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Interdisciplinary Proposals - Introducing New Features
17 August 2012
COST responds to the research communities’ need for a more lightweight and quickly evaluated instrument with a revised evaluation and selection procedure for Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP). Obtain a sneak preview of the pilot procedure which will be launched in early 2013.
Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP) offer scientists fertile ground for future networks (i.e. COST Actions) across many scientific disciplines, by allowing unusually broad, interdisciplinary proposals to cover several scientific Domains.
In March 2012, the COST CSO approved the implementation of a 'Pilot evaluation and selection procedure for the submission to the Open Call of Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP)' in line with the recommendations of the 2010 Mid-Term Review of COST and the new CSO Strategy.
This 'TDP Pilot' responds to the wish to better serve the European research communities through a transparent, lighter and in particular faster evaluation and selection procedure while offering an adapted opportunity to submit trans-disciplinary proposals.
What is new?
The 'TDP Pilot' procedure will not follow the current two-stage submission of a Preliminary and Full Proposal but instead require one single submission of a Full Proposal.
The Full Proposal will be evaluated in two steps preceding TDP panel hearings. To achieve this, a new proposal template, revised evaluation criteria and a reviewed scoring system have been developed. In addition, proposers will receive informative feedback after each step in the evaluation process.
The evaluation process
The first step will involve independent external experts. They will evaluate the first two sections of the Full Proposal remotely. These two sections explain the scientific and technological challenge the proposal addresses and the added value of networking to tackle this challenge. The objective of this first step is to guarantee the excellence and the transdisciplinary quality of the proposal.
The 30 % highest ranked proposals from step one will then be evaluated, as a second step, by the Domain Committee (DC) Members.
They will evaluate the first two sections of the proposal as well as the proposed milestones and deliverables, the proposed network structure and participation. The objective of this second step is to guarantee that the proposal matches the COST mission and criteria.
The 30 % best-ranked proposals will then be invited to present at the TDP Panel Hearings where the final selection will be made.
Timeline and next steps
Interested proposers are asked to pre-register a proposal. Currently, the time window for pre-registration will most likely be from 15 February 2013 to 29 March 2013 with the Full Proposal to be submitted by 14 June 2013 and the first proposals to be approved by the CSO in November 2013. Please mark these dates in your calendar and check back for updates regularly.
Pre-registration will consist of the title of your network, a short abstract and the proposal’s areas of expertise needed for its evaluation. This information will not be used to assess your proposal; it merely allows COST to pre-identify independent external experts to evaluate your proposal initially.
Evaluators will be selected from all COST countries and scientific and technological domains following a gender and age balanced approach; female and more particularly younger scientists are encouraged to express their interest to contribute to safeguard that COST Actions are of the highest quality, innovative and inclusive as a pan-European unique networking instrument.