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New Open Call in preparation by the COST Association: Pre-Announcement

The new Open Call - the first under the COST Association - will be published on the COST website in December 2014. Proposals can be submitted as of January 2015.

You shall be able to submit your proposals anytime throughout the year.
The Open Call shall continue having the spring and summer Collection Dates, when all submitted proposals are gathered and evaluated.

The next Collection Date (spring 2015) shall be specified in December 2014

The new Proposal Template and the Guidelines for submitting COST Action proposals shall be available in December 2014. You shall also be able to consult the new evaluation criteria, available on this page by end of the year.

New Rules and Procedures

The COST Association now features a new scientific organisation including new rules and procedures.

The new Action Proposal Submission, Evaluation and Selection procedure is fully science and technology-driven, emphasising the bottom-up nature of COST.  The procedure is transparent, simple and fast.

  • Solely Science and Technology-driven
    • Open to to all science and technology fields, focusing on excellence 
    • No prior categorisation in domains of Action proposals
    • Equal opportunities to succeed for all scientists and topics
  • Simple
    • Only one submission stage 
    • A single proposal, maximum 15 pages
    • No hearings 
    • More user-friendly IT tools
  • Transparent 
    • Independent 
    • Peer review evaluation 
    • Proposal selection by internationally renowned experts in the field(s)

New features highlights: Action Proposal Evaluation and Selection

You benefit from a one-stage submission:

  • Proposal up to 15 pages
  • Open to all fields of science and technology

The scientific organisation carries out a three-step procedure:

  • Evaluation:
    • Driven by renowned international experts, based on excellence, impact and implementation criteria
    • Peer review: each proposal anonymously and remotely evaluated by three independent External Experts in the science and technology field(s) indicated by the proposers
    • Consensus-oriented, using on-line collaborative tools
  • Revision 
    • Driven by Review Panels reporting to the Scientific Committee, quality checks and resolution of eventual discrepancies
    • Review Panels composed of active scientists nominated by the COST National Coordinators to a pool of experts
    • Ad hoc Panels created according to the actual needs of the proposals submitted to each Collection Date
  • Selection
    • Driven by the Scientific Committee (SC), reporting to the CSO
    • High-level experts, one per COST Member Country
    • The SC selects the top-ranked proposals to be recommended for approval by the CSO

Open Call Contacts

General enquiries and technical problems


e-COST is a portal for COST Action participants' registration and financial reporting

Link to e-COST portal


Last updated: 26 November 2014 top of page

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