Posted: February 25, 2008

COST open call collection date coming up (March 28)

(Nanowerk News) The next collection date for for Preliminary Proposals for the Open Call to support Scientific and Technical Collaboration in Europe is on March 28, 2008.
COST is one of the longest-running instruments supporting co-operation among scientists and researchers across Europe. COST now has 35 member countries and enables scientists to collaborate in a wide spectrum of activities in research and technology.
Proposals can be submitted in nine scientific domains (inter-disciplinary proposals are possible):
  • Biomedicine and Molecular Bioscience; 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, Physical and Nanosciences;
  • Transport and Urban Development
  • COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for research networks and use this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives.
    COSTís main objective is to stimulate new, innovative and interdisciplinary scientific networks in Europe. COST activities (Actions) are carried out by research teams to strengthen the foundations for building scientific excellence in Europe. This continuous call is thematically open.
    COST invites proposals for new COST Actions contributing to the scientific, economic, cultural or societal development of Europe. Proposals playing a precursor role for other European programmes involving young groupsí ideas are especially welcome.
    Since 1971 COST brings together research teams in different countries working on specific topics. It finances networking of nationally funded activities in supporting meetings, conferences, short term scientific exchanges and outreach activities. COST supports the networking of specific research themes (COST does NOT fund research projects themselves). Currently more than 200 Actions are supported. Every year approximately 50 new Actions will be approved. On average financial support of some Ä 90.000 p.a. as grant for normally 4 years can be expected.
    A two stage process will be followed to assess proposals. Preliminary Proposals should provide a brief overview of the proposal and its impact. A pre-selection will rank the remaining Preliminary Proposals of which some 75 per collection date will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.
    Source: COST
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