COST Actions

COST is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe.

COST funds pan-European, bottom-up networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields (COST does not set any research priorities). These multi- and interdisciplinary networks, called 'COST Actions', promote international coordination of nationally funded research. COST supports high-risk, innovative and emerging research themes.

COST does not fund research itself, but provides support for networking activities carried out within COST Actions. COST Actions are very oriented towards engaging the next generation of young researchers.

COST Actions are active through a range of networking tools, such as meetings, workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs) and dissemination activities. COST Actions are open to researchers at any career stage from universities, public and private research institutions, as well as to NGOs, industry and SMEs. Actions can expand, as researchers from new countries can join in during the first three years. On the basis of mutual benefit, Near Neighbour Countries and International Partners Countries may join.

To learn more about participating in COST Actions, please visit the Participate page.

COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for COST Actions through a continuous Open Call

Open Call
Next collection date

29 April 2020 @ 12:00 (CET).

A second collection date is planned for Autumn 2020.


Researchers can also apply to join an existing COST Action or become involved in various COST Action activities.

Here, you can browse through all the running COST Actions


Contact information:
International R&D Office UPV/EHU