Next Generation of Young Scientists: Towards a Contemporary Spirit of R&I - Sci-GENERATION

Sci-GENERATION aims at elaborating contemporary scientific thought and thereby disseminating a new spirit of research and innovation in Europe.

It is the second Targeted Network approved by the COST Committee of Senior Officials. The first Management Committee meeting was held on 13 November 2013.


Young researchers’ solid experience and competent input is extremely valuable for European science policy makers in terms of defining a robust, long-term vision for European science policy - one of the pillars of future European economic success in an increasingly competitive global market.

The Network will set up bottom-up and pan-European platform for young, outstanding European next generation researchers (including ERC Starting Grantees and other talents from less research-intensive countries) in order to share and transmit their visions on emergent research paths and research policy as well as their experience and ideas.

Sci-GENERATION is exclusively dedicated to excellent next-generation scientists because of the limitations and obstacles they run across on a daily basis as they strive towards an outstanding research career. Such obstacles result from short-term decisions in European, national or regional research policy.

The Network aims to:

  • enhance career perspectives for young researchers in public research centres and universities (particularly from less research intensive countries)
  • promote new and emergent research topics as well as research methods and organisation
  • improve synergy and avoid duplicating efforts between organisations, universities and other European platforms

Sci-GENERATION should in this way provide a unique, coordinated effort by one of the target groups of European Research Policy - the next-generation researchers - through a truly bottom-up approach as well as via clearly defined deliverables, with the aim of substantially contributing to shaping a highly productive, attractive and competitive European Research Area.

The Sci-GENERATION Memorandum of Understanding contains further details on the network, such as detailed objectives, programme, organisation and timeplan.

About Targeted Networks

Targeted (policy-driven) Networks are COST actions aiming at policy objectives - based on the Plan for Strategic Activities approved by the CSO ( COST 4111/13 ). All relevant key documents can be found on the COST Strategy page .

General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Prof Thomas SCHĂ„FER (ES)

Science officer


Administrative officer

Ms Gabriela CRISTEA


Fact Sheet

Download AFS as .RTF

Memorandum of Understanding

Download MoU as PDF


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