COST Inclusiveness countries

Report
Annual COST Seminar News from COST Office
Dr Luule Mizera
COST ISCH Science Officer
Paide, Estonia
28/08/2014
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by the EU Framework Programme
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COST at a turning point
COST is a cornerstone of ERA aiming at higher
visibility during the H2020 period:
 COST Association establishment: a new dedicated
implementation structure
 New funding period: 2014-2020
 Contribution to H2020 goals: strengthen Europe’s research
and innovation capacities
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2014 year of transition
Establishment of a new implementing structure, the
COST Association (19 September 2013)
 Current membership of the COST Association stands 33
members and one Cooperating State:
Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,
Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Israel (Cooperating State).
Transition from FP7 to Horizon 2020
 To prepare for this transition, the COST Office and the
current implementing agent for COST, ESF, are
collaborating to finalise FP7 activities
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COST Budget from H2020
EUR 300 million (constant prices) for 7 years
coming from two H2020 work programmes:
 Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world – inclusive,
innovative and reflective Societies”
 “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation”
For trans-European networking of nationally
funded research activities
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COST objectives under H2020
Enabling breakthrough scientific developments leading to new
concepts and products.
Jointly contributing to strengthening Europe’s research and
innovation capacities.
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Joining research efforts and
developing common S&T programmes
Capacity building
Addressing societal questions
Strengthening COST’s Inclusiveness
Policy
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COST Key Features for H2020
COST Key Principles
 Supporting excellence
 Being open
 Being inclusive
COST Driving Forces
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Fostering new ideas
Sharing knowledge
Output orientation
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COST Policies under H2020
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Inclusiveness
Originated from:
 Political context of Horizon 2020.
 Geographical context of the COST Member Countries.
With the aim to:
 Encourage and enable researchers from less researchintensive countries across the COST Member Countries to
set up and/or join COST Actions and get more intensively
involved in all COST activities.
 Counterbalancing research communities’ unequal access to
knowledge infrastructures, funding and resources distribution.
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COST Inclusiveness countries
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Inclusiveness
IMPLEMENTATION at MC Level:
The ACTION should have a plan towards inclusiveness that should be
revised an updated at every MC meeting.
SOME EXAMPLES:
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Leadership roles at Action level.
Locating Action meetings, workshops & conferences.
Promoting STSMs tool in these countries.
Benefiting from COST networking tools.
Strategy of the Action in order to attract top-scientist from these
countries.
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Early Stage Researchers
ESR = ˂ 8 Years PhD*
To address the difficulty in developing independent careers and to
establish their first research group under their own responsibility.
COST Strategy
Support
ESR
*PhD or equivalent experience11
Early Stage Researchers
IMPLEMENTATION at MC Level:
The ACTION should have a plan for the involvement of ESR that
should be revised and updated at every MC meeting.
SOME EXAMPLES:
 Set a target figure, from which a percentage of the Action budget shall be
used for ESRs-STSMs.
 Special STSMs for Early Stage Researchers: up to 6 months with a grant
of up to 3.500 EUR.
 Specific Support for Training Schools.
 An early stage researchers' network may be created within the Action as
a “think tank”.
 Leadership roles at Action level (WG leaders…)
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Gender balance
With the aim to:
 Encourage and enable under
represented gender to be intensively
involved in all COST activities.
 Networking the way to gender
equality in science and technology.
IMPLEMENTATION at MC Level:
SOME EXAMPLES:
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Leadership roles at Action level (WG leaders…)
Gender balance in allocation of STSMs
Active promotion of STSMs to ESRs of under-represented gender
Gender balance in allocation of Training School Trainee grants
Gender balance in allocation of meeting reimbursement places
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International Cooperation
With the aim to:
 to support the involvement of
researchers
from
Near
Neighbour and International
Partner countries in COST
Actions on the basis of mutual
benefit.
IMPLEMENTATION at Action Level:
SOME EXAMPLES:
 Approved IPC and NNC institutions can host STSMs
 Researcher from Approved NNC institutions can:
 Apply for STSM
 Attend Training Schools
 Researchers from Approved IPC and NNC institutions can be
trainers
COST 4115/13: COST International Cooperation Rules
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http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/cost_countries/international_cooperation
SMEs & Industry
 Facilitate/ encourage industry/ stakeholder participation – eg
programme has a half/ full day focussed just on industry-relevant issues
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COST Organisation under
H2020
Ministerial Conference
Committee of Senior Officials (CSO)
Executive Board
COST Association Administration
Action
Management
Committee (MC)
Working Groups (WG)
COST National Coordinators
COST
Association
Scientific Committee(s) (SCs)
COST Prepares for H2020
Principles of monitoring and reporting for COST Actions:
 Assure a lightweight and cost effective procedure.
 Support Actions in Objective completion.
 Assess progress and identify possible corrective measures.
Objectives of the Final Evaluation:
 To identify and describe how well the Action has reached its stated
objectives.
 Identify long last impact of the Action after its completion, including the
initiation of any follow-up activities and its impact on R&D activities in
the area covered by the Action.
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Dissemination & Publication
Disseminating and transferring knowledge is a key value to
COST, and the use of results by policymakers, industry and
society is vital.
COST Actions are therefore encouraged to use all means to
communicate their findings to the European research
community and to society at large.
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Dissemination & Publication
Action Publication and Dissemination Activities
COST Action budget and are paid by the Grant Holder.
Responsibility of the Management Committee.
Publication and dissemination strategy must be reflected in the Work and
Budget plan for every Grant Period.
Final Action Publication
One publication per Action.
They are ordered and paid directly by the COST Office.
Request 6 months before the official end date of the Action.
Published and Invoiced at most 12 months from the official end of the
Action
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Thank you!
Dr Luule Mizera
[email protected]
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