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COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator
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COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Rita Ward, National Coordinator

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This presentation is from the EPA's FP7 Environment National Information Day 2010. For further information, see http://www.fp7ireland.com/

This presentation is from the EPA's FP7 Environment National Information Day 2010. For further information, see http://www.fp7ireland.com/

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  • 1. European COoperation in Science operation and Technology echnology Rita Ward National Coordinator FP7-Environment National Information Day Environment 6th October 2010 Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 1
  • 2. What is COST? • European COoperation in Science and Technology cience (2010 name change) – 1971 - Ministerial Conference, Brussels: COST Framework for COST- coordinating nationally funded research in Europe for peaceful purposes through the support of cooperation and interaction between European researchers :- European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research • Participation – 35 COST Member States and 1 cooperating state – International organisations and research institutions from non non-COST countries – The European Commission through the Framework Programme • COST Actions – Networked research projects (basic & pre pre-competitive research) European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 2
  • 3. COST characteristics • Co-ordination through • “Bottom-up” – cooperation in networks no fixed programme • Pan-European • Flexible participation – • Multi-disciplinary join in if you are interested • National financing of • “Interdisciplinary Exploratoria” researchers and projects • Enabling agent – – national responsibility focus on younger researchers • Equal access / Open Call • Open to global cooperation • Building bridges European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 3
  • 4. COST Countries The 27 EU Member States EFTA Member States Iceland Norway Switzerland Acceding & Candidate Countries Croatia FYR of Macedonia (FYROM) Turkey Potential Candidate Countries Republic of Serbia COST Co-operating States Israel Bosnia & Herzegovina ( May 2009) European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 4
  • 5. Organisations from non non-COST countries May participate on an “Action by Action” basis given: h there is mutual S&T benefit h the CSO approves (following MC and DC approval) h participation is confirmed by an exchange of letters between the organisation and the CSO h non-COST institutions may not vote in the MC non- European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 5
  • 6. COST Actions: global participation (Status June 2010) Canada (19) Belarus (4) Russia (44) Ukraine (18) Albania (3) Moldova (4) Georgia (7) Andorra (1) GEORGIA Japan (11) USA (42) Lebanon (5) Armenia (3) China (4) Morocco (6) Rep of Korea (4) Tunisia (9) Palestinian auth. (1) EGYPT Pakistan (1) Algeria (1) UAE (1) Hong Kong (2) Mexico (2) Egypt (7) Saudi Arabia (1) Sudan (1) India (5)SRI LANKA MALAYSIA Colombia (2) Singapore (2) PAPUA NEW GUINEA Mauritius (1) Brazil (4) COST countries Chile (1) Uruguay (1) Australia (68) Neighbouring South Africa (23) countries Argentina (7) New Zealand (41) Reciprocal agreements countries 356 participations in 129 Actions (36 countries) European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 6
  • 7. COST Financing European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 7
  • 8. What is funded by COST? COST Actions: Nationally funded projects (min. 5 participating countries) with a joint work programme receive finance for: • Science management meetings • Scientific workshops and seminars • Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) • Training Schools and Research Conferences • Dissemination • Average funding about €100 000 per year per Action, 100 (typically for four years) Strategic Workshops: to explore future scientific or societal needs, Workshops: support policy developments or initiate new activities European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 8
  • 9. COST Structure Council COMMITTEE OF SENIOR OFFICIALS (CSO) COST National COST Coordinators Secretariat COST OFFICE 10 COST Domain ….. F&A …… …….. ……. Committees COST Actions MC (~240) Action WGs WORKING GROUPS (NETWORKS) …… ~30.000 researchers Scientific Domain MC = Management Committee European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 9
  • 10. COST Scientific & Technical Domains (1) (June 2010 – May 2014) 10 Domain Committees Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) Dr Ian Marison, DCU Chemistry and Molecular Sciences & Technologies (CMST) Prof. Patrick Guiry, UCD Earth System Science & Environmental Management (ESSEM) Dr John Sweeney, NUI-Maynooth Food & Agriculture (FA) Dr Charles M Spillane, UCC Forests, their Products and Services (FPS) Dr Alistair Pfeifer, COFORD European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 10
  • 11. COST Scientific & Technical Domains (2) (June 2010 – May 2014) 10 Domain Committees (cont) Individuals, Society, Culture & Health (ISCH) Dr Marc Caball, UCD (Chair) Ms Dipti Pandya, IRCHSS Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) Dr Miguel Ponce de Leon, WIT Materials, Physical & Nanosciences (MPNS) Dr Denis Dowling, UCD Transport & Urban Development (TUD) Dr. Henk van der Kamp, DIT Transdomain (TD) Dr Daniel Kelly, TCD European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 11
