The European Co-operation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) programme was first established in 1971, aiming at promoting a framework of cooperation between EU countries, through the promotion and strengthening of cooperation in the fields of scientific and technological research. COST receives funding from the EU Framework Programmes for research and innovation.
The COST programme has evolved into one of the most important initiatives for research cooperation in Europe. Along with all European Union countries, most European countries are also part of the Programme. A total of 38 counties are part of COST as full members.
COST supports the active involvement of researchers from less research-intensive COST Countries (Inclusiveness Target Countries, ITC), including Cyprus. Apart from researchers from COST member countries, also researchers from Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries can also take part, based on mutual benefit.
Since 2014, the COST Association was established as the legal entity that will implement COST Activities. The COST Association funds the creation of research networks in all scientific and technological fields, in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges.
The COST Actions offer an international and open space for collaboration among scientists and thereby give impetus to research advancements and innovation. They contribute to the coordination of research supported by national funds, covering exclusively networking activities, such as workshops, conferences, working group meetings, training schools, short-term scientific missions and dissemination and communication activities.