Founded in 1971, COST is an intergovernmental framework for European co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research, allowing the co-ordination of nationally funded research on the European level.
COST actions promote basic and pre-competitive research as well as activities of public utility and enhance cooperation between enterprises and R&D institutions. COST actions are used to finance the cooperation between researchers and the coordination of this type of cooperation. The financing of research is nationally funded. The goal of COST is to ensure that Europe holds a strong position in the field of scientific and technical research for peaceful purposes, by increasing European co-operation and interaction in this field.
In total, 35 European countries, among them Estonia, are COST member states. In addition, co-operation state Israel and several countries outside Europe participate in COST Actions.
The COST member countries participate in an “a la carte” principle, and the activities are launched on a “bottom-up” approach. COST actions can be started by any researcher in any country. One of COST’s main features is its built-in flexibility. Participation in COST is open to researchers from all research fields.
More information on COST website www.cost.eu.
Contact in Estonia
COST Estonian national coordinator
Tel: +372 731 7361