COST is a European intergovernmental framework for transnational cooperation across 35 Member Countries (including Ireland) in science and technology (S&T).
This framework allows for the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level.
COST is open to all disciplines, all novel and ground-breaking S&T ideas and to all categories of partners where there is mutual benefit.
COST enables breakthrough S&T developments leading to new concepts and products thereby contributing to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.
COST supports the networking of researchers through science and technology networks called ‘COST Actions’ and open to:
- Any novel and original idea (innovative)
- All fields of S&T (including interdisciplinary, new and emergent fields)
- All partners (public and private, big and small)
- All career stages (early-stage and senior researchers)
- All countries (small and big, leader and follower countries)
COST Actions are pan-European, bottom-up science and technology networks open to researchers from academia and industry or to policy stakeholders.
COST does not fund research itself, but supports networking activities carried out within COST Actions.
Every COST Action lasts for up to four years and requires the participation of researchers from at least 5 COST Member Countries.
The Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation provides funding for Irish membership of COST and Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the coordination of Irish participation in COST Actions.