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					               COST

    European COoperation in the Field of
      Scientific and Technical Research


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                                       23 February 2004
                        What is COST ?
    • Intergovernmental co-operation
      – 1971
      – 17 Scientific & Technical domains
    • Participation
      – 34 COST Member States + 1 Co-operating Country (Israel)
      – International organisations and research establishments
        from non-COST countries
      – The European Commission
    • COST Actions
      – Concerted Actions (Networks) of nationally funded R&D


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                   Advantages of COST
     Fosters S&T Co-operation across Europe by
      creating lasting networks of scientists &
      researchers
     Promotes co-operation between Candidate
      Countries and the EU (particularly the FP) and
      facilitates their integration
     Explores new areas of co-operative research
      endeavour



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                    COST Countries
                                               COST Member States
                                                The 25 EU Member States1
                                                EFTA Member States
                                                   Iceland
                                                   Norway
                                                   Switzerland
                                                Candidate Countries
                                                   Bulgaria
                                                   Romania
                                                   Turkey
                                                Other Countries
                                                   Serbia and Montenegro2
                                                   Croatia2
                                                   FYR of Macedonia (FYROM)2
                            1 from 1 May 04    COST Co-operating States
                            2 Not Associated to FP
                                                        Israel

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    European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical research




                    REFORM and RENEWAL

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                      COST Characteristics
    • Co-ordination through                  • Bottom-up
      networking                              - no fixed programme
                                             • “A la carte” participation – join
    • Pan-European                              in if you are interested
    • Multi-disciplinary                     • “Interdisciplinary Exploratoria”
    • “Non-competitive” (pre-                • Enabling agent: focus on
      normative; public utility)                young scientists
                                             • Open to wider cooperation
    • National financing of
                                             • Commission involvement
      researchers and
      projects – national
      responsibility
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    What is a COST Action?
        Council             COMMITTEE OF SENIOR OFFICIALS (CSO)                      COST National
        COST
                                                                                      Coordinators
       Secretariat
                                                  COST OFFICE

      9 COST
      Domain
    Committees             …..                  BMBS       ……       ……..              …….
(from 01/06/2006)




COST Actions                           MC
   (~200)
                                       Action
                                       WGs

                                 WORKING GROUPS (NETWORKS) …… ~30.000 researchers
                                       Scientific Domain
                                                                   MC = Management Committee

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    COST Actions – what activities?

    Nationally funded projects (min. 5 signatories) with a joint
    work programme are receive finance for:

       •   Science management meetings
       •   Scientific workshops and seminars
       •   Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)
       •   Training Schools and Research Conferences
       •   Dissemination




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    COST Actions – Running Actions 1980-2005 (status 30/11/2005)
        250



        200



        150



        100



         50



          0
              80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05
                                                  Year

9               European cooperation in the field of scientific and technical
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 COST reforms its governance and structure



       The COST CSO took two major decisions to
       advance the reform process of COST during its
       163rd meeting 23-24 November 2005.

       These changes help COST playing its distinct role
       within the ERA and enhancing its contribution to the
       Lisbon process.




10      European cooperation in the field of scientific and technical
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 COST reforms its governance and structure (1)

 •   The scientific and technical Domains in COST are completely restructured.

 •   9 Domain Committees instead of former 12 Technical Committees supply
     the CSO with strategic advice.

 •   The nomination procedure for the Domain committee members is under
     way. The new committee structure will be in place 1 June 2006.

     KICK-OFF BMBS MEETING programmed on 19 May 2006 in Brussels.
     All Domain Committees: 15 – 19 May 2006




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 COST reforms its governance and structure (2)



 • A majority voting procedure has been adopted for CSO
   decisions. Instead of making decisions by consensus only, now
   a simple majority of ¾ of the COST Member States decides.

 • This will have a significant impact on the COST governance.




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 COST reforms its governance and structure (3)



 •   An Open Call system was launched on 3 April 2006.

 •   This will improve transparency, secure quality and
     introduce an element of competitiveness to the
     selection of COST Actions.




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 COST governance




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 COST Scientific and Technical Domains
 These are the new Domains, as from 1 June 2006.
     1. Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences
     2. Food and Agriculture
     3. Forests, their Products and Services
     4. Materials, Physical & Nanosciences
     5. Chemistry and Molecular Sciences & Technologies
     6. Earth System Science & Environmental Management
     7. Information & Communication Technologies
     8. Transport & Urban Development
     9. Individuals, Society, Culture & Health

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     Next steps

     ”Open Call“:
      • COST proposed to publish an “Open Call” 3 April 2006
      • selection criteria are published and transparent
      • emphasis will be on young researchers to foster their joint
        efforts to become better known and recognised
      • there are specific collection dates (i.e. 31 May 2006)
      • 2 stage process / peer reviewed
      • first Actions following the “Open Call” to start early 2007


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     Dedicated instrument proposed

