European cooperation programme for research

COST, "European programme for cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research", is a European programme for collaboration on technical, social and medical research. Vinnova is the national coordinator, NCC, and coordinates the Swedish participation in COST.

COST aims to organise and co-ordinate R&D projects at universities, institutes and companies in Europe in order to use national resources more effectively. There is no central project funding in the COST programme. Instead, each country pays for the projects in which it participates. In addition to the EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Croatia are involved in the COST programme.

The collaboration that takes place under the COST programme is channelled through COST Actions that focus on particular themes. COST is a complement to the EU’s framework programme for research and planned co-operation with projects within this programme often takes place.  

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About us

Vinnova is Sweden’s innovation agency. We promote sustainable growth by improving the conditions for innovation and by funding needs-driven research.

We promote collaborations between companies, universities, research institutes and the public sector. We do this by stimulating a greater use of research, by making long-term investment in strong research and innovation environments and by developing catalytic meeting places. Our activities also focus on strengthening international cooperation.

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