COST funds pan-European, bottom-up networks open to researchers from universities, public and private research institutions, as well as to NGOs, industry and SMEs across all science and technology fields. These networks, called 'COST Actions', promote international coordination of nationally-funded research. 

COST does not fund research itself, but provides support for networking activities carried out within COST Actions with a four-year duration and a minimum participation of five COST Countries. COST prides in its support for high-risk, innovative and emerging research themes.


COST Actions are active through a range of networking tools, such as meetings, workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs) and dissemination activities.


COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals forCOST Actions through a continuous Open Call. Researchers can also apply to join an existing COST Action or become involved in various COST Action activities.


COST Actions are also open to international cooperation, by allowing the participation of researchers from Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries on the basis of mutual benefit.


COST Countries COST is an intergovernmental framework consisting in 36 Member Countries and a Cooperating State. The 36 COST Member Countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.


Cooperating State Israel is a Cooperating State.


COST Actions are: Pan-European Spanning 36 Member Countries Researcher-driven In terms of proposed topics, objectives and work organisation; researchers choose their own topics; all decision are entrusted to the Action’s Management Committees Open and Inclusive Open to all researchers, engineers and scholars, irrespective of gender, field or career stage.


All Actions:

  • Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS)
  • Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST)
  • Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM)
  • Food and Agriculture (FA)
  • Forests, their Products and Services (FPS)
  • Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH)
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Materials, Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS)
  • Transport and Urban Development (TUD)
  • Trans-Domain Proposals

The COST Open Call will continue having the spring and autumn Collection Dates.  + info