 “Young Investigators Networks” (YIN):
     • Exclusively for young scientists at postdoc level, (PhD + max. 5
       years); min. 8 young scientists with international experience from 5
       COST member states, holding their first position
     • Eligible activities: meetings, Short Term Scientific Missions,
       seminars, conferences, outreach activities, plus:
       [centrally organised & funded] special “YIN Conferences” and
       research management training
     • Support: 90 k € p.a. (2006 prices) as annual grant for up to 4 years
     • Pilot Call for YINs expected in summer 2006 to test the demand


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     Next steps – tentative timetable
                                           2006                                                                 2007

       01   02    03      04     05      06       07      08    09    10       11    12     01   02      03    04      05      06



                    CSO                    CSO                                   CSO                     CSO                    CSO



      DC Nominations           DCs operational




                                 1st collection                                                             2nd
                 Open Call            date             2 stage evaluation    CSO decision               collection
                                                            process                                        date         New Domain Actions



                                                          YIN test call     2 stage evaluation
                                                                                                      CSO decision          first YINs starting
                                                                                 process

                                Old Domain Actions




                                      FP6 contract                                                                                       FP7




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 COST Office




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     Contact:




                           Dr.-Ing. Martin Grabert
                           Director COST Office
                               Av. Louise 149
                              B 1050 Brussels
                           mgrabert@cost.esf.org
                                 cost.esf.org



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     EUROPEAN COOPERATION IN SCIENCE
             AND TECHNOLOGY
               NEW DOMAIN:
     BIOMEDICINE AND MOLECULAR
         BIOSCIENCES (BMBS)
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        BIOMEDICINE AND
     MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES
               (BMBS)
            * Definitions
              * Targets
         * Thematic scope
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     Biomedicine: covers all areas of medicine
     as practiced in Europe: basic, preclinical
     and clinical medical research
     * “bench to bedside “ concept.
     *Acquisition of knowledge of normal
     functions of the human body and of
     alterations of these functions in the case of
     diseases.
     *Projects conducted at molecular and the
     whole body level, its integration in the
     environment included.
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     Molecular biosciences: all areas of
     genomics, proteomics and metabolomics.
     They are not limited to research in humans,
     but may also concern research in plants,
     molds, viruses, micro-organisms and
     animals. Basic and applied biomolecular
     research is addressed, issues connected
     with forestry and agriculture included.


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     Biotechnologies:
     devoted mainly to pharmacological
     purposes but this domain will keep
     some overview function on
     biotechnological issues specific to
     other COST domains.

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     BIOMEDICINE AND
     MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES
     (BMBS)
     * Definitions
     * Targets
     * Thematic scope
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     *Promote specific COST activities in all
     medical domains based on the “bench
     to bedside” concept.
     *Approach all areas of molecular
     biosciences in direct connection with
     the evolution of medical field, of the
     advanced diagnosis and treatment
     techniques (technologies and
     equipment included), of micro- and
     nano-medicine, etc.
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     Crucial interdisciplinary areas:
     *Molecular medicine, molecular and
     cellular biology
     *Functional genomics, systems
     biology
     *Biotechnology, bioinformatics
     *Pharmacology
     *Neurobiology
     *Medical physics and chemistry
     *Epidemiology
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     *Promote Actions with a high
     degree of innovation, complexity
     and multidisciplinarity.

     *Promote Actions which are
     complementary with respect to the
     EC Framework Programmes areas.

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     BIOMEDICINE AND
     MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES
     (BMBS)
     * Definitions
     * Targets
     * Thematic scope

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      *Genome(s) (cellular and embryonic
     development, relationship with specific
     diseases)
     * Proteins (structures and functions)
     * Micro- and Nanomedicine
     * Study of the central nervous
     system and neuronal connections.


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      *Immune system, cell migration, cell
     dysfunctions (cancer)
     *Cellular mechanisms of metabolic
     diseases, vascular diseases, diabetes,
     obesity
     *Contagious diseases (viruses, micro-
     organisms, hosts)
     *Advanced imaging and treatment
     techniques (basic research, diagnosis,
     treatment procedures)
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*Inter- and multi-disciplinary research
within the BMBS and with other COST
domains, such as: CMST, MATNANO,
ICT, F&A, ISCH, FPS.

*Biomedicine, molecular bioscience
and pharmacology in extreme
conditions, outer space and climate
change conditions included.
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 *Medical devices and new medicines
(including nanothechnologies).

*Advanced medical research on biomaterials.

*Mathematical models in medicine.

* Animals – humans transmissible diseases:
transmission mechanisms and specific
treatment
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                                COST Office
     • Adress:
       149, avenue Louise
       B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgique
     • Tél.: +32-2-533 38 00
     • Fax: +32-2-533 38 90
     • Mel: office@cost.esf.org
     • BMBS: mpascu@cost.esf.org
     • WEB: http://www.cost.esf.org


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