European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Association is a not-for-profit intergovernmental funding organisation for research and innovation networks.

About COST

COST is funded by contributions from COST Member States and Horizon Europe. There are 38 member countries of which the UK is a founding member and a full participating member. As such, UK-based researchers are fully eligible to apply as a main or secondary proposer in COST Open Call for new Actions, participate in all COST activities and receive funding, as well as act as expert evaluators.

COST provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges. COST does not provide funding for research. Instead, it focuses on connecting communities of researchers and innovators from universities, as well as from public and private institutions, NGOs, industry and SMEs. The activities help connect research initiatives across Europe and beyond and enable researchers and innovators to grow their ideas in any science and technology field by sharing them with their peers.

COST mission is: ‘to provide networking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges’.



COST’s interdisciplinary research networks or ‘COST Actions’ run for four years and bring together researchers, innovators and other professionals including industry specialists from Europe and beyond. Researchers can either choose to create a new COST Action, or join an existing network.

The main strategic priorities of COST are:

  • Promoting and spreading excellence
  • Fostering interdisciplinary research for breakthrough science
  • Empowering and retaining young researchers.

Why join a COST Action?

This video gives more information about the COST programme and the benefits for researchers to join COST Actions.


COST does not provide funding for research, but covers the expenses related to undertaking networking activities in all research and innovation disciples, including:

  • Meetings, workshops, conferences
  • Short term scientific missions
  • Training Schools
  • Communication and dissemination activities
  • Virtual networks.


Benefits of participating

Connect with leading European and global peers

Connect with peers in all sectors to expand your career opportunities and access additional funding, training and networking opportunities.

Join recognised research networks

Open to all subject areas, COST Actions can help to increase the visibility of your research and act as a pre-portal to other funding instruments.

Develop new or existing collaborations and networks

COST Actions members can participate in COST Academy Training Schools, Connect stakeholder meetings and Innovator Grants.

Identify key knowledge gaps to inform future research policies

Increase your success rate in accessing follow-up funding with special emphasis on EU research funding including MSCA proposals.

European Cooperation in Science and Technology

Our Expert

Herbee Thomas

UK Country National Coordinator (CNC)


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