COST Stories

This section focuses on COST results mainly in terms of Actions and Domains.

The case studies reflect the impact COST has on European research, people and markets.


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Taking charge of air quality control in Europe’s smart, green cities

A COST funded network of European spin-offs, SMEs, agencies, research centres and universities is working on developing cheaper and energy efficient sensors for air quality control in Europe’s future smart cities.


From COST Actions to ERC grants: getting the interdisciplinary conversation going

Sarah McCormack is Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at Trinity College in Dublin and specialises in solar and thermal energy storage. Chairing COST Action TU0802, she developed a well-knit interdisciplinary community in the area of energy storage systems. Six years after setting up the network, she is now an ERC Starting Grantee, developing new, efficient solar devices that store and use the energy that current systems in buildings and homes are wasting. She told us how leading a COST Action has helped her see the bigger picture in her ongoing research.


AAPELE: Ambient Assisted Living or what happens when science and industry talk ageing

A COST-funded Action of scientists and entrepreneurs in the field of ambient assisted living is coordinating European research on technologies meant to improve the lives of the elderly and disabled. In a recent initiative, the Action invited SMEs to showcase their latest technologies and products.


Evaluating interdisciplinary research in Europe – what next?

An initiative of Targeted Network Sci-GENERATION, the workshop brought together European researchers, project proposal evaluators and funding programmes’ representatives, who shared experiences and ideas for the future of interdisciplinary research.


Networking for nanotechnology in Europe

ERC grantee Dr Salvador Pané i Vidal leads COST Action e-MINDS, bringing together experts in nanorobotics and materials science. He looks at the role e-MINDS plays in managing his own research.


When EU research projects are in need of admin power

Young European research project administrators part of Targeted Network BESTPRAC examine ways of improving research administration practices across Europe and highlight the role of their profession in the context of EU research collaborations.


COST hosts breakfast debate at K4I Innovation Summit

At the 6th European Innovation Summit held in Brussels, 17-20 November, COST organized a highly informative breakfast debate on the topic of ‘Bottom-up versus Top-down innovation – How much funneling and prescription can ingenuity endure?’


Europe’s next generation innovators and their need for a garage

Featuring a central theme in the overall context of the 6th European Innovation Summit, the session was hosted by Victor Negrescu MEP and Brando Benifei MEP, gathering students, researchers, entrepreneurs, industry experts and policy makers. Approaching the concept of innovation in Europe, they looked at the impediments to a European innovation culture, but also discussed successful initiatives and ways of attracting support for future projects. An essential question hovered over the debate even before it started: who are Europe’s next generation innovators?


Capacity building in the Western Balkans

A newly established Targeted Network seeks to boost capacity building and economic development in the area by supporting efficient forest management.


The COST Association is up and running

Established in September 2013, the COST Association has incorporated the governing bodies and the administrative functions of COST into a single structure.



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