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.