What is a COST Action?
Each COST Action is a network centred on nationally funded research projects in fields that are of interest for COST countries. COST provides the COST Actions with financial support for joint activities such as conferences, short-term scientific exchanges and publications. Each COST Action has an objective, defined goals and clear deliverables and have successfully gone through a competitive selection process.
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is one of the longest-running European instruments supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe. It is governed by the COST member states, its organization reflects its intergovernmental nature. In total, 36 COST countries govern COST.
COST contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide. It 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 connects high-quality scientific communities throughout Europe and worldwide; provides networking opportunities for early career investigators; increases the impact of research on policy makers, regulatory bodies and national decision makers as well as the private sector.
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 domains:
- 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 (ISCH)
- Trans-Domain Proposals
COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for research networks and use this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. A continuous Open Call for Proposals is used to attract the best proposals for new COST Actions.