The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) provides international research funding for researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. These bottom-up networks run for 4 years and help to build capacity. Through these networks, the so-called COST Actions, COST provides funds for organising meetings, training schools, short term scientific missions or other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics. This way it promotes global networking of national-funded research.
The average COST Action support is EUR 130,000 per annum (dependent on budget availability) for participation by typically 25 COST Members. COST invites researchers across Europe to submit proposals for Actions through a continuous open call, no matter what their field of interest is. Besides setting up their own Action, researchers can join an existing network. More details about different ways of participation in COST Actions can be found here.
Following a thorough evaluation and selection process, the decision for funding a proposal is taken by the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) within eight months from the collection date. Successful proposals are approved to become COST Actions and can expect to kick-off within three months thereafter. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) provides the formal basis for a COST Action.
The proposal for a new Action can be on any topic, but must fulfil certain formal and qualitative criteria, and if the CSO approves the MoU, the COST Members wishing to take part in the Action can agree to it. An Action is launched when at least seven COST Members have agreed the MoU and starts with the first kick off –or Management Committee- meeting of the Action. Actions run for an average of four years.
For full eligibility criteria, please check the Vademecum, which is available through the documents and guidelines page.