COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through scientific and technological developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.
It allows researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and take new initiatives across all fields of science and technology, while promoting multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. COST aims at fostering a better integration of less research intensive countries to the knowledge hubs of the European Research Area. The COST Association, an International not-for profit Association under Belgian Law, integrates all management, governing and administrative functions necessary for the operation of the framework. The COST Association has currently 36 Member Countries. www.cost.eu
COST’s mission focuses on:
- building capacity by connecting high quality scientific communities throughout Europe and worldwide;
- providing networking opportunities for early career investigators;
- increasing the impact of research on policy makers, regulatory bodies and national decision makers as well as the private sector.
Through its inclusiveness, COST supports the integration of research communities, leverages national research investments and addresses issues of global relevance.
Every year thousands of European scientists benefit involvement in COST Actions, allowing the pooling of national research funding to achieve common goals.
COST also complements the activities of EU Horizon 2020, acting as a bridge between the scientific communities of emerging countries. COST Actions are also open to participation by non-European scientists coming from neighbouring countries (e.g. Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine) and from a number of international partner countries.
COST is currently executed by the European Science Foundation (ESF) through the COST Office on a mandate by the European Commission, and the framework is governed by a Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) representing all its 35 member countries.
More information about COST is available from here. In particular, the COST Vademecum provides all the administrative and financial rules with respect to the management and implementation of COST Actions and associated activities. The COST Vademecum is a legally binding document approved by the ESF and follows the rules established by the CSO. This document can be accessed from COST Networking Tools page.