COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Action proposal

Deadline: October 23, 2024




  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Worldwide


The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) provides international research funding for researchers and innovators to set up interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond, this can include all fields of science and technology.


A COST Action is an interdisciplinary research network that brings researchers and innovators together to investigate a topic of their choice for 4 years. COST Actions are typically made up of researchers from academia, SMEs, public institutions and other relevant organisations or interested parties.

Open to all science and technology fields, including new and emerging fields; COST Actions offer an inclusive, pan-European environment for individuals of all levels of seniority to grow their professional research networks and boost their careers.

In today’s world it is essential for research to be interconnected, interdisciplinary, collaborative and data-intensive. By focusing on networking activities, COST Actions help to advance knowledge and strengthen the research and development sector, by creating networking opportunities for researchers to meet and discuss ideas, complex problems can be addressed in a targeted way, across a large geographical area.

  • COST Actions act as a pre-portal to other funding instruments. Follow-up proposals from COST Actions have a 37% success rate, which leads to 5.8 million spin-off funding per Action
  • COST Actions are gender inclusive: During Horizon 2020, 42% of participants were women
  • COST Actions are a career accelerator for young researchers. 88% indicate that participation has led to advancement

Open call

The next collection date will be 25 October 2023 at 12:00 noon (CET) – *IMPORTANT please note all submissions must be made using the new Technical Annex template.

Participants are invited to submit COST Action proposals contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

The Open Call Action proposal submission, evaluation, selection and approval (SESA) procedure is fully science and technology-driven and will ensure a simple, transparent and competitive proposal evaluation and selection process, reflecting the bottom-up, open and inclusive principles of COST. Participants planning to submit a proposal for a COST Action will need to refer to the SESA guidelines and to the Open Call Announcement on the Documents and Guidelines page.

Opportunity is About


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate


  • Researchers and innovators from academia, public institutions, industry/SMEs, NGOs and European and international organisations.
  • All scientific fields: from the most technical research topics to humanities or social sciences.


Deadline: October 23, 2024

Cost/funding for participants

Up to 70 new COST Actions are expected to be approved, subject to available budget.

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