Conference Grants 1st Collection 2012

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Dear Action Chairs of the Food and Agriculture Domain, 

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 of February 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 the Executive 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 15th of February, 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 15th March 2012.

Please note that conference grants cannot be awarded retrospectively.

COST OFFICE will inform the applicants about the results by the week starting on 19th March 2012.

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

Kind regards,





Dr. Mafalda Quintas

Food and Agriculture Science Officer
COST Office | Avenue Louise 149
1050 Brussels | Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 2 533 3859 | Fax: +32 (0) 2 533 38 90 |