  • 12. The role of the Domain Committees (DCs) • Assessment of preliminary proposals in the Open Call • Monitoring of Actions in progress • Evaluation of completed Actions The role of the Management Committees (MCs) • Supervises and coordinates the implementation of the Action • Each signatory has one vote, Composed of: – Maximum 2 representatives of each signatory Country – One representative of any non-COST institution admitted to participate COST – Representatives of the COST Office and Invited experts • Managing the Action‘s budget • Submit the annual “work and budget plan” • Progress Report within a given deadline • Contribute to the Domains Annual Review Meeting to be organised European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 12
  • 13. The “Open Call” System • “Open Call” = Thematically open (introduced in March 2006) – Encourages interdisciplinary proposals – Improves transparency – Ensures quality – Furthers competitiveness • Emphasis on Early Stage researchers: their joint efforts bring improved recognition • Selection criteria are public • Specific collection dates (i.e. 25 March & 23 September 2011) • 2-stage process / peer reviewed stage • Successful COST Actions proposals can expect to start activities within 9 months after the collection date European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 13
  • 14. COST Open Calls Collection Date Applications Full Approved New Proposals Actions 31st May 2006 707 (824) 79 CSO Nov ’06 39 28th Feb 2007 406 (411) 75 CSO Nov ’07 25 30th Sep 2007 475 76 CSO Jun ’08 25 28th Mar 2008 386 (415) 79 CSO Nov ’08 30 26th Sep 2008 378 79 CSO May ‘09 30 27th Mar 2009 481 77 CSO Dec ’09 30 25th Sep 2009 468 81 CSO May ’10 30 European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 14
  • 15. COST Action Life Cycle Open Call Two Stage Implementation Dissemination Collection Date Process (4 years) (x years) (6 months) Assessment DC Monitoring assesses DC adopts proposals draft MoU Evaluation 1st MC Meeting time CSO approves draft MOU 5 countries sign MOU European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 15
  • 16. COST Open Call process COST Open Call process Selection process – Preliminary Proposals: Preliminary Proposals: “CD5” 26-09-2008 (378, 5) 09-10-2008 07-11-2008 14-11-2008 “CD6” 27-03-2009 (481,12) 15-04-2009 13-05-2009 15-05-2009 “CD7” 25-09-2009 (469,15)) 12-10-2009 06-11-2009 13-11-2009 “CD8” 26-03-2010 (468) 13-04-2010 11-05-2010 14-05-2010 Filtering of the Proposals BMBS BMBS anonymised distribution Invitation of top 80 for Allocation to Domains Automatic Ranking CMST ranked by the DCs Electronic Rating Eligibility Check Collection Date ESSEM Full Proposals FA FA FPS FPS FPS FPS ICT ISCH ISCH MPNS TUD TUD TDP - SAB TDP - SAB 1 week 3 weeks 3 days Minimum time span European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 16
  • 17. COST Open Call process COST Open Call process Selection process – Full Proposals: Full Proposals: Presentation of proposals Deadline Full Proposals Start of the new Action External Expert Panels Rating by EEP in panel Final List for approval meetings in Brussels Approval by the CSO Meeting of DC chairs Establishment of Ranking by DCs JAF 10 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks Minimum time span “CD5” 16-01-2009 27-02-2009 20-03-2009 03-05-2009 29-05-2009 Dates “CD6” 31-07-2009 11-09-2009 02-10-2009 08-10-2009 02-12-2009 “CD7” 15-01-2010 12-02-2010 19-03-2010 25-03-2010 24-05-2010 “CD8” 30-07-2010 02-09-2010 01-10-2010 07-10-2010 01-12-2010 European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 17
  • 18. Life Natural Science Sciences Sciences in Society BMBS FA FPS CMST ESSEM MPNS ICT ISCH TUD Trans Domain Proposals European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 18
  • 19. Natural Sciences Cluster CMST Earth Systems (Modelling and Observation) Biochemistry & Medical Applications Meteorological Sciences Nanochemistry & Functional Environment Materials Materials Molecular systems Nano-Sciences Sciences ESSEM Physics MPNS European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 19
  • 20. Natural Sciences Cluster – New Actions at a glance CMST • Functional Materials • Nanosciences • Cultural Heritage CM1001 CM1003 • Pollution Hazards • Green Chemistry CM1002 • Ecology, Xenobiotics Environmental Monitoring Bioremediation, Hydrodynamic Cavitation TD1003 Sustainable Energy • Meteorology ES1001 • Climatology MP1001 • Space technology ES1002 MP1002 • Remote Sensing ES1003 MPNS MP1003 ESSEM European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 20
  • 21. New Actions in ESSEM ES1001 - SMOS Mission Oceanographic Data Exploitation – To define common, standardized protocols for the production of high-level salinity maps and related products through the exploitation of the European Space Agency Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission data • ES1003 - Development and implementation of a pan-European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System (EMBOS) – To install a permanent international pan- European large-scale network of marine biodiversity observatories with an optimized and standardized methodology, ES1002 - Weather Intelligence for Renewable Energies to assess long-term changes in marine (WIRE) biodiversity and their possible causes – to enhance the methodologies of forecasting wind and solar power production in the time domain of a few minutes up to several days ahead – to establish a common understanding between wind and solar meteorologists, energy engineers, and grid managers to optimise the integration of these renewable energies into electricity grids and markets European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 21
