The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is a funding organisation for creating research networks, called COST Actions. These networks offer an open space for collaboration among scientists across Europe (and beyond), giving impetus to research advancements and innovation.
A COST Action is a science and technology network funded over a four-year duration that requires the participation of at least seven different COST Full Members or Cooperating Members. An Action is organised through a range of networking tools that are performed to support and ultimately achieve research coordination and capacity building objectives as set out in each Action’s Memorandum of Understanding.
COST is bottom-up. This means that researchers can create a network – based on their own research interests and ideas – by submitting a proposal to the COST Open Call. The proposal can be in any science field. COST Actions are highly interdisciplinary and open. It is possible to join ongoing Actions, which keeps expanding over the funding period of four years. They are multi-stakeholder, often involving the private sector, policymakers, and civil society.
COST Action VISUAL IDENTITY
All COST Action participants are encouraged to download the guidelines for the communication, dissemination and exploitation of COST Action results and outcomes. COST material and handbooks meant to help and encourage COST Actions to communicate their work and achievements can be found here.