COST Programmes support Training and Collaboration: Get involved!!

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Published on: February 4, 2020

Take home Message: COST Activities are open for everyone*

Since its inception, the European COST programme has operated according to one main instrument, the COST Action.

COST Actions are organised by a range of networking tools, such as meetings, conferences, workshops, short-term scientific missions, training schools, publications and dissemination activities. Funding supports COST Action networking tools but does not provide support for research projects (aside from within STSMs).

A COST Action is open to all:

– researchers, policy makers and innovators

– across all fields of science and technology (including trans-, and interdisciplinary, new and emerging fields)

– Most type of institution (academia, public institutions, SME/industry, NGO, European/international organisations, etc.)

– all career stages (both young and experienced)

COST Actions provide funding for meetings that bring together researchers from around Europe and the world. These face-to-face meetings reduce barriers to form important collaborative relationships.

The other main instruments that COST Actions use to support training are

1) Training Schools are up-to week-long events that offer instruction in a relevant topic for the Cost Action. These are usually fully supported by the Cost Action.

2) Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) provide funding for a participating (usually early career) researcher to perform research in a different country for up to 3months. This period of research is supported with a maximum of ~€2500.

Both Training schools and STSMs represent essentially FREE support to train the next generation of researchers. These are particularly useful for countries where the research infrastructure is being developed.

Importantly researchers in ANY MEMBER COUNTRY are eligible to participate in training schools or STSMs as well as to apply to attend Action conferences. Most researchers will be unaware of these opportunities but they are a real option to support your own or your lab member’s research.

CA16212: Impact of Nuclear Domains On Gene Expression and Plant Traits (INDEPTH) Active until 27/11/2021

CA18111 – Genome editing in plants – a technology with transformative potential (PlantEd) Active until 24/4/2023

CA15223 – Modifying plants to produce interfering RNA Active until 26/10/2020

CA16110 – Control of Human Pathogenic Micro-organisms in Plant Production Systems Active until 5/3/2021

CA16107 – EuroXanth: Integrating science on Xanthomonadaceae for integrated plant disease management in Europe Active until 15/3/2021

CA18201 – An integrated approach to conservation of threatened plants for the 21st Century Active until 14/10/2023|Name:overview

*- Currently UK researchers are only eligible until the end of 2020 depending on pending Brexit negotiations. We remain confident that these will be successgfully resolved.

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