TIDES Conference Attendance Grants

A new tool from COST allows PhD students and early-career scientists from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC, see below) to apply for a grant covering attendance to conferences (see Eligibility criteria below).

This is an excellent and timely opportunity to encourage attendance, for instance, to the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union – where several sessions explicitly refer to TIDES topics in their description.

We encourage applications from PhD students and early-career scientists from: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, fYR Macedonia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, and Turkey (only PhD students and scientists from these countries can appy).

Interested applicants are invited to submit, by the deadline of December 31st, 2017, an application – consisting of:

- curriculum vitae
- conference and proposed abstract, complete with author list
- estimate of the amount requested, with justification.

The submission has to be made through COST website. Once registered and logged in the site (here Login page), the applicant will find the path to submit a request via his/her e-COST profile.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by January 8th, 2018.


TIDES COST Conference Grants are aimed at supporting PhD students and ECI* researchers from TIDES-ES1401** Participating ITC*** to attend international science and technology related conferences not specifically organised by the TIDES Action.

   *ECI   Early Carreer Investigator: an individual who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (full-time equivalent).

  **ESSEM COST Action ES1401 Parties

***ITC  COST Inclusiveness Target Countries participating in TIDES: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, fYR Macedonia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.



The following eligibility criteria applies:

  1. Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students and ECI’s with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC.
  2. The applicant must 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 TIDES Action and must acknowledge COST.
  3. The participation of each applicant must be pre-approved by the Action MC. Attendance at European conferences is preferred. However, conferences held elsewhere can also be considered.


Evaluation and selection of applicants

The evaluation of each Conference Grant application will be performed by a Conference Grant Evaluation Committee.
The selection of successful applicants will be done in consideration of the scientific scope of the proposed mission and how the mission can support the Action in achieving its scientific objectives.

Financial support

A Conference Grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the application by the delegated persons. Conference Grants do not necessarily cover all of the expenses related to participating in a given conference. A Conference Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the selected Grantee.

Documentary evidence of the conference fee amount must be provided by the applicant and in kind, must be archived by the Grant Holder along with the relevant administrative documents.

Info / Contact

Dr. Francesco Caprara, GH Manager, INGV, francesco.caprara@NOSPAMingv.it