Document Prepared for the COST Senior Officials Meeting of 29/30 March 2006 - Open Call and Selection Criteria for New COST Actions (link)

March 20, 2006

Brussels, 17 Mar 2006

Full text of Document 203/1/06 Revision 01
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The JAF Group, at its meeting on 15/16 February 2006, examined a proposal from the COST Office on the "Open Call and Selection Criteria for new COST Actions" and agreed to establish an editorial group to finalise a document to be presented to the CSO1.

Delegations will find attached a proposal as prepared by this editorial group with a view to the 164th meeting of the CSO.

Delegations are kindly requested to send their written comments, if any, to the Secretariat by 24 March 2006 at the latest.

Open Call and Selection Criteria for new COST Actions

1. Introduction

The COST Office was asked by the CSO to prepare a proposal for a continuous and thematically Open Call and the respective Selection Criteria for new COST Actions. This Open Call will foster the foundations for developing scientific excellence in the European Research Area.

Since this process implies significant changes to traditional procedures in the COST system an expert group was invited to assist the preparation of this proposal. This expert group was constituted by experts from COST member states and research organisations. The experts group met on


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