COST - European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research


Founded in 1970, COST is an intergovernmental framework, allowing the co-ordination of nationally funded research on a European level. COST Actions cover basic and pre-competitive research as well as activities of public utility. COST is one of the longest-running instruments supporting co-operation among scientists and researchers across Europe. COST now has 35 member countries and enables scientists to collaborate in a wide spectrum of activities in research and technology.

COST has a geographical scope beyond the EU and welcomes the participation of interested institutions from non-COST member states without any geographical restriction.  In the West Balkans, COST has the following member states: Croatia, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In the frame of its Near Neighbour scheme, COST stimulates the participation of re-searchers from the Western Balkan region (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro), from Mediterranean countries and from European NIS countries.
COST supports and funds the attendance of researchers from these countries for the participation in COST Actions (in accordance with COST Financial Rules and Proce-dures).

As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research, COST plays a very important role in the realisation of the European Research Area (ERA). It 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 in nine key domains:

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

COST follows an overall policy of increasing its support to Early Stage Researchers. Those instruments are also open for young researchers from the Neighbouring countries:

1. Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)
These Missions (Exchange Visits) are particularly intended for young scientists.
STSM of Early Stage Researchers can be expanded in duration beyond 3 months. Financial support is increased accordingly.

2. Training Schools
Those attending are basically but not exclusively young researchers from across Europe. A Training School can also take the form of an early stage researchers' net-work created within the Action as a “think tank”.

3. Action Workshops and Exploratory/Strategic Workshops
Each year Action Workshops and Exploratory/Strategic Workshops involve Early Stage Researchers to strengthen links with each other and with experienced scientists.

Further information:

  • Have a look at the new COST website (, including information about upcoming Actions and COST success stories, an electronic library, sections on events and publications and a COST glossary, etc.
  • To receive information on COST activities and events in your specific field, fill in the COST Information Request Form on line:
  • For lists of experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro participat-ing in COST Actions please contact Svetlana Voinova, Coordinator of Balkan re-lated COST activities:
    Tel: +32 2 5333 848.

Source: COST Website, as accessed in March 2014.

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Contact details
Address: 149 Av. Louise1050 Brussels, 1050 Brussels
Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • International; Other
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Natural Sciences
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Entry created by Elke Dall on October 17, 2006
Modified on March 13, 2014