About COST

COST Action is a network dedicated to scientific collaboration, complementing national research funds. A COST Action enables researchers from academia, industry and the public and private sector to work together in open networks that transcend borders. For further information: https://www.cost.eu/cost-actions/what-are-cost-actions/

Among many other benefits, joining a COST Action facilitates access to research infrastructures (through short-term scientific missions); increases interconnectedness with the whole research community across countries, generations, and gender in Europe and beyond; stimulates international mobility and visibility. For further information: https://www.cost.eu/funding/what-do-we-fund/benefits/

Travel fees to meetings, training schools and scientific stays can be fully covered for a large number of participants and, on very specific occasions, fees to participate in conferences can be covered as well. COST actions do not fund personnel. The only specific case where COST actions do fund for the work achieved by a participant is in the case of Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).

About the Action

This Action aims to address LGBTI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer) social and economic (in)equalities at times of increased vulnerability for gender and sexual minorities in Europe. Details of our Action can be found here including the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

We are no longer accepting applications, but we invite you to apply for open events, such as the Summer School.

This depends on how, when and what you are getting involved with. If you would like to discuss participation and how this can be balanced against your workload, please contact us on info@lgbtinequalites.eu

This Action has three subject-specific Working Groups: Families and Communities; Employment and Economic Well-being; and Social and Legal Inclusion. Each subject-specific Working Group will work on specialised tasks and activities that connect with their respective subject-specific areas.

We appreciate your concerns and understand that many LGBTI+ people are not open about their gender and sexual identities. Your safety is of utmost importance to us, so please let us know how we can help by emailing info@lgbtinequalites.eu. This email address is monitored by the Grant Manager and the Action Chair.

Please follow the link below for guidance on this from the COST team:




Yes if you would like to have access to all our events. For further information about eligibility, please see section 13 of the Vademecvum.

Events are advertised on our website and via our social media where you can book your place.

About Short Term Scientific Missions

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are institutional visits by researchers or scholars aimed at fostering cooperation and collaboration. These visits should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of this COST Action “LGBTI+ Social and Economic (In)equalities”. STSMs are open for PhDs, PostDocs, and advanced career researchers employed at institutions in countries participating in the Action, or at approved institutions. STSMs must be performed between COST countries – researchers cannot apply for an STSM within their own country. Priority will be given to Early Career Investigators (ECI) (maximum 8 years since obtaining their PhD at the time of application) and PhD students working on LGBTI+ related issues.

You may find the eligibility provisions, along with further specifics, conditions and information, in the Action’s STSM Guidelines and section 8 of the COST Vademecum. Please read these two documents carefully before submitting an application.

In order to submit an application, please follow the steps below:

  1. Register for an e-COST profile at https://e-services.cost.eu/, adding your bank

account details to your profile (if a returning applicant or already in possession of a

COST profile please move to step 2).

  1. Complete the application form at the STSM application section of your e-COST

profile on https://e-services.cost.eu/, uploading the following documentation:

  1. Motivation Letter

In the section of the online application titled “Motivation and Workplan Summary”, enter a motivation letter (max. 2.000 words) including:

–  Aims and objectives, description, expected results, and dissemination of the work/activities to be performed;

–  Justification for the choice of the Host Institution;

–  Diagram or table (e.g. Gantt chart) of duties to be performed (work plan);

–  Contribution towards the scientific objectives of the Action and benefits to the applicant.

  1. Letter of support from the Home Institution;
  2. Letter of invitation from the Host Institution, under the supervision of a senior researcher affiliated to that institution;
  3. Full CV (max. 3 pages), including a list of academic publications if applicable (font: 12 pt. Times New Roman, page borders: 1.2 inches, line spacing 1,5).
  4. Submit and download your application.

You will be notified of the outcome by the Action’s STSM Coordinator on the outcome notification date of the call.

Hosting a STSM is a great way to cooperate on scientific research, mentor other researchers, and contribute to the goals of our Action. Any institution can host STSMs if the programme and the conditions are interesting for the applicants and if its profile and activities are in line with our Action. As calls for STSMs concern different themes and different periods of time, there is no call for hosting STSMs: candidates are free to choose the institutions who are better suited for their needs and willing to host them.

On our website and via social media channels (Twitter  and LinkedIn)

Communication Tools

Action participants use a closed SLACK forum.

Please contact our Scientific Communication Managers via “Contact”.