COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

2014 EPA National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5

Summary: 2014 EPA National Information Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5: Presentation from Rita Ward (Enterprise Ireland)

Published: 2014


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COST is an intergovernmental framework for European CoOperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level.

COST has a very specific mission and goal. It contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide. Currently the membership comprises of 35 member countries plus Israel and is open to international participation.

COST does not fund research itself, but provides support for networking activities carried out within COST Actions.  The Actions are open to all researchers (industrial and academic) in all domains and typically run for 4 years. The networking activities are: meetings; workshops; conferences; short term scientific missions; training schools; and publications. 

COST is a unique means for European researchers to develop jointly their own ideas and new initiatives across all scientific disciplines through trans-European networking of nationally funded research activities (COST Actions). Through its inclusiveness COST supports integration of research communities, leverages national research investments and addresses issues of global relevance.

COST has been formally inscribed into Horizon 2020 (with a budget of 300M euro) and is expected to contribute in particular to the ‘Societal Challenges’ and ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation’ pillars of the Horizon 2020 strategy.

COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for research networks and use this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives.