Conference grants help PhD students and Early-Career Investigators (ECI) from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) attend international science and technology related conferences that are not specifically organised by a COST Action. These ITC are Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students and ECI’s with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC.
  • 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 Action and must acknowledge COST (see Section 10 in the COST Vademecum).
  • 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


Applications for ITC Conference Grants

Applications for Conference Grants for ITC as well as Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are currently open. Any e-COST user who is a PhD student or an ECI and is affiliated with an institution located in an ITC participating in the Action can submit an application request for an ITC Conference Grant, at least 45 days before the conference start date. The applicant must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow.

Within OMEGA-NET, applicants to ITC conference grants are asked to email the ITC Conference Grant Coordinator Raquel Lucas ( to inform that they will apply before submitting the official application online through the e-cost system.


“Being part of EPICOH 2019 allowed me not only to get expert’s feedback on my own project but to also know and learn about other researchers’ work”



Dragan Mijakoski at EPICOH 2019

“EPICOH 2019 brings together experienced and young researchers in occupational epidemiology. It is an opportunity to meet and learn from scientists whose books and papers we have read”



Sasho Stoleski at EPICOH 2019

“EPICOH 2019 is a place to meet both experienced and young researchers in the field of occupational health and occupational epidemiology. It is also an excellent opportunity to learn in depth about implementing epidemiological methods to populations of workers”



Bojana Miladinovic at EPICOH 2019

“The OMEGA-NET grant for EPICOH 2019 provided me with insights into new concepts, ideas, possibilities and connections as well as with the opportunity to experience the wonderful cultural and natural wealth of New Zealand”



A woman fills in a questionnaire
Image: Green Chameleon / Unsplash

More Information

ITC Conference Grants Guide

COST Vademecum (full text)