COST is a pan-European intergovernmental framework dedicated to European-based scientific and technological networking activities aiming at allowing their participants to jointly develop their ideas and new initiatives across all scientific disciplines through trans-European coordination of nationally or otherwise funded research activities. COST with 36 Member Countries and one Co-operating State has, since its creation in 1971, contributed to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond.
COST mission is notably to enable breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts, services and products and thereby contribute to strengthen Europe’s research and innovation capacities. COST contributes to the objective of strengthening the scientific and technological bases of the European Research Area (ERA) by encouraging participants to share, create and apply knowledge. COST anticipates and complements the activities of the EU Framework Programmes, constituting a “bridge” towards the scientific communities of emerging countries. It also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe and fosters the establishment of scientific excellence.
COST does not fund research itself, but supports networking via different tools such as meetings, short-term scientific exchanges, training schools and dissemination activities as parts of COST Actions. Research funding has to be provided by national funding sources. The SNSF typically opens yearly calls for the funding of projects associated with recently approved COST Actions.
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