COST is the European Cooperation in Science and Technology and it is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe.
It is a unique means for them to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities, through pan-European networking of nationally funded research activities. Based on a European intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology, COST has been contributing - since its creation in 1971 - to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond. As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research, COST plays a very important role in building a European Research Area.
It anticipates and complements the activities of the EU Framework Programmes, constituting a “bridge” towards the scientific communities of COST Inclusiveness Target Countries. It also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe and fosters the establishment of scientific excellence.
The Policies of COST are the following:
1. Inclusiveness (to encourage others to participate and get more people involved);
2. Gender balance and Early Career investigations (to encourage the young generation to participate);
3. Industry oriented (SMEs participation is highly welcomed).
Actions published under COST can be accessed by clicking here.