Events and Networking Tools

COST Actions use a number of different networking tools in order to achieve the Action’s objectives. In our Action we will meet, have workshops, run training schools, and offer short term scientific missions, amongst other activities in order to achieve our goals.

Actions are divided into grant periods within which the networking tools occur.

Our first grant period ran from October 2016 until 30th April 2017, and the second grant period ran from the 1st May 2017 and until the 30th April 2018.

In the ‘Archive and Resources’ section of this website you can find outputs from these grant periods and accounts of our activities.

The third grant period began on 1st May 2018 and will finish on 30th April 2019.


Third grant period events




We will have two meetings in Grant Period 3:

University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary, 4th – 5th October 2018 – report available here.

University of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro, 21st – 22nd February 2019.

Training Schools


As in Grant Period 2, in Grant Period 3 we will offer development opportunities through training schools. In this grant period we will offer two training schools.

The first of these took place in the University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania from 10th – 14th September 2018. A report based on feedback on this event is available here

The second training school will be Goethe-Universität Frankfurt from 28th January – 1st February 2019.

Here you will find links to the application form, the selection criteria for acceptance to the training school, and an overview of the training school.

Training school overview
Training school selection criteria
Application form


The third training school will take place in Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Macedonia from 18th – 22nd March 2019. Details to follow. Application details and an outline of this training school will be posted here shortly.

Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM)


As in Grant Period 2, in Grant Period 3 we will offer Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM).

Details of the call are accessible here.

Applicants should note that the most useful approach for us is that the STSM directly contributes to the achievement of the Actions objectives, as noted in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Naturally, STSM candidates can also come forward with their own research needs and ideas where they align with our Action.

The recipients of these awards have captured the STSM experience in their reflections here.

If you have any queries about STSMs please email the coordinator whose details are included in the call.

ITC Conference Grants

Conference Grants are aimed at supporting PhD students and ECI researchers from Participating ITC (Inclusive Target Countries) to attend international conferences not specifically organised by the COST Action. Applicants must present on the topic of the Action at the conference ITC Grant Information Final Jan 2019 in question. Additionally, the conference must be within the relevant Grant Period. Details of eligibility, evaluation and selection, as well as financial support can be accessed here:

download ITC GRANTS: Guidelines for Applicants (PDF):