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COST - Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy

Danube-INCO.NET and the PA7 working group on DRRIF met in Vienna last 18th September to debate about current activities and strategic projects in view of upcoming calls 2016/2017. In such an occasion a presentation of COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy was given by Mr. Ralf König (FFG) and it is presented hereinafter.

  • Posted on: 23.09.2015
  • Year of publication: 2015

While the general COST mission is to enable breakthrough scientific and technological developments through bottom-up trans-European networking, its Excellence & Inclusiveness Policy focuses on countries that can benefit from more visibility, gender - balance, young talents and next generation leaders. It is tailored to bring out excellence in science Europe-wide and clear away obstacles by creating cooperation opportunities for researchers, engineers and scholars from all COST Member Countries

Through bottom-up, open and excellence-driven COST Actions and activities, the Excellence & Inclusiveness Policy nurtures talent and creativity.  It is developed around  three main elements : 

  • geographical spread 
  • career stage: involving early career investigators
  • gender balance 

The policy includes less research-intensive  COST Member Countries which are entitled  COST Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITCs):
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

The Objectives are:

  1. Identifying excellence in science and technology across Europe
  2. Increasing research communities' access to funding and infrastructures
  3. Triggering structural changes in COST Member Countries' national research systems

To reach these objectives, COST Action activities will focus on:

  • Leadership by encouraging researchers and institutions in ITCs to set up and lead COST Actions, as well as  manage COST Action grants
  • Increasing researchers' visibility and connection, no matter their location, age or gender,  to leading European science hubs

The COST Actions feature three key principles: Openness, Excellence and Inclusiveness, achieved by fostering new ideas, sharing knowledge and an output orientation. They are open to :all fields of S&T (including interdisciplinary, new and emergent fields), all partners (public and private, big and small), all countries (COST Member Countries, Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries). There are 2 Collection Dates per year (Spring and Autumn). For all information: www.cost.eu/participate/open_call

Find the presentation below for download


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Source: Ralf König (FFG) | Document type: Presentation | Affilation and Pillar: Research and innovation community | Geographical focus: Danube Region

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