European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

COST brings together international research teams who work on specific topics in order to make use of existing pan-European knowledge, technical facilities, and financial resources. Therefore, COST assumes a pioneering role for topics, for which coordination on a European scale is not yet sufficiently established or for which there is no capacity in EU community programmes due to their narrow thematic scope.

OBJECTIVES AT A GLANCE

The main objective of COST is to create incentives for new, innovative, interdisciplinary, and lasting networks of researchers in Europe.

Apart from networking, COST attaches great importance to actively involving junior researchers, as well as to foster research in emerging COST member states. In view of this, COST actions offer training and scientific exchange programmes for junior researchers. Furthermore, COST aims to foster collaborations between academic and industry partners.

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Funding

Financial support in the form of a grant amounts to approximately 124,000 Euros per year over a maximum funding period of 4 years.

Participants

Participation is open to researchers from universities, research institutions, and businesses.

Additional members can join an existing COST action after its launch. You therefore have the option to either initiate a new COST action or join an existing COST action.

Submitting your proposal

The call is open to all research topics with a single-stage submission process. Thus, participants must submit a 15-page proposal, which will then be evaluated in a multi-stage review. (Approximately 30-40 new COST actions will receive funding per submission deadline).

Proposals should include participating researchers from at least seven COST member states (average number of partners in ongoing COST actions is approximately 15-25 and a minimum of 50% of partners must be from COST Inclusiveness Target Countries). The proposals must include a work plan, detailing the involvement of working groups, as well as individual measures (such as meetings or public relations).

Participating states

38 participating states are currently involved in COST: the 27 EU member states, as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Israel is involved as a cooperating member and South Africa is a partner member. Institutions from “Near Neighbour Countries” and international partner countries may also participate in COST actions.

Submission deadline

Currently, there are up to two submission deadlines per year. The current deadline can be found on the COST website.

Overview of

ongoing COST actions

The search function on the COST website provides an overview of all past or ongoing COST actions. Further information on each action is available by clicking the respective link. Below the description and the main contacts the contents and work plans for each action can be found under “Action documents” in the “Memorandum of Understanding”. All involved members can be found under the tab “Management Committee”.


Contact person

Dr. Heike Gernns
Address
Brühlstraße 27
30169 Hannover
Building
Room
112
Address
Brühlstraße 27
30169 Hannover
Building
Room
112