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1 European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) 1 st MC Meeting COST Action IS /03/2012 By Dr Geny Piotti Science Officer ISCH

2 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 1 PART I SCIENCE

3 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 2 COST Domains 1.Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) 2.Food and Agriculture (FA) 3.Forests, their Products and Services (FPS) 4.Materials, Physical & Nanosciences (MPNS) 5.Chemistry and Molecular Sciences & Technologies (CMST) 6.Earth System Science & Environmental Management (ESSEM) 7.Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) 8.Transport & Urban Development (TUD) 9.Individuals, Societies, Cultures & Health (ISCH)

4 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 3 ISCH Domain Description Scope: Coordinating long-term research within Social Sciences and Humanities (incl. all „social“ aspects of health)  Networking of nationally funded research activities through COST Actions

5 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 4 ISCH – Domain Description (2) Brief history: 1971: COST 1989: Social Sciences 2003: Social Sciences & Humanities 2006: Individuals, Societies, Cultures & Health

6 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 5 COST Open Call Collection Dates Relative demand by Domain and Collection Date Eligible Preliminary Proposals

7 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 6 ISCH Portfolio - Overview ISCH Health, Education & Individual Development Science, Economy, Technology & Media Law, Policy & Politics History & Identity

8 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 7 ISCH Portfolio (1) Science, Economy, Technology and Media: IS0604: Science and technology research in a knowledge-based society (BE) IS0701: Comparative analysis of enterprise data: industry dynamics, firm performance and worker outcomes (DE) IS0905: The Emergence of Southern Multinationals and their Impact on Europe (IE) IS0906: Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies (BE)

9 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 8 ISCH Portfolio (2) History & Identity: IS0803: Remaking Eastern Borders in Europe (UK) IS0901: Women Writers in HIstory: Towards a new understanding of European Literary Culture (NL) TD0902: Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf (UK) IS0904: European Architecture beyond Europe: Sharing Research and Knowledge on Dissemination Processes, Historical Data and Material Legacy (19th-20th centuries) (FR)

10 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 9 ISCH Portfolio (3) Law, Politics & Policy: IS0702: The role of the EU in UN Human Rights reform (AT) IS0802: The Transformation of Global Environmental Governance (DE) IS0805: New Challenges of Peacekeeping and the EU‘s Role in Multilateral Crisis Management (BE) IS0806: The True European Voter (DE) IS0807: Living in Surveillance Societies (UK) IS1003: International Law between Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation (NL)

11 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 10 ISCH Portfolio (4) Health, Education & Individual Development: IS0801: Cyberbullying: Coping with Negative and Enhancing Positive Uses of New technologies, in Relationships in Educational Settings (UK) IS0804: Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society – Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment (IL) IS0902: Enhancing the Role of Medicine in the Management of European Health Sustems (UK) TD0904: Time in Mental Activity: theoretical, behavioural, bio-imaging and clinical perspectives (GR) IS0907: Childbirth Cultures, Concerns and Consequences (UK)

12 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 11 This COST Action COST IS1104: Title: The EU in the new complex geography of economic systems: models, tools and policy evaluation Main objectives: A) to provide a better understanding of the EU as a complex, multi-level, evolving geographical system, taking duly into account the dynamic processes occurring within such a system; B) to improve strategies for EU regional policies aimed at supporting regions in a globalized economy.

13 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 12 Status of the Action CSO approval: 01/12/2011 Start of the Action: 22/03/2012 End of the Action: 21/03/2016 Currently 16 parties (A, BE BG, EST, DE, EL, ES, HU, IT, LUX, MT, NL, RO, SE, SK, UK) + 1 intention (SL) DC Rapporteur: Snezana Bilic-Sotiroska (MK)

14 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 13 Related COST Actions IS1102 Social Services, Welfare State and Places. The restructuring of social services in Europe and its impacts on social and territorial cohesion and governance. Chair: Prof. Flavia Martinelli (IT):

15 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 14 PART II COST STRUCTURE

