How to apply

A COST Action proposal can be submitted at any time of the year. Proposals are collected up to twice a year. The submission, evaluation, selection and approval (SESA) procedure ensures a simple, transparent and competitive evaluation and selection process, in line with COST’s bottom-up, open1 and inclusive2 principles.


Proposers benefit from a one-stage submission via the e-COST submission tool. The proposal requires filling in a few sections online and uploading a technical annex of up to 15 pages.

The minimum number of countries included at the proposal stage is seven COST Members. Out of the seven, a minimum of 50% must be Inclusiveness Target Countries. For more details, please refer to the annex of the SESA guidelines.

For any questions related to the open call and how to get funding, please contact

1Participation in COST Actions is open to all types of participants (e.g. from academia, industry, international research organisations, relevant civic groups, etc., wherever they are located).
2COST aims to support the inclusion of excellent researchers who, due to their age, gender or geographical location, experience difficulties in networking internationally.