Deadline: 2020-10-29 (extended)

For research networks of at least 7 different COST member states - incl. at least 3 ITC partner (funds for conferences etc.)

COST (CO-operation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework dedicated to European-based S&T networking activities aiming at allowing their participants to jointly develop their ideas and new initiatives across all scientific disciplines through trans-European coordination of nationally or otherwise funded research activities. COST has been contributing since its creation in 1971 to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond.
COST Mission is notably to enable breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts, services and products and thereby contributing to strengthening European research and innovation capacities.

In order to achieve its mission, COST provides support for activities such as:

  • the development of European-based scientific and technological networks in any scientific or interdisciplinary domain;
  • the exploitation of the research outcomes by integrating all stakeholders, thereby intensifying the links between the scientific communities, the enterprises, the policy makers and the society;
  • the dissemination of results of such research activities in order to improve their scientific, social and economic impact;
  • the provision for collaboration opportunities to all researchers in order to employ all talented and creative human resources available in Europe overcoming the bottlenecks linked to geographic location, age or gender;
  • the facilitation of the international collaboration of the European research networks, thereby increasing their efficiency, effectiveness and impact at global level;
  • the appropriate further developments for the European Cooperation in Science and Technology in the context of the European Research Area based on European and global developments.

The COST Association is the legal entity in charge of the management and implementation of COST strategy, policies and activities towards the achievement of the COST Mission. The overview of the COST structure and its intergovernmental dimension can be found at https://www.cost.eu/who-weare/about-cost/.