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Funding Entities

COST – European Cooperation in The Field Of Scientific and Technical Research


COST’s mission is to strengthen scientific and technical research in Europe by supporting cooperation and interaction among European researchers. Its goal is to maximise European synergy and added-value in non-competitive, pre- normative research. The funds made available by COST support the coordination costs of research networks (Actions), the research of which is funded nationally.

At present more than 200 Actions are on-going, involving about 30,000 researchers. COST is considered a key element of the European Research Area.


COST carries out its activities in 9 scientific fields:

  • Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Forests, their Products and Services
  • Materials, Physics and Nanosciences
  • Chemistry, Sciences and Molecular Technologies
  • Earth System Science and Environmental Management
  • Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Transports and Urban Development