Since 1971, the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) has received EU funding under the various research and innovation framework programmes, for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions

COST funding intends to complement national research funds, as they are exclusively dedicated to cover collaboration activities, such as workshops, conferences, working group meetings, training schools, short-term scientific missions, and dissemination and communication activities.

COST creates spaces where scientists are in the driving seat (bottom-up)  and ideas can grow through a flexible and open approach. By enabling researchers from academia, industry and the public and private sector to work together in open networks that transcend borders, COST helps to advance science, stimulates knowledge sharing and pools resources.

For further information please go to the COST website.