COST general description
COST is a unique means for European researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities, through pan-European networking of nationally funded research activities. COST has been contributing – since its creation in 1971 – to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond. As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research, COST plays a very important role in building the European Research Area (ERA).
Budget in the frame of the H2020 program is 300 million € for 7 years (2013-2020), focusing in Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
COST Actions are a flexible, fast, effective and efficient networking instrument for researchers, engineers and scholars to cooperate and coordinate nationally funded research activities. Those networks should be centered around nationally funded research projects in fields that are of interest to at least five COST countries.
COST Actions are bottom-up science and technology networks, open to researchers and stakeholders with duration of four years. They are active through a range of networking tools. COST does not fund research itself.
EveryCOST Action has an objective, defined goals and clear deliverables. These are described in a Memorandum of Understanding, accepted by at least five participating COST Member Countries.
COST Actions are: Pan-European, Researcher-driven, Open and Inclusive, Multi- and interdisciplinary, Future-orientedandLightweight. The financial support averages EUR 130 000 per year for a four-year period.
Open call (deadline: 25 April 2016)
The call is open to ideas in all fields of Science and Technology including Humanities and Social Sciences. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.
Moverim followed the final event of the COST Action “Urban Agriculture Europe“. Urban Agriculture plays a key role in two global challenges: urbanization and food security. It can provide an important contribution to sustainable, resilient urban development and creation and maintenance of multifunctional urban landscapes. During the event the final recommendations to regional, national and European institutions were proposed by researchers involved in the project:
– Recognize urban agriculture as a cultural and social resource for quality of urban life and wellbeing;
– Recognize urban agriculture as a driving force for innovation in the whole agricultural sector;
– Raise awareness for urban agriculture and its special conditions, potentials and demands;
– Promote research and strategic development on urban agriculture.
During the event the organizers presented the book “Urban Agriculture Europe” developed during the course of the COST action. Also major findings related to common agricultural policy, social and environmental policies, territorial policies and research needs were presented and discussed in depth in the final round tables.