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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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