The need for science-informed policy advice at both national and international levels is undeniably of great importance. The substantial increase of the science base, and the pace of innovation is both an opportunity and a challenge for societies and governments. COST Actions are a pool of excellence that can be utilised for science-informed policy advice on relevant EU policy topics.
Trainings for COST Actions
COST supports its Actions with the COST Academy trainings: ‘Science4Policy‘ for starting COST Actions and ‘Understanding EU decision-making processes – how to advocate your interest‘. The trainings support and connect researchers with the world of policy and aim to help COST Actions increase their policy impact.
The Science4Policy workshops are often organized in cooperation with the Joint Research Centre (JRC), and focus on familiarising COST Action participants with the JRC Competence frameworks for policymakers and researchers. Similarly, COST Action participants are invited to reflect on their work on policy with the ‘Science for Policy online reflection tool’, also developed by the JRC. Its purpose is to help policymakers and researchers working in science-for-policy reflect on their level of competence in various fields.
Actions to Actions
The COST policy brief ‘Actions to Actions’ is a practical guide for COST Actions on how to achieve policy impact.
It is based on the information, recommendations, tips, and good practices shared by (former) COST Action Chairs, Vice-Chairs, and participants from 10 highly successful COST Actions.
Science-informed policy advice in action
Click on the success stories below to discover various examples of COST Action policy impact:
COST has established partnerships with numerous initiatives including:
- NEWS | COST and the Joint Research Centre extended MoU for another 5 years (2023)
- NEWS | A year of increased collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority (2022)
- NEWS | First joint initiative with EIT and COST to further support researchers and innovators (2022)
- NEWS | Connecting the innovation chain by reinforcing synergies: COST and EIT sign MoU (2021)
- NEWS | Celebrating a year of successful collaboration between COST and the JRC (2021)
- EVENTS | How can researchers maximise impact by engaging with policy makers?
- European Commission Staff Working Document ‘Supporting and connecting policymaking in the Member States with scientific research’