European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

Overview and objectives: 

COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. COST has a very specific mission and goal. It contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide. As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research, COST plays a very important role in building a European Research Area (ERA). It anticipates and complements the activities of the EU Framework Programmes, constituting a “bridge” towards the scientific communities of emerging countries.

It also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe and fosters the establishment of scientific excellence in the nine key science and technology fields: Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences, Food and Agriculture, Forests, their Products and Services, Materials, Physics and Nanosciences, Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies, Earth System Science and Environmental Management, Information and Communication Technologies, Transport and Urban Development, Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health.

COST is a unique means for European researchers to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all scientific disciplines through trans-European networking of nationally funded research activities.

COST key features are building capacity by connecting high-quality scientific communities throughout Europe and worldwide; providing networking opportunities for early career investigators; increasing the impact of research on policy makers, regulatory bodies and national decision makers as well as the private sector.

Through its inclusiveness COST supports integration of research communities, leverages national research investments and addresses issues of global relevance.
COST is a building block of the European Research Area, instrumental for successful innovation strategies and global cooperation.


Actions are networks centred around nationally funded research projects in fields that are of interest to at least five COST countries. The financial support averages EUR 130000 per year for a four-year period.

Scientists and researchers from the 35 COST Member Countries and the Copperating State can participate in science and technology networks known as COST Actions by submitting a proposal for a new COST Action, joining an existing COST Action, becoming involved in specific COST Action activities, becoming a COST Expert.

COST Actions are bottom-up science and technology networks, open to researchers and stakeholders with a duration of four years. They are active through a range of networking tools, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs), and dissemination activities. COST does not fund research itself.

COST prides in its support for high-risk, innovative and emerging research themes. However, COST does not set any research priorities.

COST Actions can also pave the way to or establish synergies with EU-funded research projects. Moreover, collaboration within research projects can also lead to new Actions, thus enhancing the networking potential of such consortia.

Catchment areas: 

COST Member Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

COST Cooperating State: Israel.

COST Near Neighbour Countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Syria, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

Recipient bodies: 

 Participation is open to researchers in universities, research centres, large and small, public and private organisations from all 35 COST Member Countries and its Cooperating State     from any science and technology field at any career stage having any original, innovative idea

Financing terms: 

The average COST Action budget depends on the number of COST Countries participating in the Action. The funding is provided via an yearly grant agreement. COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020.

Specific programmes developing it: 

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Calls developing it: 

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). 2015

COST aims to enable breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products. It thereby contributes to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.
In order to achieve its mission and goal, COST has identified a set of objectives aiming at supporting high quality, collaborative networks in all fields of science and technology while facilitating focus on existing but less prevailing areas allowing to increase COST overall impact:

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