COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology

Pan-European networks for the coordination of research activities


The funding programme COST supports scientific cooperation and coordination throughout Europe.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding programme that encourages networking of scientific and technological research activities throughout Europe and beyond. COST is funded mainly through the European Framework Programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. Researchers and innovators affiliated with any public or private institution, in all disciplines of science and technology and at any stage of their career can participate.

By means of bottom-up and open scientific networks, known as COST Actions, COST supports networking activities, such as meetings, conferences, short-term exchanges, training schools or dissemination of scientific knowledge. Funding for research projects associated with COST Actions is provided by national sources, such as the SNSF.

COST follows three strategic priorities:

  • Promoting and spreading excellence
  • Fostering interdisciplinary research for breakthrough science
  • Empowering and retaining young researchers and innovators

Through COST Actions, COST aims to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges. The Actions involve on average scientists from 28 different full or cooperating members of the COST Association. Actions last 4 years and each receive funding of about EUR 130’000 per year for networking activities and collaboration.

The following options for participation are available in the framework of COST:

  • Participating in an ongoing COST Action
  • Submitting to COST a proposal for a new COST Action
  • Submitting to the SNSF a proposal for a research project associated with an ongoing COST Action in the call for COST Projects in Switzerland

Submission deadline

​06. May 2021


COST national coordinators:
Ladina Knapp
Annemarie Renier

Swiss representative in the General Assembly of the COST Association:
Georges Klein