COST Networking Tools
Researchers participating in COST Actions can embark upon a wide range of networking opportunities. Discover more!
COST Actions are science and technology networks open to researchers and stakeholders. They are set up to achieve specific objectives within their four-year duration, centred around the creation, diffusion and application of knowledge in the frame of the COST Action. These objectives can be reached through a wide range of networking tools supported by COST, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs) and dissemination activities.
Meetings, Workshops and Conferences
Meetings are organised by COST Action Management Committees in any COST country participating in the network. They can be of different types, such as Management Committee meetings, Working Group Meetings, Workshops and Conferences. They may be open to the whole scientific community and provide visibility opportunities for the COST Action. COST will contribute to the travel and subsistence costs of participating scientists, and to the organisation costs of the meeting.
Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM)
Short-term scientific missions (STSM) are exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country. They are aimed at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants' institutions or laboratories. STSM are intended especially for young researchers.
Please follow this link to apply for a Short-term scientific mission (link opens in new window).
COST Actions can share knowledge and support collaboration also through Training Schools. Training Schools can be organised by a COST Action on related research topics and can provide dissemination opportunities for an Action's activities. Training Schools provide intensive training in emerging research topics within the laboratories and organisations involved in the COST Action. Participants are mainly, but not exclusively, young researchers involved in COST Actions. Training Schools also cover appropriate re-training as part of life-long learning.
Dissemination Activities and Publications
Disseminating scientific results achieved by COST Actions is a core value of COST. COST encourages and supports COST Actions and their participants to disseminate the outcome of their research to other COST science and technology networks, the wider scientific community, policymakers, the media and society at large. COST supports its Actions by funding a series of visibility opportunities and dissemination/publication activities.
The documents below are intended for COST Action participants and for researchers wishing to gather more information about the functioning of COST Actions.
The COST Implementation Rules provide the basic and general provisions for the implementation of COST Activities, with a specific focus on COST Actions.
The COST Vademecum provides the terms and conditions for the financing of COST Actions and other COST activities..
The COST Action template centre provides documents that COST Actions may use to report on their activities.
COST Implementation Rules
- Rules for Participation in and Implementation of COST Activities (COST doc 4112/13) (PDF, 291 kB)
- Action Proposal Submission, Evaluation, Selection and Approval (COST doc 4113/13) (EN13.PDF, 31 kB)
- COST Action Management (COST doc 4114/13) (PDF, 291 kB)
- COST International Cooperation rules (COST doc 4115/13) (PDF, 287 kB)
- Guidelines for Monitoring, Evaluation and Dissemination of Results of COST Actions (COST doc. 4112/11) (PDF, 351 kB)