The Action encourages and supports that young researchers and PhD students from Inclusive Target Countries (ITC) attend international conferences (in short: ITC grant or ITCG). As there is a small budget not assigned yet, a third call for proposals is now launched. There is approx. 1 ITC grant to be awarded and conducted. This ITC must take place before 15 October 2023. The ITC grant will be awarded on a ‘first come, first serve base’.

Successful applicants will receive an allowance up to €1 800 per grant for face-to-face conferences or €500 for virtual conferences (the average of requested ITC grants is €1 000). The budget will be awarded to the successful applicants in accordance with COST rules. The ITC grant will be paid after the conference (acceptance of the scientific report and all other requested documents required). The ITC grant candidates must therefore pre-finance costs related to the ITC (travel, stay, meals).

After the ITC, the ITC participant must submit a scientific report to the Host and to the Grant Awarding Coordinator within 30 days after the end of his/her stay and in any case on 15th of October 2023 at the latest.

What are ITCGs?

An ITCG supports presentations of the own work given by a Young Researcher or and Innovator affiliated in an Inclusiveness Target Country / Near Neighbor Country in high-level conferences. ITC Conferences:

  • serve COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy;
  • support Young Researchers and Innovators affiliated in a legal entity in an Inclusiveness Target Countries/ Near Neighbour Countries to establish a strong network and increase their visibility in the research community through sharing their work and to gain knowledge;
  • can contribute to increasing visibility of the Action.

The ITC Conference Grantee receives support for attending and presenting their work (poster/oral presentation) at a conference and can establish new contacts for future collaborations. Conferences can be face-to-face or virtual conferences.

The ITC Conference contributes to the scientific objectives of our COST Action. Note that all ITC Grants must be in line with the general COST Action CA21143 goals and objectives (


If you are interested in applying, complete the on-line application available at your e-COST account. You’ll find the grant here:
The following supporting documents must be included in the application:

  • Application form (template available on e-COST) describing: Relevance of the conference topic to the Action and Motivation describing the potential for impact on the applicant’s career;
  • Copy of the abstract of the accepted oral or poster presentation;
  • Acceptance letter from the conference organisers.

The ITC grant will be distributed on a ‘first come, first serve base’ (the call will close when the available budget is assigned). Applicants will be informed about the result of the call approx. 2 to 3 weeks after submitting their application via the e-COST system

Please find more information and the download of the grant here:

Need more information? Contact Jos Sterckx, Grant Awarding Coordinator (

Please inform your network on these great new opportunities for networking and cooperation.

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