COST Strategy

An overview of the COST building blocks leading up to Horizon 2020

COST at a turning point

Looking at the next seven-year programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, COST has been working towards achieving its Vision 2020 goals:

  • COST has ensured a quality performance in implementing its activities, as previous and ongoing impact assessment studies have shown
  • COST has seen its Actions steer towards new concepts and products - a result of the networks’ bottom-up nature and of their support for innovative ideas
  • Inclusive and open Actions have enabled cooperation within COST countries and beyond
  • The COST Association has been established to ensure good governance under the new programme for research and innovation

The COST Action Plan towards inclusiveness and excellence

As a follow-up on the COST Position Paper, the COST Action Plan approved in June 2012 aims at increasing inclusiveness in COST activities while fostering scientific excellence throughout Europe.

The COST Position Paper

This strategic paper demonstrates the valuable position that COST holds in the European Research Area (ERA). COST anticipates and complements the activities of the EU Framework Programmes by enabling breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products. Moreover, COST fosters inclusiveness and excellence in all fields of science and technology.

The COST Plan for Strategic Activities

The COST Plan for Strategic Activities features the procedures for setting up S&T or policy-driven strategic activities, including conferences, meetings and events.

Specifically, CSO-driven COST Targeted Networks function similarly to COST Actions. There are three such Targeted Networks running since 2012:


Last updated: 02 September 2014 top of page

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