COLOSS: COST Conference Grant for Early Stage Researchers

Dear colleagues

Please find relevant information below.

Since the forthcoming EurBee conference will start right after our next COLOSS conference in the very same location,

this nice opportunity offered by COST seems to be particularly interesting and worthwhile trying.

I guess that applicants from our Action will have reasonably good chances,

not only due to their scientific quality but also due to the current exceptionally high public and political awareness of bee health.

Clearly, I am more than willing to write support e-mails and further help.

Yours sincerely


Peter Neumann


From: Ioanna Stavridou [] 

Dear MC Chairs,

Within the COST's strategy towards increased support of Early Stage Researchers (< PhD+8 years) each Domain is invited to offer three Conference Grants (max. 3000 euro each) per year for Early Stage Researchers to participate in an international conference outside the COST Action activities.  The Domain Committee of Food and Agriculture has decided to have three collection dates per year with the next collection date being the 15th June 2012.

In order to be eligible for the grant an accepted oral presentation is required on a topic of food, animal or plant. The grant can be used to cover travel and subsistence costs, conference fees, and the costs of conference workshops.

Information to be provided by the applicant 

- Personal data of applicant (Europass CV)

- Short description of involvement in the respective COST Action (300 words), accompanied by support email by the Chair

- Relevant data on Conference at which the applicant wants to participate

- Copy of Abstract submitted to the Conference

- Proof of acceptance of Abstract by the Conference

- Motivation letter

- Requested amount

- Completion of the attached document entitled ‘summary of ESR Grant Application’

The Selection Process is handled during a DC meeting or by written procedure amongst the members of theExecutive Group of the Domain Committee.

I would like to encourage you to make use of this tool. Therefore, I invite you to disseminate this information among the Early Stage Researchers in your COST Action and proceed to a selection of the best candidates.Please send the applications of the best candidates (together with the provided information) to me by the 15thJune 2012.

I will gather the candidatures sent by the Action Chairs and forward them to the Executive Group of the Domain Committee which will assess and rank them by the 30th of June.

Please note that conference grants can not be awarded retrospectively.

COST OFFICE will inform the applicants about the results by the 1st week of July 2012

Should you have any question do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,




Dr. Ioanna Stavridou

Science Officer Food and Agriculture

COST Office

149 Avenue Louise

1050 Brussels 

tel: + 32 (2) 533 3859     fax: + 32 (2) 533 38 90