Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation (incl COST)
This work programme is aimed at bridging the innovation divide between EU Member States and there are three areas of potential activity.
Twinning involves linking at least two internationally leading European Institutions with an ‘emerging’ (research) institution in a low-performing Member State* to strengthen a defined field of research. There is funding for short staff exchanges, expert visits and training (e.g. workshops, conferences, joint-summer schools, dissemination and outreach activities.). There is no funding for salaries or equipment.
Teaming supports the creation of new (or upgrading of existing) Centres of Excellence on the basis of partnerships between low-performing Member States and internationally leading institutions. Oxford would be expected effectively to act as the mentor for the institution establishing the Centre of Excellence. The proposal will need to demonstrate that the project is based on a true joint venture between the partners with both partners committed to continue supporting the Centre once the teaming grant is finished.
*low-performing member states: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology
COST funds projects which enable cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe. It is ‘bottom-up’ and funds projects in all research areas. They are networking instruments for scientists and researchers to co-operate and co-ordinate nationally-funded research activities. COST does not fund research itself. Scientists and researchers can participate in science and technology networks known as COST Actions through either being part of a new proposal or joining an existing COST Action.
NEWS: Dr Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña, head of the COST association has issued a statement following the EU referendum. The full statement can be accessed here. The COST programme, and the UK’s association to COST, is independent of EU membership and so it is not foreseen to be affected by the UK leaving the EU.