COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is able to provide seed funding for the travel costs of South African researchers traveling to Europe.
The visit must contribute or enhance South Africa’s Science & Technology knowledgebase and human capital. The applicant should have been accepted by the COST Action Chair to be part of the projects before applying to DST for funding to attend the COST Action activities.
A once off payment of R100 000.00 will be transferred on an annual basis upon receipt of the first application for the year, and funds are to be used for the COST Action activities of the year of application.
Applicants will be required to report to the DST on each activity strictly 30 days upon its execution.
Kindly note, DST will now need to enter into contracts with the applicant’s institution for all our funding instruments established to support SA’s participation in the European Union funded programmes. As a result, it may take up to a month to get a response and receive a contract from us. It is important for applicants to submit applications two months before the planned activity to have enough time to process and arrange payment.