is a research initiative of European states and supports European Cooperation in Science and Technology.
With an average project duration of 4 years the COST Actions promote pre-competitive research in scientific and technological cooperation. COST is close to the scientific community and has new promising initiatives, in particular multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary fields being addressed. The special strength of COST are fields in natural sciences like chemistry, nanosciences and interdisciplinary research.
COST is the broadest network of research and development all over Europe and has 36 member states (including the 27 EU members) and also makes cooperation with research institutions from some third countries possible.
COST provides an infrastructure for European scientists, which enables them to exchange their expertise and cooperation. The member states participate with national projects. Austria participates in COST via national funding within contract research, funding via research funds, private financial resources by enterprises and/or other funding sources.