As one of the longest-running European instruments supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers in Europe and beyond, COST funds pan-European, bottom-up networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields. These networks are called ‘COST Actions’ and promote the international coordination of nationally funded research.
COST Actions have a four-year duration and require a minimum participation of five COST Countries. They are open to researchers from universities, public and private research institutions, as well as to NGOs, industry and SMEs.
Proposals for research networks are sent through a continuous Open Call. Researchers can use this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. Moreover,they can also join existing Actions.
The funding offered by COST covers the costs of networking activities such as meetings (e.g. travel, subsistence, local organiser support), conferences, workshops, short-term scientific meetings (STSMs), training schools, publications and dissemination activities. COST does not fund the research itself.
COST Actions are open to international cooperation, by also allowing the participation of researchers from Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries on the basis of mutual benefit. In addition, COST has signed Reciprocal Agreements with Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa as a pilot exercise to facilitate cooperation with researchers from these countries.
COST follows different evaluation procedures for Proposals submitted in one of the nine COST Domains and for highly interdisciplinary ones spanning several COST Domains, such as Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP). To read more about COST’s Open Call and funding procedures, please click here.
The deadline for submissions in one of the nine COST Domains is, 28 March 2014 at 17:00 Brussels time (GMT+1). For TDP submissions, the deadline for proposal registration is 7 March 2014 and 11 April 2014 at 17:00 Brussels time (GMT+1) for proposal submissions.
Main water-related COST Actions
“Water-related Actions spread across 3 of the 9 scientific domains: Food and Agriculture (FA), Forestry and their Products and Services, (FPS) and Earth Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM).”
- COST Action ES1105 ‘Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins in water resources: Occurrence, impacts and management’ (CYANOCOST) focuses on toxigenic cyanobacteria that produce a wide range of potent toxins with adverse health effects on humans and animals exposed to them via drinking water, aquaculture and recreation. Its goal is to coordinate and network the ongoing efforts and capabilities across Europe for the risk management of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in water bodies, by establishing strong collaboration between academia, authorities, industry and citizens.
- COST Action ES1106 ‘Assessment of European Agriculture Water use and trade under climate change’ (EURO-AGRIWAT) works on the EU-wide assessment of water use and trade associated to key food and energy crops. The Action aims at delivering and disseminating recommendations and guidelines for a more efficient water resource management in relation to agricultural activities in Europe under climate change and variability.
- COST Action ES624 “Optimal management of wastewater systems” focused on the optimisation of wastewater management by increasing the knowledge of microbial processes and by implementation of integrated plant wide control based on a description of the entire wastewater system. This provides new concepts for dealing with wastewater in the future and moves society on its way towards sustainable society development. The Action created a unique network in Europe within its topic. Almost all major research institutes and universities have participated. More than 300 scientists from 23 countries have attended 33 scientific events organised in the frame of the Action.
- COST Action ES718 ‘Meteorological Applications for Agriculture’ addresses climate change and its impact on agriculture. It has created an online version of an agro-meteorological model for practical use in terms of crop and pest control. The model helps predict and forecast crop yields and productions, support decisions and minimise environmental costs of agriculture with short-term consequences (quality of products, pesticide use) and outputs or inputs with long-term consequences (reduction of water resources, modifications of climate).
- COST Action FP0601 ‘Forest Management and the Water Cycle‘ (FORMAN) also brings the issue of water in the COST Domain Forestry, their Products and Services (FPS). This Action has brought together experts from systems ecology, landscape ecology, basic and applied forest sciences, soil science, hydrology and biodiversity research by pulling together the enormous potential of forest- and water-related research in Europe.
- COST Action FA0901 “Putting Halophytes to Work – From Genes to Ecosystems” will tackle the problems of salt-affected agricultural land and support the timely development of a saline agriculture using brackish water as a replacement or a supplement for diminishing freshwater. It also aims to deepen the understanding of plants that grow in waters with a high salt content as a potential untapped source of food, fibre and bioenergy.
- COST Action FA869 “Mitigation Options for Nutrient Reduction in Surfaces Water and Groundwaters” has tackled one of the global water supply challenges directly. This Action mainly focused on the quality of both surface and groundwater and its impact on ecosystem health: losses of certain nutrients from agricultural soils or activities, which can lead to eutrophication of surface water and quality deterioration of drinking water.
- COST Action FA0605 “Signalling control of stress tolerance and production of stress protective compounds in plants” looks at ways to improve plant stress resilience to hopefully help fight salinisation and other threats for food safety such as drought.
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