COST Mission

COST aims to enable breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products. It thereby contributes to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.

In order to achieve its mission,
COST endeavours to:

  • Build capacity by connecting high-quality scientific communities in Europe and worldwide
  • Provide networking opportunities for Early Stage Researchers (ESR)
  • Increase research impact on policy makers, regulatory bodies and national decision makers as well as on the private sector.

Through its  inclusiveness  policy, COST supports the integration of research communities, leverages national research investments and addresses issues of global relevance.

COST is thus a building block of the  European Research Area , instrumental for successful innovation strategies and global cooperation.

COST's Goals

In 2011, the  CSO  adopted the COST  Strategy to achieve Vision 2020 , looking at four goals:

  1. Best performance in its implementation;
  2. Orienting COST  Actions
  3. Improving cooperation within COST Member States and beyond; 
  4. Ensuring good governance.


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