  • 22. ESSEM Domain – Actions Portfolio Sun-Earth ES1003 - Development and Interaction implementation of a pan- Risk 3 Actions European Marine Biodiversity Asst - Observatory System (EMBOS) 1 Action Health Biodiversity Natural Resource Management Global Changes 8 Actions Biogeochemical cycles ES1002 - Weather Meteorology Satellite and Ground- Intelligence for Renewable Energies 8 Actions Climate System based Remote (WIRE) Sensing ES1001 - SMOS Mission Bio-Meteorology Oceanographic Data Observing technologies 4 Actions Exploitation Atmospheric Chemistry and Networks Ice Monitoring Geology 4 Actions Soils Sciences Hydrology Marine Sciences Geodesy Soil Erosion European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 22
  • 23. Examples of COST Actions Developing space weather products and services in Europe – COST Action ES0803 In Europe, a better coordination between the national research programmes, and warning system developers and operators is needed to develop European reliable Space Weather observational and forecasting products and services. The Action will validate and demonstrate prototypes of near near-real time Space Weather information services for operational use European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 23
  • 24. Examples of COST Actions European procedures for flood frequency estimation (FloodFreq) – COST Action ES0901 Pan-European comparison and evaluation of European methods for flood frequency estimation under the various climatologic and geographic conditions found in Europe, and different levels of data availability. Goals • Compile dataset and inventories of existing data and methods • Use of statistical methods for flood frequency estimation • Flood frequency analysis using rainfall--runoff methods • Flood frequency estimation methods and environmental change European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 24
  • 25. Examples of COST Actions Sunshine makes water safer to drink:- - COST Action P9 One in five people on earth have no safe drinking water and are at serious risk from water-borne diseases. Solar borne Disinfection (SODIS) is a technique for making microbially contaminated drinking water safe. Transparent bottles are filled with contaminated water and placed indirect sunlight for 6 hours. The combined action of solar UVA ionising radiation and the induced heating effect reduces microbial contamination levels from 1 million bacteria per ml to zero in < 1.5 hours and is completely effective against the pathogens responsible for cholera, salmonella, gastroenteritis, and other diseases. COST contributes to meet the EU's commitments under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the EU Water Initiative (EUWI), the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 25
  • 26. COST in FP7 • FP7 (2007-2013) In May 2010, mid 2013) mid-term evaluation report (Annexe II Cooperation) recommended to increase budget to EUR 250 million from EUR 210 million. (Max was €80 million from FP6) – funding of 30 million EUR a year – > 30,000 European based researchers – their projects represent a total value exceeding 2 billion EUR per year • Increased involvement in existing COST Activities: - Pilot schemes extended to June 2014 (Australia 12 visits and New Zealand 10/yr) - Pilot scheme with South Africa to June 2014 (20 visits/year) - Pilot scheme with Argentina started in June 2010 • Joint activities (COST-ESF) High Level Research Conference ; Frontiers of Science Workshops; Strategic/Exploratory Workshops and Interdisciplinary Science Initiatives European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 26
  • 27. Current COST Actions - with Irish participation ICT 21 ISCH 14 BMBS 12 CMST 18 ESSEM 23 FA 20 FFP 14 MPNS 19 TUD 9 TD 11 Total 161 (67%) (to 20th August 2010) Approx 240 Actions ongoing (Possibly increase the number of Actions to 260) European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 27
  • 28. COST funded activities In 2009 COST supported:- • 242 COST Actions • 900 scientific workshops and meetings (4.3 per working day over the year) with more than 29 500 participants • 1200 STSMs with an average duration of 3 weeks (5.6 STSMs starting every working day over the year) • 90 Training Schools with more than 2000 funded • participants • 101 high ranking publications European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 28
  • 29. COST Open Call for proposals COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for research networks and use this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. www.cost.eu/opencall This continuous call is thematically open. Proposals from all Scientific Domains are welcome. The next collection date for preliminary proposals is 25 March 2011 2011. European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 29
  • 30. Contacts COST Office 149 avenue Louise, 1050 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32 (0)2 533 3800 Fax: +32 (0)2 533 3890 E-mail: office@cost.eu Website: http://www.cost.eu COST National Coordinator Rita Ward – Enterprise Ireland Tel: 01-7272767 E-mail: rita.ward@enterprise-ireland.com ireland.com European COoperation in Science and Technology cience 30

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