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COST European COoperation in Science and Technology Belspo, 14 March 2014. Benjamin MONNOYE, Attaché [email protected] Directorate of scientific research DG non-compulsory education and scientific research Ministry of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. • • • COST main characteristics.

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COSTEuropean COoperation in Science and TechnologyBelspo, 14 March 2014

Benjamin MONNOYE, Attaché

[email protected]

Directorate of scientific research

DG non-compulsory education and scientific research

Ministry of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels

cost main characteristics
••• COST main characteristics
  • Founded in 1971
  • Intergovernmental initiative
  • FP7 budget : EUR 250 Mio (EU Commission)
  • supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers all fields of research via coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level
  • 1 Instrument: COST Action (4 year network - min.5 COST countries)
  • § +/- 300 Running Action
  • average funding about 130 000 € per year per Action
  • “Bottom-up” –no fixed programmes / priorities
  • Focus on multidisciplinary cooperation
  • Promotion of Early Stage Researchers
36 cost countries
•••36 COST Countries
  • The 28 EU Member States
  • Acceding & Candidate Countries - FYR of Macedonia (FYROM)

- Iceland

- Republic of Serbia

- Turkey

  • Other Countries - Bosnia and Herzegovina

- Norway

- Switzerland

  • COST Co-operating States - Israel
what is a cost action
•••What is a COST Action?

CouncilCOST Secretariat

COMMITTEE OF SENIOR OFFICIALS (CSO)

COST National Coordinators

10 COST Domain Committees

F&A

……..

…….

……

…..

MC

COST Actions

(200+)

Action WGs

WORKING GROUPS …… ~ 30.000 researchers

Scientific Domain

what is funded by cost
•••What is funded by COST?
  • COST Actions:A network of (nationally) funded projects(min. 5 participating countries) receive a financial contributionbased on a joint work programme (4 years) for:
    • Science management / working group meetings
    • Scientific workshops and seminars
    • Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)
    • Training Schools and Research Conferences
    • Dissemination
how cost works
•••How COST works ?
  • How to introduce a COST Action
  • Assessment of Action proposals
  • How to join an Action
how to introduce a cost action proposal
•••How to Introduce a COST Action proposal
  • Open call, 2 collection dates/year

(next march 2014)

  • Network ≥ 5 member countries
  • Consult the COST website
  • Take notice of the assessment criteria
  • Contact your CNC(s)
assessment of action proposals
•••Assessment of Action proposals
  • Over a period of 9 months (collection date -> start)
  • Preproposals: DC members + Experts
  • Full proposals: EEP + hearings DC
cost action life cycle

Implementation

(4 years)

•••COST Action life cycle

Open CallCollection Date

Two Stage

Process

(max. 9 months)

Dissemination

(x years)

Assessment

MonitoringAPCs

External experts & DC assess full proposals

DC assesses pre-proposals

Evaluation

time

1st MC Meeting

CSO approves MoU

min. 5 countries accept MoU

how to join an action
••• How to join an Action
  • Help writing the (pre)proposal
  • Respond positively during the elaboration of a full proposal
  • Join a starting/running Action via your CNC, preferably during the first year
some websites of interest
•••Some websites of interest
  • www.cost.eu
  • www.belspo.be
  • www.fwo.be/
  • www.fnrs.be/
  • www.recherchescientifique.cfwb.be/
thank you for your attention benjamin monnoye wallonia brussels federation 14 march 2014
Thank you for your attention !Benjamin Monnoye, Wallonia-Brussels Federation, 14 march 2014
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