Since 1971, COST has received EU funding under the various research and innovation framework programmes. The COST Association, an international not-for-profit association under Belgian law, is located in Brussels and carries out all activities related to this Open Call. The COST Members established the COST Association, in September 2013. Its decision-making body is the general assembly of Members, the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO). Other legal bodies are the Executive Board, the COST Director and the COST Ministerial Conferences, which are organised every five years to gather the support and commitment of the Members’ national governments. Each Member and the Cooperating Member Israel nominate a COST National Coordinator. The COST Scientific Committee advises the COST Association about the Open Call, its quality and procedures.
It is a pan-European intergovernmental framework dedicated to interdisciplinary networking activities for researchers (EU and beyond) to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all scientific and technological fields through trans-European coordination of nationally funded research activities. It receives financial support from “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” under Horizon 2020.
3 priorities: 1.Promoting and spreading excellence; 2.Fostering interdisciplinary research for breakthrough science; 3.Empowering and retaining young researchers and innovators. COST is fully integrated into the successor of “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation”, so 80% of its budget will be devoted to widening actions and 50% of its budget will be invested in widening eligible countries (ITC).
More budget under FP9: initiation of up to 75 new COST Actions per call, reaching 625 Actions per year with a success rate of 15% for submitted proposals (at present, 75% of the proposals rated as excellent cannot be funded due to lack of budget)
Involve 7 or more initial partners.
Include training for early stage researchers.
The call is very competitive, so prepare in due time the application.
Don’t underestimate the 15 pages template
Don’t foresee too many working groups
Don’t be vague in the description of the expected impact.