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European cooperation in research

Cost (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) funds networking for researchers in technology, social sciences and medicine. By promoting networking between academia, business, the public sector and research institutes, Cost wants to contribute to the more efficient use of research resources.

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This is Cost

Cost is a participant-driven network to disseminate the latest research findings and create new networks. A special focus is placed on networking with young researchers and research groups in new fields of science and technology.

The participants themselves decide in which networks they want to work, and against which objective. Together, they constitute a so-called Cost campaign.

Funding within Cost

Cost finances coordination of network activities such as meeting costs, secretarial services for coordination, funding for young researchers' short research stays with other research groups within the campaign, and funding for dissemination of research results. The participants need to have the funding for their own research secured before the start of the project.

Every year, about sixty new network projects start, with a term of four years. Applications can be made throughout the year but are processed and evaluated twice a year. Actors and research groups from all over the world can participate.

Cost structure

Four basic principles govern Cost

  • All Member States can propose Cost Actions. If at least five Member States show interest in the proposal, it will be implemented.
  • Participation in the Cost Actions is voluntary and thus includes only those countries that are interested.
  • The research is financed nationally, the European Commission only funding for the coordination of projects.
  • The cost actions aim to coordinate national research at a European level. Each action is administered by a steering committee.

Visit the Cost website

funding all information about parties, funding, funded project and current announcements.

Visit the Cost website.

Vinnova's role

Vinnova coordinates the Swedish Cost Participation and has an COST National Coordinator, CNC, which represents Sweden in the CSO.


If you have questions, you can contact us at

Anna-Carin Ramsten

Programme Manager

+46 8 473 30 78

Sanna Sjöblom

Policy officer

Last updated 1 June 2021

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