Open Call for GoodBrother Dissemination Grants

Due to the value and impact communication and dissemination activities can have on the wider research community, COST actively encourages and supports COST Actions to share outcomes with researchers, policymakers, the private sector and civic society such as NGOs.

Dissemination Conferences are high profile events or conferences not organised by the COST Action. Action members from COST or Cooperation participant countries shall attend these meetings for the purpose of disseminating the Action’s achievements. In GoodBrother, participation in Dissemination Conferences is proposed in the form of Dissemination Conference Grants, aimed at supporting Action members to attend international science and technology related conferences on the topic of the Action that are not organised by the COST Action. Dissemination Conference Grants will help Action members to connect with reputed researchers in the area as well as to disseminate the results derived from the Action.

According to the COST Annotated Rules, for each Grant Period, members can be reimbursed for attendance at approved Dissemination Conferences a maximum of 2,000 euros per grant for face-to-face conferences or 500 euros for virtual conferences. Repeated attendance at Dissemination Conferences by the same Action members across Grant Periods should be avoided.

GoodBrother has an Open Call for Dissemination Grants using a rolling system, which for this grant period are as follows

Cut-off Dates
15th February 2024
15th April 2024
15th June 2024
After 15th June 2024, if there is budget available, the applications will be processed as they are received

All the applications that have been sent by the cut-off date will be evaluated within 15 days and the applicants will be informed about the decision. As stated by the Annotated Rules for COST Actions, up to 2000 EUR can be awarded for face-to-face conferences and up to 500 EUR for virtual conferences.

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Action participants who are MC Members or Working Group participants. Repeated attendance at Dissemination Conferences by the same Action members across Grant Periods should be avoided.
  • The applicant must make an oral presentation at the conference in question and must be listed as a speaker 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 GoodBrother and must acknowledge COST (see How to acknowledge COST funding).
  • The conference, the submission of the expenses, and the reporting must take place before the end of the current Grant Period.


  • Priority will be given to active Working Group members whose application is endorsed by the Working Group
  • The submission for Dissemination Grants must be after the acceptance of the presentation.
  • Attendance at European conferences is preferred. However, conferences held elsewhere can also be considered. 

Evaluation Criteria

All the applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • 50% The quality and relevance of the publication/presentation
  • 25% The conference rankings
  • 10% Diversity 
  • 15% If the contribution is an oral presentation

How to apply?

To apply for a Dissemination Grant within the GoodBrother Cost Action (CA19121), please fill in the online application on the e-cost system and attach the required documents.

Your application will be first evaluated by the Dissemination Grants evaluation committee and the Grant Awarding Coordinator of the GoodBrother COST Action. Then, if the remaining budget allows to provide funding it will be submitted for approval by the MC Chair of the Action. For more information please visit the GoodBrother Website and consult the GoodBrother Memorandum of Understanding.

It is expected that each grantee will send a copy of their presentation including GoodBrother and COST logo and a short summary of their participation at the conference to the Grant Awarding Coordinator of the GoodBrother Action for dissemination. The material must be submitted to the Grant Awarding Coordinator by email shortly after the conference. Photographic material from the conference (e.g. the Applicant with the GoodBrother logo in background) will also be requested.

Before you apply, make sure you review and understand the Dissemination Grant rules, available in the COST Annotated Rules. More information on the grant awarding process can be found here