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COST brings together researchers and experts in different countries working on specific topics. COST does NOT fund research itself, but supports networking activities such as meetings, conferences, short-term scientific exchanges and outreach activities. Currently around 250 scientific networks (Actions) are supported.
COST invites proposals for Actions contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal development of Europe. Proposals playing a precursor role for other European programmes and/or initiated by early-stage researchers are especially welcome.
Developing stronger links amongst European researchers is crucial to building the European Research Area (ERA). COST stimulates new, innovative, interdisciplinary and broad research networks in Europe. COST activities are carried out by research teams to strengthen the foundations for building scientific excellence in Europe.
COST is organised in nine broad Domains (Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences; Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies; Earth System Science and Environmental Management; Food and Agriculture; Forests, their Products and Services; Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health; Information and Communication Technologies; Materials, Physics and Nanosciences; Transport and Urban Development). The intended coverage of each domain is explained on the COST website.
Applicants are invited to locate their topic within one domain. However, inter-disciplinary proposals not fitting readily into a single domain should be submitted as Trans-Domain proposals (TDP) and will be evaluated separately.
Proposals should include researchers from a minimum of five COST countries. Financial support for an Action of 19 participating countries is in the range of €130,000 p.a., normally for four years, subject to available budget.
Proposals will be assessed in two stages, except for the TDP. The deadline for preliminary proposals is 29 March 2013. For TDP proposals, the next deadline is 14 June 2013
Further details are available via the COST website
Reference: 2012/C 396/07