16 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 15 What is COST? Intergovernmental cooperation –Created in 1971 –9 Scientific & Technical domains Participation –36 COST Member States (1 Cooperating Country - Israel) –International organisations and research institutions from non-COST countries on Mutual Benefit basis –The European Commission COST Actions –Concerted Actions (Networks) of nationally funded R&D

17 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 16 Co-ordination through cooperation in networks Pan-European Multi-disciplinary “Non-competitive” (pre-normative; public utility) Prerequisite: national financing of researchers and projects – national responsibility “Bottom-up” – no fixed programme/priorities Flexible participation – join in if you are interested “Interdisciplinary Exploratoria” Enabling agent – focus on early-stage researchers Open to global cooperation COST characteristics

18 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 17 CSO approves draft MOU CSO approves draft MOU Two Stage Process (6 months) Dissemination (x years) time 5 countries sign MOU 5 countries sign MOU Open Call Collection Date Implementation (4 years) Monitoring DC adopts draft MoU DC assesses proposal s Assessment Evaluation 1st MC Meeting 1st MC Meeting COST Action Life Cycle

19 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 18 COST Governance

20 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 19 COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) 2 representatives per COST Country Responsible for: The overall strategy and steering of COST Deciding on the launching of individual Actions Approving participation of institutes from non-COST countries Approving the prolongation/extension of Actions President: Dr Ángeles Rodríguez Peña

21 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 20 Domain Committees (DCs) 1 representative per country Responsible for: Selection of new COST Actions (quality control) Monitoring of ongoing COST Actions Evaluation of completed COST Actions Strategic developments in its Domain; synergies Dissemination and valorisation of COST activities Chair of DC-ISCH: Dr Marc Caball, Ireland

22 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 21 Management Committees (MCs) Supervises and coordinates the implementation of the Action Provides decisions as the only „legal basis“ for expenditures Is composed of:  Maximum 2 representatives of each Party (they ensure the scientific coordination at national level)  One representative of any non-COST institution admitted to participate Each Party has one vote

23 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 22 Working Groups (WGs) A small number of researchers working together per WG MC members or other researchers from the parties Invited experts Members from non-COST institutions

24 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 23  The 27 EU Member States  EFTA Member States  Iceland  Norway  Switzerland  Acceding & Candidate Countries  Croatia  Acceding & Candidate Countries  Croatia  FYR of Macedonia  Turkey  Potential Candidate Countries  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Republic of Serbia  COST Co-operating States  Israel 36 COST Countries

25 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 24 How to participate? COST Countries: –“Open Call” with collection dates –Membership is open to all countries within 12 months of Action approval –After that, approval of MC is required

26 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 25 Participation of Non-COST institutions May participate on an Action-by-Action basis, provided that There is mutual S&T benefit The CSO approves (following MC and DC approval) Participation is possible after an online application and the approval of SO, MC, DC and JAF Non-COST institutions have no voting right in the MC and usually pay their own costs Special schemes with Neighbouring countries (meetings and travel costs) and Argentina/Australia/New Zealand/South Africa (RSTSMs)

27 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 26 COST and our Neighbours COST Countries COST Neighbouring Countries Special budget line in the COST system to facilitate collaborations Specific exchange activities (Short-Term Scientific Missions, cooperation of early- stage researchers)

28 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH participations in 138 running Actions (36 countries) Jan EGYPT GEORGIA SRI LANKA MALAYSIA PAPUA NEW GUINEA Australia (74) Japan (14) Canada (25) New Zealand (55) Russia (38) USA (45) Rep of Korea (4) Algeria (1) India (9) Hong Kong (1) South Africa (29) Argentina (10) Brazil (5) Colombia (1) Morocco (6) Andorra (1) Egypt (6) Georgia (7) Ukraine (26) Tunisia (7) China (12) Armenia (5) Albania (6) Lebanon (5) Belarus (7) Mexico (3) Pakistan (1) Singapore (1) UAE (1) Moldova (4) Palestinian auth. (2) Chile (1) Mauritius (1) Sudan (1) Uruguay (1) Taiwan (1) 27 COST countries Neighbouring countries Reciprocal agreements countries COST Actions: Global participation – Jan. 2011

