Funding research networking through COST Actions can translate in many diverse benefits for researchers and for the R&I sector more broadly. These benefits include amongst others: 


  • enabling researchers to work on emerging scientific topics  
  • facilitating access to research infrastructures (through short-term scientific missions)  
  • fostering opportunities for training  
  • maximising the production of new knowledge and breakthrough discoveries    


  • creating open spaces for the free circulation of researchers and ideas  
  • helping advancing knowledge and innovation (by building an internal market for researchers and innovators) 
  • increasing interconnectedness with the whole research community across countries, generations, and gender in Europe and beyond  
  • promoting global research cooperation and widening access to excellence 

Mobility, visibility  

  • stimulating international mobility and visibility  
  • generating short-term mobility with long-term impact  

Career opportunities  

  • acting as incentive for the promotion of career development at European level 
  • boosting careers of young researchers 

Financial support  

  • allowing a low-entry barrier and successful pathways towards other cooperation schemes in the ERA 

The Value of Networking

Participation in COST Actions has led to significant results and follow-up in terms of the number of proposals submitted for collaborative research in Framework Programmes, with a success rate which more than triple the average success rates for these programmes (37% success rate). By funding networking, COST acts therefore as a pre-portal for further research and innovation funding such as the European Framework Programme for research and technological development.

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