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COST is a networking program open to all scientific disciplines


European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is a program for networking. In Horizon Europe it is placed in the spreading excellence and widening participation pillar.

Please note that COST only funds networking. Please ask your research adviser for guidance on research funding if needed.

It will help you to find partners for scientific collaboration and widen your network.

Researchers from COST countries can go together to form thematic networks or transdisciplinary networks in all areas of research. At least 7 countries have to participate and at least 50% of these have to be inclusiveness target countries.

Networks are normally funded for 4 years and receive around 130.000 € per year. This supports network meetings, summer schools, dissemination or short term scientific missions (for example a PhD student visits the lab of another network member for 2 months to learn a new technique). It is now also possible for PhD students and Early Career Researchers from the Inclusiveness Target Countries to apply for gramts to cover the active participation in a scientific conference not organised by COST.

A call for new networks is normally launched twice a year, the next deadline is October 25th 2023 (see link to COST homepage on this site).

See information below for the necessary guidance documents. COST applications have to be anonymus.

It is also possible to join existing networks, if the spaces for Management Committee or substitute members for Norway is not yet filled. To join, please contact either one of the UiB research advisers or the adviser at the Research Council of Norway.

COST countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom.

Inclusiveness target countries Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island and Saint-Martin (France), Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain), Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey.