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13.2.2020 12:13

COST Actions - a great way for researchers to work together in open networks that transcend borders

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What are COST Actions?

COST creates spaces where scientists are in the driving seat (bottom-up) and ideas can grow through a flexible and open approach. By enabling researchers from academia, industry and the public and private sector to work together in open networks that transcend borders, COST helps to advance science, stimulates knowledge sharing and pools resources.

COST Action is a network dedicated to scientific collaboration, complementing national research funds.

COST Actions are:

– open to researchers and innovators;

– collaborating in a field of science and technology of common interest to at least seven COST Members/Cooperating Members;

– based on a joint work programme lasting four years;

– answering to the COST Open Call for proposals.


A COST Action is open to all:

– science and technology fields (including trans-, and interdisciplinary, new and emerging fields);

– institutions (academia, public institutions, SME/industry, NGO, European/international organisations, etc.);

– career stages (both young and experienced);

– COST Members.


A COST Action is organised by a range of networking tools, such as meetings, conferences, workshops, short-term scientific missions, training schools, publications and dissemination activities. Funding covers the cost of COST Action networking tools. The average COST Action support is EUR 130,000 per annum for participation by typically 25 COST Members.

COST Actions can pave the way to or establish synergies with EU-funded research projects. Collaboration within research projects often leads to new Actions, thus enhancing the networking potential of research consortia.

Participants are invited to submit COST Action proposals contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. The next collection date is planned for 29 April 2020 at 12:00 noon (CET).

You can also join existing COST Actions.

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