Inclusiveness Target Countries Conference Grants

Main goals

COST's priority is to enhance research collaboration where ideas and people can grow without borders.

Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) Conference Grants are aimed to encourage researchers from Inclusiveness Target Countries, which face the greatest obstacles to research and innovation because of unequal access to knowledge infrastructures, funding, and resources.

These conference grants help PhD students and early-career investigators to attend international science and technology related conferences that are not specifically organised by a COST Action.

Participants can download the user guide.

Detailed information on participants’ eligibility, evaluation and selection, financial support, and grant payment procedures can be found in Section 8 of the COST Vademecum.


Applications (for the subsequent Grant Period) should be submitted from 01/01 until 28/02. For the year 2017, due to the late inclusion of this tool in the budget plan and as an exception, applications for conferences until April 2018 can be submitted until 30/09.

The application must contain the following information:

Applicant details, including: • Home institution
• Degree level
• Year awarded

Conference details, including:
• Title
• Webpage (if available)
• Start and end date
• Number of conference days attended
• Venue
• City
• Country

Supporting documents:
• CV
• A short description of your involvement in COST Action TU1406
• Abstract acceptance letter/e-mail from the conference organisers
• A copy of the abstract submitted to the conference

Send the information as e-mail attachment to the MC Chair (José C. Matos - UMinho, as well as the STSM coordinator (Jan Bien: and or Guido De Roeck:

If the grant is approved then you are kindly requested to acknowledge the support provided by COST Association and COST Action TU1406.

You are also requested to use the COST Association and COST Action TU1406 logos with your acknowledgement. This can be downloaded here and here. Additionally, a report with the following template must also be sent within 30 days after the end of the conference.


You can dowload the template here

Ms. Lara Leite: