EU-COST Early Stage Researchers Conference Grant

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 30st of September 2011.

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 30st September, 2011.

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 30th October 2011.

Please note that conference grants can not be awarded retrospectively.

COST OFFICE will inform the applicants about the results by the 1st week of November 2011

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

Kind regards,



Download of the MS Word .doc for Applications


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