What is an Inclusiveness Target Country Conference Grant?

An Inclusiveness Target Country Conference Grant (ITCG) supports Young (< 40 years old) Researchers and Innovators affiliated with a legal entity in an Inclusiveness Target Countries/Near Neighbour Countries to attend and present their work in international science and technology-related conferences not specifically organized by the COST Action BEiNG-WISE.

The grantee must directly contribute to the conference through an oral/poster presentation and must be listed in the official event/conference program. The main topic of the presentation should be within the scope of the BEiNG-WISE Action. The attendance at the conference and the application process must start and end during the same Grant Period.

Main points about ITCGs:

  • The applicant must be affiliated with an Inclusiveness Target Country (ITC) or Near Neighbour Country (NCC). See below the full list of ITC and CC countries. 
  • The grant is awarded after attending the conference. Carefully follow the rules for reimbursement to ensure you get your grant.
  • The total grant for ITCG cannot exceed EUR 1000 (hard limit with no exceptions).
  • All ITCG activities must occur in their entirety within a single Grant Period and always within the action lifetime. Grant Periods run from November 1st of year n to October 31st of year n+1.

Objectives of ITCGs:

  • Support Young Researchers affiliated with an Inclusiveness Target Country (ITC) or Near Neighbour Country (NCC) to establish new contacts for future collaborations.
  • Support Young Researchers affiliated with an ITC or NCC to develop a strong network and to increase their visibility in the research community through sharing their work and gaining knowledge.
  • Increase the visibility of the BEiNG-WISE COST Action.
  • Serve the COSR Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy.

Application for an ITCG

The applications for ITCGs should be submitted according to the following procedure.

Step 1: Application

An eligible applicant should complete and upload a request for an ITCG via the online tool in the e-COST platform (notice that registration to the e-COST system is mandatory, reachable via this link). To this aim, the applicant should provide the following supporting documents:

  • Grant application including i) details on the conference (dates and country) and accepted contribution, ii) relevance of the conference topic to the BEiNG-WISE COST Action, iii) motivation and expected impact.
  • The abstract of the accepted oral/poster presentation.
  • The budget requested, with justification.
  • Acceptance letter from the conference organizers, confirming either your speaking slot or your poster presentation.
  • A full CV including a list of academic publications, if applicable, of the applicant.
  • ID student card and approval of supervisor in the case of a PhD student.

Step 2: Evaluation

Upon reception of the application, the Grant Awarding Coordinator organizes the evaluation. All applications will be evaluated according to the Evaluation Criteria reported hereafter.

Step 3: Selection

Upon selection, the grantee will receive formal approval from the e-COST website. After that, the grantee can start the mission.


The application for an ITCG has no fixed deadlines. Applications are processed on a first-come-first-serve basis, and funded based on the available budget.

Evaluation Criteria

All grant applications will be evaluated according to the following list of criteria.

CV of the applicant:

Applications from Early Career Researchers (< 40 years old) and Ph.D. students will be prioritized.

Expected outcome and relevance to the Action:

  • Which Working Groups of BEiNG-WISE are potentially interested in the results of this ITCG?
  • How much is the participation to the conference/event relevant for the career development of the applicant?
  • Is the objective of the STSM directly connected to one or more of the objectives of the BEiNG-WISE Action?
  • Is the applicant from an Inclusiveness Target Country/Near Neighbor Country?
  • Is the applicant from an underrepresented gender?

After Completing the ITCG

Report of the Activities:

The grantee is required to submit, within 30 calendar days from the end of the conference (or 15 days after the end of the Grant period, whatever comes first) a report to the Host Institution, Action Chair, Vice Chair, appropriate Working Group Leader, and Grant Awarding Coordinator for approval. Such a report should include:

  • A report with the outcome of the presentation in terms of the grantee’s visibility including the establishment of new contacts for future collaborations;
  • The certificate of attendance to the conference/event;
  • The program of the conference or book of abstracts/proceedings indicating the presentation (oral or poster) of the grantee.
  • A copy of the given presentation/poster

The Action Chair and Grant Award Coordinator are responsible for approving the scientific report. The failure to provide the scientific report within the aforementioned timeline will effectively cancel the grant. Once the report is approved and the payment request submitted, the payment of the ITCG will be carried out by bank-to-bank transfer to the grantee.

Presentation of Results:

The grantee may be asked to present the results of the ITCG during internal events or meetings organized by the BEiNG-WISE Action (e.g., in the Management Committee or Working Group meetings).


 The work presented during the conference must mention explicitly and acknowledge the support of the COST Action CA22104 – BEiNG-WISE as follows:

This article/publication/contribution is based upon work from COST Action CA22104 – Behavioral Next Generation in Wireless Networks for Cyber Security (BEiNG-WISE), supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). www.cost.eu

Posters should also include the COST and the EU logos. You can retrieve all the logos and information at this link.

General Eligibility rules

Eligibility rules are given in the COST annotated rules. We report a summary in the following.

  • The grantee should be affiliated to a legal entity (check here for a detailed definition). Undergraduate students are not eligible, while Master’s students need to provide a document signed by their university stating that they follow a master’s degree affiliated with a research programme.
  • The grantee should be from a COST member country, or a Near Neighbor Country unless invited to a school as a trainer.
  • People not from a COST member country or a Near Neighbor Country can be funded once in the lifetime of the action to participate in a WG meeting but neither a school as a trainee nor an STSM.

COST member countries (41): Armenia, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom + Israel + South Africa.

COST Near Neighbor Countries (12): Algeria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Faroe Islands, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia.

Inclusive Target Countries (ITC) (25): Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.


For more information and inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Grant Awarding Coordinator:
– Dr. Alessandro Brighente, alessandro.brighente@unipd.it
University of Padova, Padua, Italy