ITC grants


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What are ITC Grants?

The ITC Grants are aimed at supporting Young Researchers and PhD students from participating ITC countries to attend international conferences on the topic of the Action to present their work and establish new collaborations.

As a Young Researcher we understand those researchers who are within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (full-time equivalent). Times spent in other occupation or with reproductive and care responsibilities will of course be considered.

What are ITC countries?

Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, the North Republic of Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

What is the purpose of ITC grants?

Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students and Young Researchers with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC.

The applicant shall make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral presentation / poster presentation / speech at the approved conference must be on the topic of the Action and must acknowledge COST.

What can be funded?

ITC Grants do not necessarily cover all the expenses related to participating in a given conference, they are a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the selected Grantee. They may also be used to cover registration fees.

The selected grantees can claim up to 2.000€ per grant for face-to-face conferences or 500€ for virtual conferences. The amount will be decided by the Core Group on proposal of the evaluators, taking into consideration the duration and location of the conference and the actual conference fee.

How to apply?

Please create an account in eCOST and submit the following documents:

  • application form (template available on eCOST), describing: main objective, plan for participation, expected outcomes and description of the contribution to the Action MoU objectives
  • a short description of involvement in the COST Action DecolDE
  • acceptance letter from the conference organizers stating that the abstract has been accepted as an (virtual) oral/poster presentation
  • the abstract submitted to the conference.

We are receiving applications on a rolling basis (subject to the availability of budget).

For any questions please get in touch with Julia Schöneberg (