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COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Their Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.

ETN has a running COST Action that  provides funds for organising meetings, training schools, short term scientific missions, conference grants and virtual mobility grants. Here we give an overview of the funds you can apply for.

Virtual Mobility Grants:

Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants allow scientists to continue and expand cooperation in a virtual setting. These activities may include surveys, courses, workshops, preparation of protocols, virtual mentoring and a range of other activities that do not necessarily require personal presence. These grants are like “virtual STSMs” and also offer the opportunity to perform at least part of a potentially cancelled STSM virtually.

Find out more here.

Short-Term Scientific Missions:

STSM facilitates Researchers whose home institution is located in a Participating COST Full Member or COST Cooperating Member Country to go to an institution, organisation or research centre in another participating COST Country to foster collaboration and to perform empirical research. Participation of “Early Career Investigators” (ECI) in STSM is particularly encouraged. An applicant can be considered as being ECI when the time that has elapsed between the award date of the applicant’s PhD and the date of the applicant’s first involvement in the COST Action CA18102 does not exceed 8 years. PhD students are also eligible to partake in STSMs. Find out more below.

ITC Conference Grants:

ITC Conference Grants are aimed at supporting ECI and PhD students from Participating ITC (Inclusiveness Target Country) to attend international science and technology related conferences on the topic of the Action that are not organised by the COST Action. Find out more below.

Download application form for ITC-CG