European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology aims to enable breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products. It thereby contributes to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.

In order to achieve its mission and goal, COST has identified a set of objectives aiming at supporting high quality, collaborative networks in all fields of science and technology, while focusing on existing but less prevailing areas allowing to increase COST overall impact:

  • Joining research efforts and developing common S&T programmes by coordinating nationally-funded research activities led by pan-European, high quality, collaborative S&T networks.
  • Building capacity by providing networking and leadership opportunities for emerging talents and thereby strengthening and building up excellent S&T communities.
  • Addressing Societal Questions by promoting transdisciplinary, new approaches and topics and identifying early warning signals of unforeseen societal problems aiming to contribute to Societal Challenges.
  • Strengthening COST Inclusiveness Policy by fostering better access and integration of less research-intensive countries’ researchers to the knowledge hubs of the European Research Area aiming at contributing to the Widening Pillar of Horizon 2020.

COST brings together European researchers, engineers and scholars from different COST countries to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all science and technology fields through trans-European cooperation. COST encourages and fosters trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary approaches by integrating researchers, engineers and scholars from different fields and horizons such as universities, research centres, companies, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as other relevant actors.

COST does NOT fund research itself but supports networking via different tools such as meetings, short term scientific missions, training schools, and dissemination activities part of COST Actions. COST invites proposals for Actions aiming at contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe to close the gap between science, policymakers and society throughout Europe and beyond.

Proposals should reflect the main characteristics of COST Actions, namely providing for knowledge sharing, creation, and application, being open and output-oriented while aiming at strengthening the scientific and technological basis of the proposed topic(s).

Proposals should also respond to the COST Excellence, Inclusiveness and Widening policy, which aims to provide collaboration opportunities to all researchers, engineers and scholars in COST countries, encourage participation among young talents and next-generation leaders, in particular promoting working opportunities for early-career investigators and ensure gender balance, paving the way towards breakthrough developments and innovations.

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Closing date: 29 Oct 2020