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Do you work in a research area which is interdisciplinary, yet does not find an outlet for development? Is your research agenda constrained by grant and funding opportunities that are too narrowly defined for your scientific networking purposes? Is an international network a potential solution?
Trans-Domain (TD) COST Actions offer researchers fertile ground for future networks across many science and technology disciplines, by allowing unusually broad, interdisciplinary proposals to cover several scientific Domains.
Submission of Trans-Domain Proposal (TDP)
Trans-domain Proposals cover two or more COST Domains.
A Pilot evaluation and selection procedure for the submission to the Open Call of Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP Pilot) was introduced in early 2013 (Open Call 2013-1). The TDP Pilot follows the Calendar and the Guidelines listed on the right-hand side of this page.
There are two key deadlines in the submission of a TDP Pilot Proposal, both requiring, as a pre-requisite, an up-to-date e-COST user profile:
The Proposals will first have to be registered via e-COST during a time window of six weeks. Proposal Registration consists of the title and acronym you wish to assign to the perspective COST Action, a short abstract (up to 250 words) and the proposal’s areas of expertise needed for its evaluation. This information will not be evaluated; it merely allows COST to pre-identify independent external experts to evaluate your proposal in a timely manner.
After registering your proposal, there will be a proposal submission deadline, also known as ‘Collection Date’.
For the first 2013 Open Call (Open Call 2013-1), dates are as follows:
- 15 February 2013: Registration of TDP Pilot Proposals opens
- 29 March 2013 at 17:00: Registration of TDP Pilot Proposals closes
- 14 June 2013 at 17:00 - Collection Date TDP Pilot Proposals
More information can be found in the TDP Pilot Guidelines for Proposers and Evaluators, which is available for download.
TDP Pilot Evaluation Process
The ‘TDP Pilot’ procedure introduces several new features with the goal of being lighter, faster and simpler than in its current set-up. Instead of the two-stage submission of a Preliminary and Full Proposal currently in place for submissions within one single COST Domain, the TDP Pilot requires one single proposal submission.
Proposals will be remotely evaluated in two steps, preceding TDP Panel hearings:
- The first step will involve independent external experts. They evaluate the first two sections of the proposal describing the scientific and technological challenge the proposal addresses and the added value of networking to tackle this challenge. The objective of this first step is to guarantee the excellence and the trans-disciplinary quality of the proposal.
- The highest ranked proposals from step one will then be evaluated, as a second step, by the TDP Panel and Domain Committee (DC) Members. DC Members will evaluate the proposed milestones and deliverables and suggested Action structure and participation. The objective of this second step is to guarantee that the proposal has a coherent and feasible implementation plan, which matches the COST mission and criteria.
The best-ranked proposals will then be invited to present at the TDP Panel Hearings where the final selection will be made.
As part of the TDP Pilot evaluation procedure, a new proposal template, revised evaluation criteria and a reviewed scoring system have been developed. Also, proposers will receive informative feedback after each step in the evaluation process. The expected time gain from proposal submission to Action approval is of two months.
Approved TD COST Actions and examples
Once a Trans-domain Proposal is approved, it is assigned to one of the nine COST domains for further management and implementation. The complete list of Trans-Domain COST Actions (approved under the former selection procedure) can be viewed on the right-hand side of this page.
Register Your Proposal
TDP Pilot Calendar
15 February 2013
Registration of TDP Pilot Proposals opens
29 March 2013 at 17:00
Registration of TDP Pilot Proposals closes
14 June 2013 at 17:00 - Collection Date TDP Pilot Proposals
Step 1 - Challenge selection
9 August 2013 - Feedback by External Experts made available to proposers
Step 2 - Implementation Plan
13 September 2013 – Evaluation Feedback made available to proposers
Step 3 - TDP Panel Hearings
30 September 2013
2 October 2013 - Shortlist communicated to JAF
14 November 2013 - TDP Pilot Actions approved by CSO
15 November 2013 - Feedback by TDP Panel made available to proposers
Trans-Domain COST Actions
- MPNS Action TD1210 | Analyzing the dynamics of information and knowledge landscapes - KNOWeSCAPE
- FA Action TD1209 | European Information System for Alien Species
- CMST Action TD1208 | Electrical discharges with liquids for future applications
- ICT Action TD1207 | Mathematical Optimization in the Decision Support Systems for Efficient and Robust Energy Networks
- ISCH Action TD1206 | Development and Implementation of European Standards on Prevention of Occupational Skin Diseases (StanDerm)
- BMBS Action TD1205 | Innovative methods in radiotherapy and radiosurgery using synchrotron radiation
- MPNS Action TD1204 | Modelling Nanomaterial Toxicity (MODENA)
- FA Action TD1203 | Food waste valorisation for sustainable chemicals, materials & fuels (EUBis)
- ICT Action TD1202 | Mapping and the citizen sensor
- MPNS Action TD1201 | Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage (COSCH)
- FA Action TD1107 | Biochar as option for sustainable resource management
- TUD Action TD1106 | Urban Agriculture Europe (UAE)
- ESSEM Action TD1105 | European Network on New Sensing Technologies for Air-Pollution Control and Environmental Sustainability - EuNetAir
- BMBS Action TD1104 | European network for development of electroporation-based technologies and treatments (EP4Bio2Med)
- MPNS Action TD1103 | European Network for Hyperpolarization Physics and Methodology in NMR and MRI
- CMST Action TD1102 | Photosynthetic proteins for technological applications: biosensors and biochips (PHOTOTECH)
- BMBS Action TD1101 | A Collaborative European Network on Rabbit Genome Biology (RGB-Net)
- MPNS Action TD1007 | Bimodal PET-MRI molecular imaging technologies and applications for in vivo monitoring of disease and biological processes
- BMBS Action TD1006 | European Network on Robotics for NeuroRehabilitation
- ISCH Action TD1005 | Pain Assessment in Patients with Impaired Cognition, especially Dementia
- CMST Action TD1004 | Theragnostics Imaging and Therapy: An Action to Develop Novel Nanosized Systems for Imaging-Guided Drug Delivery
- CMST Action TD1003 | Bio-inspired nanotechnologies: from concepts to applications
- BMBS Action TD1002 | European network on applications of Atomic Force Microscopy to NanoMedicine and Life Sciences (AFM4NanoMed&Bio)
- ICT Action TD1001 | Novel and Reliable Optical Fibre Sensor Systems for Future Security and Safety Applications (OFSeSa)
- MPNS Action TD0906 | Biological adhesives: from biology to biomimetics
- CMST Action TD0905 | Epigenetics: Bench to Bedside
- ISCH Action TD0904 | Time In MEntaL activitY: theoretical, behavioral, bioimaging and clinical perspectives (TIMELY)
- CMST Action TD0903 | Understanding and manipulating enzymatic and proteomic processes in biomineralization - towards new biomimetic strategies, the creation of tailored nano-scale architectures and environmental monitoring
- ISCH Action TD0902 | Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf
- BMBS Action TD0901 | Hypoxia sensing, signalling and adaptation
- TUD Action TD0804 | Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes
- ESSEM Action TD0803 | Detecting evolutionary hot spots of antibiotic resistances in Europe (DARE)
- CMST Action TD0802 | Dendrimers in Biomedical Applications
- FA Action TD0801 | Statistical challenges on the 1000€ genome sequences in plants