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Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
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Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
Cost   networks of successful european cooperation
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Cost networks of successful european cooperation

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Presented during the Ministerial Round Table on Science and Higher Education. From Bilateral to pan-European Cooperation held over 21-22 May 2010 in Tirana, Albania

Presented during the Ministerial Round Table on Science and Higher Education. From Bilateral to pan-European Cooperation held over 21-22 May 2010 in Tirana, Albania

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  • 1. COST - Networks of succesful European cooperation Svetlana Voinova Coordinator for Balkan Activities COST Office COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST Office through an EC contract
  • 2. Agenda • What is COST • How does COST function • COST and Western Balkan Countries (WBC) • Next steps COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 3. It was the first and it is one of the widest intergovernmental European Networks for coordination of nationally funded scientific and technical research COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 4. 1971 Conference of the Ministers of Research of 19 European countries convened in Brussels in November AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, IE, IT, LU, NL, NO, PT, SE, TR, UK, YU COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 5. TODAY 36 COST Countries The 27 EU Member States EFTA Member States Iceland Norway Switzerland Acceding & Candidate Countries Croatia FYR of Macedonia Turkey Potential Candidate Countries Bosnia and Herzegovina Republic of Serbia COST Co-operating States Israel COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 6. COST: global participation COST countries Neighbouring countries Reciprocal agreements countries COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 7. COST- Networks based on funded national research • “Bottom-up” • Multidisciplinary • À la carte • “Non-competitive” • Open Call • Pan-European • Transparent • Global COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 8. COST is : a flexible, fast, effective and efficient tool to network and coordinate nationally funded research activities at project level (Actions) bringing good scientists together under light strategic guidance and letting them work out their ideas COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 9. Agenda • What is COST • How does COST function • COST and WBC • Next steps COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 10. COST governance and partnership contract with the European Community COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 11. COST Actions • Coordinated research effort (4 years) • Participation of representatives from minimum 5 countries • Research itself funded through national funds • Coordination funded by COST, covering – Science management / working group 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 COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 12. What is funded by COST? In the year 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 • 100 high ranking publications COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 13. Agenda • What is COST • How does COST function • COST and WBC • Next steps COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 14. COST Actions – Participation by country 250 200 A clear difference Actions between COST and non-COST WBC 150 COST COST WBC non-COST WBC 100 50 0 UK DE ES FR IT PL CH DK BE NL GR FI PT NO SE AT IE HU IL CZ SI RO TR LT SK RS HR MK BA AL ME Countries COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST Office through an EC contract
  • 15. COST Open Call March 2010 120 100 pre-proposals 80 other COST Number of WBC 60 40 20 0 IT ES UK DE FR NL BE PT GR RO CH AT FI IE SE DK HR IL PL BG LT CY CZ HU IS SI RS BA LV NO SK TR COST Countries COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST Office through an EC contract
  • 16. WBC in COST - Status Membership - HR, RS, MK, BA Participation in Actions - HR, RS, MK, BA, AL Express interest - All COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 17. What are the barriers to success ?* ADMINISTRATIVE AND “Project management“ barriers BUREAUCRATIC BARRIERS „EU bureaucratic barriers“ Lack of partners NATIONAL CAPACITY BARRIERS Country has low scientific image SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND “EU scientific superiority” POLITICAL BARRIERS Political instability INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY OF RESEARCH ORGANISATIONS Scientific excellence Personal barriers Not barriers *Source: Barriers in research cooperation of WBC countries Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb Steering Platform Meeting on Research for the Western Balkan Countries, May 2009 COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 18. Example: Bosnia and Herzegovina COST Member since May 2009 Until May 2009 May 2010 Action/Domain Institution Action/Domain Institution A625/Environment University of Sarajevo ES0601/Environment Federal Hydromet. Instit. 639/Environment University of Sarajevo A30/Social Sciences Media Centre Sarajevo IS0906/Social Sciences University of Sarajevo FP0803/Forestry University of Sarajevo FP0903/Forestry University of Banja Luka FA0803/Food/Agriculture Veterinary Institute RS TD0903/Chemistry BiH National Museum 2 Actions, 2 institutions 7 Actions, 5 institutions Bosnia started benefiting from its COST membership COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 19. Agenda • What is COST • How does COST function • COST and WBC • Next steps COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 20. Next steps: increase your involvement and the number of proposals • Disseminate information on COST • Leverage COST facilities (e.g. COST days) COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract
  • 21. Thank you for your attention! www.cost.eu svetlana.voinova@cost.eu COST is supported by ESF provides the the EU RTD Framework Programme COST presentation, 21 May 2010 COST Office through an EC contract

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