Action number: CA16206
Duration: November 2017 – November 2021
The main aim is to overcome existing knowledge and geographic fragmentation regarding social enterprises (SE) and empowering the next generation of SE scholars while foresting evidence-based policy and interaction with stakeholders.

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Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

Grant Period 2 (1 May 2018 – 30 April 2019).

The second call for the first round of short-term study and research visits within EMPOWER-SE has just been launched.

As you already know, Short-term Scientific Visits (STSM) are a unique networking tool developed by COST to support the development of original knowledge related to social enterprise in the case of EMPOWER-SE. This networking tool facilitates COST Action participants who are willing to go to an institution, organisation or research centre in another participating COST Country in order to foster collaboration and conduct empirical research. Such visits enable participants to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data and methodologies unavailable in their own institutions/organisations and enlarge their relational and social capital.

The following documents provide EMPOWER-SE participants with further details. Researchers will be able to find information relative to applicants elibigility, application deadline, procedures and requirements.

Important dates and deadlines:

  • Stays: This call can cover visits that start after January, 15th and ends before April, 15th at the latest.
  • Submission: Before December, 7th.
  • Results: January,  11th.

Call : Attached document

Contact Info: If you still have questions after reading the call, please write to empowerse-stsm@emes.net


ITC conference grants


ITC Conference Grants are a new networking tool offered by COST to encourage the participation of researchers coming from peripheral or less developed countries from a research standpoint. Conference grants help PhD students and early-career investigators from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries attend international science and technology related conferences that are not specifically organised by a COST Action.

EMPOWER-SE will offer nine ICT Conference Grants of a maximum value of €1,000 during its second Grant Period, covering until April 31st, 2019.

Who can apply? PhD students or Early Career Investigators (ECI) affiliated with an institution located in an ITC country participating in the Action.

How much can I request? The maximum amount per grant is 1,000€ for this Grant Period.

When can you apply? Applicants can submit an application request at least 45 days before the conference start date.

How can you apply? Applicants need to create a Conference Grant request by logging into e-COST and clicking on the ITC Conference Grants and then the tab “Create Conference Grant Request”.

What do applicants need to provide? The application form contains the following sections: Applicant details; Conference Grant details; Bank details; Financial support; Supporting documents. Moreover, 1 day and 15 days after the end of the participation in the conference, the grantee receives a reminder to upload the scientific report. The submission of the report is mandatory or the Grant is cancelled. Late submission, beyond the deadline, can also lead to the cancellation of the Grant. A scientific report template is available here.

Please consult the User Guide available here.