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A new opportunity for networking science in Europe

04.04.2006


COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is launching an Open Call for proposals.



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.

COST’s 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. A first collection date for preliminary proposals is 31 May 2006.


COST invites proposals for new COST Actions contributing to the scientific, technical, economic, cultural or societal development of Europe. Proposals playing a precursor role for other European programmes involving young groups’ ideas are especially welcome.

Details on the Open Call can be found at www.cost.esf.org/opencall.

“Inviting the European scientific community at large to take advantage of the COST scheme for the first time is an important step to foster the development of the ERA” says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Francesco Fedi, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials.

The Director of the COST Office, Dr Martin Grabert adds “by encouraging new groups to network their ideas and projects we want to actively contribute to strengthening the European competitivity and attractiveness of joining forces”.

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 does NOT fund research itself. Currently more than 200 Actions are supported. Every year approximately 50 new Actions will be approved. On average financial support of some € 90.000 p.a. as grant for normally 4 years can be expected.

Gabi Egartner | alfa
Further information:
http://www.cost.esf.org

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