COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through scientific and technological developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthening Europe's research and innovation capacities. 

It allows researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and take new initiatives across all fields of science and technology, while promoting multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. COST aims at fostering a better integration of less research intensive countries to the knowledge hubs of the European Research Area.

The COST Association, an International not-for-profit Association under Belgian Law, integrates all management, governing and administrative functions necessary for the operation of the framework. The COST Association has currently 36 Member Countries.

What is funded? 

COST does not fund the research itself. COST Actions normally have duration of 4 years, and fund: 

• Science management meetings 

• Scientific workshops, seminars and conferences 

• Short Term Scientific Missions 

• Training Schools 

• Dissemination COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme, and its scientific secretariat is provided by the European Science Foundation (EFS), through the COST office based in Brussels. 

Further information about COST networking tools as well as relevant COST guidelines and documents such as the COST Vademecum you find on the official COST website.