29 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 28 PART III ADMISTRATION

30 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 29 COST funds Contract between the EC and the European Science Foundation (ESF) Under FP6: SSA – Strengthening the European Research Area –80 M€ for Funded under FP7 Cooperation –240 M€ M€ for Operated by the COST Office

31 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 30 What is funded? Science management meetings Scientific conferences, workshops and seminars Short-Term Scientific Missions Training Schools Dissemination

32 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 31 Tasks of the Management Committees (MCs) Managing the Action‘s budget Submitting the annual Work and Budget Plan:  Submitted by the Chair on behalf of the MC  Final Financial Report (Financial rapporteurs) Submitting the Progress Reports within a given deadline Contributing to the Domain‘s Annual Progress Conference (1st June 2012 Lyon)

33 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 32 Annual Grant Contracts COST-ISCH support: Annual Grant Contracts with Grant- Holder organisation Contract covers costs (ie, instruments) for: –Secretariat (administration + charges) Max 15% of actual expenses! –Meetings (MC and WGs) –Seminars, workshops, and training schools –Short Term Scientific Missions - STSMs –Publications & Dissemination activities Generally from the Action budget; in special cases they may also be financed centrally at the COST Office (final publications)

34 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 33 Required from you (MC) Action Budget: EUR –Does not include this meeting Action Administration –Elect a Chair and Vice-Chair (not from the same institution) –Appoint a Grant Holder (and Secretary) –Appoint two Financial Rapporteurs –Appoint Action Secretary (if needed)

35 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 34 Required from you (MC) Work and budget plan for –To be submitted as soon as possible –Submitted by Chair on behalf of MC –Start of Grant envisaged for 2 nd June –Intermediate Financial Report deadline: 6-9 months from start of the Grant Period –Final Financial Report deadline: 1 month after the end of the Grant Period Progress Report deadline –Middle-End of April 2013 Annual Progress Conference: –To be decided, approx.: June 2013

36 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 35 Reimbursement Policy According to the COST rules: Standard rates for meals and accommodation (no invoices needed), actual cost of most economical travel (copies of tickets). Normally, up to 2 researchers per signatory country per individual MC or WG meeting can be reimbursed This is a maximum, not an entitlement, to ensure a reasonable international balance among the participants. In addition, a limited number of invited experts can be reimbursed. For WG meetings, selection can be delegated to the WG Coordinator and the MC Chair, after nomination by the MC of MC members themselves or other researchers drawn from the respective national research communities.

37 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 36 Local organiser support Support for conferences and workshop in conjunction with MC meetings or other major scientific event One conference/workshop per year is usual Grant: –Up to EUR –Up to 30 EUR p.p: no invoices needed –More than 30 EUR p.p: invoices needed (attention: VAT is non-eligible cost!)

38 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 37 Short-Term Scientific Missions Promote exchange within an Action’s scientific objectives. Allow a researcher (especially early-stage) to go to an institution in another COST country to foster cooperation Duration of the mission: from 5 days up to 3 months Grant: normally up to EUR Special STSMs for Early Stage Researchers (< PhD+8 years): up to 6 months with a grant of up to 3500 EUR Application procedure: through the online tool. Prior MC approval necessary.

39 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 38 Training Schools Provide dissemination of Action activities and intensive training, especially for young researchers. Action members are normally the lecturers. Duration: normally less than 5 days Number of attendees: normally up to 30 Support for: –Organisation: like local organiser support –Lecturers: normal COST reimbursement rules –Fixed grants for attendees: normally up to 600 EUR or like STSMs

40 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 39 Publication Support Support for disseminating the work of the Action (books, special journal issues, website, conference proceedings, CDs, etc…) Normally out of the Action’s own budget. Final Publication: up to euros from the PR budget. Request : to the Science Officer 6 months before the end of the Action

41 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 40 ISCH at the COST Office Science Officer: Dr Geny Piotti Administrative Officer: Ms Jeannette Nchung Oru COST website: COST Vademecum: Action website:

42 COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme ESF provides the COST Office through an EC contract ISCH ISCH - 41 Thank you for your attention! Any questions?


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