COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. It contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide.
The average COST Action support is 130.000 EUR per year. COST does NOT fund research itself, but provides support for networking activities (following a bottom-up procedure: no predefined topics). Minimum participation in a COST Action: 5 COST Member countries (see the COST website for the list of the 35 member countries). Also other countries can participate. The areas covered are summarized in the nine key domains:
In addition, Trans-Domain Proposals allow for broad, multidisciplinary proposals to strike across the nine scientific domains.
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