COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology - Action proposal



Location (s):

  • 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.


COST funding is:

  • Open to all scientific and technological fields including humanities and social sciences; and to researchers and stakeholders from academia, industry, NGOs and SMEs, and policy-makers;
  • Interdisciplinary;
  • Focused on excellence;
  • Bottom-up – gives researchers freedom to freely propose any topic;
  • Inclusive – actively engaging the whole research community across countries, generations and gender;
  • Simple – one submission stage and user friendly IT tools; and
  • Transparent – straightforward application process and independent peer review.

Open Call: A simple one-step application process

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 on the Documents and Guidelines page.

For any questions related to the open call and how to get funding, please contact

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Researchers and innovators from universities, public and private institutions, NGOs, industry and SMEs. Particular emphasis is placed on activities involving researchers from less-research-intensive COST Member countries with a view to increasing their participation.

Thus, COST Actions are open to:

  • All fields of science and technology (including interdisciplinary, new and emerging fields);
  • All types of institutions (academia, public institutions, SME/Industry, NGO, European/International organisations, etc)
  • All career stages; and
  • All COST Members (based on mutual benefit). Non-COST Members can join based on mutual benefit, they are spread across the Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries.


Deadline: October 29, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

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