About COST

Growing ideas through networks

COST 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 (ERA).

Join our COST Action?

There are various steps to follow to join or initiate a COST Action. It mainly depends on the location of the institution.

For institutions from the 36 COST Member States and the Cooperating State:

a) If your country has not yet accepted the Action's Memorandum of Understanding:

    contact your CNC who can launch your country's participation procedure in the relevant Action (only possible if national funding for the Actions’ activity is available). Once done, the CNC can officially nominate you as a representative of your country to the MC committee.

    it is also recommended that you inform the Chair of the Action of your interest.

b) If your country has already accepted the Action's Memorandum of Understanding,

- but has not yet nominated 2 representatives:

    contact your COST National Coordinator (CNC) who can officially nominate you as a representative of your country to the Management Committee (MC).

    it is also recommended that you inform the Chair of the Action of your interest.

- and has already nominated 2 representatives:

    contact the Action Chair for possible nomination by the Management Committee (MC) to a Working Group (WG).

For institutions from Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries:

Researchers from institutions in Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries can participate in COST Actions on the basis of mutual benefit (see the Rules for International Cooperation and Specific Organisations Participation), to be approved by the Executive Board on a case-by-case basis.

Once their participation is approved, researchers from these countries can participate in the relevant COST Action. In the Management Committee of the Action they are considered as Management Committee Observers (with no right to vote).

Additionally, when more than two institutions from the same near Neighbour Country or International Partner Country participate in a COST Action they are requested to coordinate their participation, as they can be represented by a total maximum of two members in the Management Committee of a COST Action.

See these information on the COST webpage