COST

COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology - is Europe’s longest-running intergovernmental framework supporting the collaboration of nationally funded science and technology research through the creation of networks. Also known as Actions, these pan-European networks allow researchers, engineers or scholars to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers and thereby give impetus to their research, career and innovation.

A COST Action is a bottom-up project that starts upon the initiative of scientists and researchers. With a time span of four years, COST Actions can grow in number, involving additional participants to further develop their networks of experts and meet to collaborate on their research topics, across all fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities. COST does not fund research itself, but allows to pool and leverage research, with also an industrial aim to dissemination and exploitation activities targeting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large companies in Europe. It constitutes a “bridge” towards the scientific communities of COST Inclusiveness Target Countries (European countries with inclusion neighbouring countries and "less research intensive countries" [COST]. (e.g. in Eastern Europe). COST aims at enabling breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contributing to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.

  • Minimum criteria are: of 5 different COST Member Countries and/or Cooperating State, anual average budget of €130,000, duration of 4 years.
  • Supported are networking tools: meetings, conferences, workshops, ST exchanges, trainingt and dissemination activities.
  • Research coordination or capacity-building objectives.
  • Promoting excellence (incl. early career investigators, geographical coverage, gender), international cooperation with EU's neighbouring countries, and with SME and industry cooperation.

Who can apply

Researchers, engineers and scholars as applicants (business enterprises, practitioners, regulators, users as participants)

Deadlines

The call is open throughout the year, next deadline 1 Dec 2016.

Thematic focus

All fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities. Targed objectives are Reasearch coordination or Capacity-building. Supported activities are: meetings, conferences, workshops, ST exchanges, trainingt and dissemination activities.

Weblink

Applicant page: http://www.cost.eu/participate/open_call 

Guideline (pdf): http://www.cost.eu/module/download/49617