ITC Conference Grants

A new call for ITC Conference Grants is open from the 14th of April for conferences to take place during the entire second grant period (until the end of September 2021). Also registration fees to attend on-line conferences are eligible.

What are ITC Conference Grants?

ITC Conference Grants are grants supporting Early Career Investigators1 (ECI) and PhD students whose institution is in a Inclusiveness Target Country2 (ITC) participating to SyMAT, to attend conferences, event or activity on the topic of the Action that are not organised by the COST Action.

The countries participating to SyMAT are listed here:|Name:parties

More information can be found in Section 9 of the COST Vademecum.

How to Apply?

Applications for ITC Conference Grants are first submitted on the e-COST website

The following documents must also be e-mailed to the ITC Conference grant responsible, Prof. Sérgio Matos (
– document generated by e-COST,
– a CV, including a list of academic publications if applicable,
– acceptance letter from the conference organizers (confirming either your speaking slot or your poster presentation),
– a copy of the abstract or poster submitted to the conference.
Applicants must be eligible (see COST Vademecum, Section 9.1) and the papers/poster submitted to the conference must be in line with the Action scientific objectives.

The applications will be ranked by the ITC Conference grant responsible together with the WG leaders based on
– scientific quality of the paper/poster accepted at the conference
– CV of the applicant
– benefit to the development of the COST Action
The selection will follow COST policies on gender inclusiveness and geographical balance.
The final ranking will be approved by the Action Chair and Co-Chair.

The researchers who applied to the call will receive the results of the selection from the ITC Conference grant responsible. The selected researchers should wait for the official invitation from the Grant Holder before booking any travel arrangements and paying conference fees.
The selected researchers will have to acknowledge the COST Action in their final contribution to the conference.

1 An individual who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (full-time equivalent).

2 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, Turkey.