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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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.


STReESSing inclusiveness

Action FP 1106 STReESS (Studying Tree Responses to extreme Events: a SyntheSis) is a recent example of COST’s commitment to promoting inclusiveness and supporting promising researchers from less research-intensive countries across Europe. In this case, research focuses on analysing the effects of extreme natural phenomena and climate change on the growth and wood quality of European tree species.


Understanding proteins, understanding life

Recent medical advances have seen our life expectancy increase significantly. However, so has the risk of developing cancer and neurological, genetic, or autoimmune diseases, all caused by protein mutations. COST Action BM1307 "PROTEOSTASIS" has set up an international network focusing on the reasons behind protein mutations, investigating a particular role that proteins play in carrying out cellular functions.


Getting European cities ready for climate change

In times of resource scarcity, European cities are in need of reconfiguration. Urban areas need to pollute less and become generally more sustainable in order to increase their resilience to climate change effects.


Maternity care – setting up the highest standard across Europe

Every year around 4.7 million European women give birth to a child. Optimal maternal and infant health is critical to societal wellbeing.


Become a COST Expert!

COST invites independent experts from all scientific areas to participate in the evaluation of proposals for COST Actions collected twice a year through the COST Open Call.


Registration for Trans-Domain (TD) Pilot Proposals is open!

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COST responds to the research communities’ need for a more lightweight and quickly evaluated instrument with a revised evaluation and selection procedure for highly interdisciplinary research networks. The Proposal registration opens on 15 February and closes on 29 March. Updated guidelines are also available.


Prof. Dr Rainer Waser awarded the 2014 Leibniz prize

COST warmly congratulates Prof. Dr Rainer Waser on winning the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Germany’s most prestigious research award. The Joint Committee of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG) announced the eleven recipients of the 2014 prize on 5 December 2013.



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