Country(s): Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom,

Deadline: Ongoing


COST is a European cooperation measure in the field of scientific and technical research. It does not fund research itself but provides a platform for European scientists to cooperate on a particular project and exchange expertise. These projects are called “Actions”.

COST Actions are:

  • Pan-European: Spanning 36 Member States
  • Researcher-driven: In terms of proposed topics, objectives and work organisation; researchers choose their own topics; all decision are entrusted to the Action’s Management Committees
  • Open and inclusive: Open to all researchers, engineers and scholars, irrespective of gender, field or career stage. Actions can expand, as researchers from new countries can join in during the first three years
  • Multi- and interdisciplinary: Building, bridging and expanding multi- and interdisciplinary science and technology research communities
  • Future-oriented: Engaging the next generation of young researchers
  • Lightweight: They are a light platform to coordinate national research funding through easy networking tools and simple rules.
  • On the basis of mutual benefit, researchers, engineers and scholars from Near Neighbour Countries and International Partners Countries may join.

Each COST Action is a Network centred around nationally-funded research projects in fields that are of interest to at least five COST countries. COST provides the COST Actions with financial support for joint activities, such as conferences, short-term scientific exchanges and publications. Each COST Actions has an objective, defined goals and clear deliverables.

COST Actions have located their topic into one of COST’s scientific Domains.


COST financing is restricted to coordination expenses (meetings between teams, publication expenses, short travel assignments of young researchers, etc.); the cost of the research itself is borne by each country under national programmes.


The initiative of launching a COST Action comes from the European researchers themselves. Researchers who wish to launch a new Action submit a proposal to the continuous COST Open Call for Proposals. Projects presented at the initiative of researchers involve between five and 25 countries (15 on average).

If you wish to participate in a COST Action please complete the COST Action form and send it to Dr Helena Burg (FNR) with your CV. You will then be nominated to Management Committees (MC) of the COST Action. Once you are accepted by the action, you will have the full rights to participate in the Action meetings.


Luxembourg-based researchers from the public and private sector are invited to participate in these Actions. Participating in a COST Action is a particularly effective way for building up an international network.


On 13 November 2018, COST’s governing board, the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), have confirmed the funding of 40 new COST Actions, starting in Spring 2019. Two actions involved Luxembourg researchers from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and University of Luxembourg respectively.

35% of the 40 network proposals cover at least two OECD fields of science and technology, while 7% cover at least three fields.

Natural sciences lead the way as the most represented field of science (40% of the Actions), followed by medical and health sciences (28%), engineering and technology (28%), social sciences (23%), humanities (20%) and agricultural sciences (5%).

Upcoming COST meetings (all held in Brussels)
Action Date of 1st MCM Title No. of COST Countries participating
CA18101 10/04/2019 SOURDOugh biotechnology network towards novel, healthier and sustainable food and bIoproCesseS 28
CA18102 22/03/2019 The European Aquatic Animal Tracking Network 26
CA18103 08/04/2019 Innovation with Glycans: new frontiers from synthesis to new biological targets 24
CA18104 14/03/2019 Revealing the Milky Way with Gaia 17
CA18105 04/03/2019 Risk-based meat inspection and integrated meat safety assurance 25
CA18106 05/04/2019 The neural architecture of consciousness 23
CA18107 26/02/2019 Climate change and bats: from science to conservation 17
CA18108 14/03/2019 Quantum gravity phenomenology in the multi-messenger approach 11
CA18109 TBC Accelerating Global science In Tsunami HAzard and Risk analysis 13
CA18110 09/04/2019 Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorisation 16
CA18111 25/04/2019 Genome editing in plants – a technology with transformative potential 24
CA18112 27/02/2019 Mechanochemistry for Sustainable Industry 25
CA18113 17/04/2019 Understanding and exploiting the impacts of low pH on micro-organisms 22
CA18114 28/02/2019 European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network 16
CA18115 02/04/2019 Transnational Collaboration on Bullying, Migration and Integration at School Level 25
CA18116 11/04/2019 Aniridia: networking to address an unmet medical, scientific, and societal challenge 15
CA18117 TBC European network for Gynaecological Rare Cancer research: From Concept to Cure 7
CA18118 12/04/2019 Implementation Research Network in Stroke Care Quality – IRENE 8
CA18119 20/03/2019 Who Cares in Europe? 16
CA18120 04/04/2019 Reliable roadmap for certification of bonded primary  structures 18
CA18121 08/04/2019 Cultures Of Victimology: understanding processes of victimization across Europe 15
CA18123 14/03/2019 The European Family Support Network. A bottom-up, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach 27
CA18124 05/04/2019 European Sexual Medicine Network 20
CA18125 25/04/2019 Advanced Engineering and Research of aeroGels for Environment and Life Sciences 23
CA18126 15/03/2019 Writing Urban Places. New Narratives of the European City 22
CA18127 13/05/2019 International Nucleome Consortium 17
CA18128 04/03/2019 Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age 25
CA18129 05/03/2019 Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750) 21
CA18130 13/03/2019 European Network for Chemical Elemental Analysis by Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence 19
CA18131 22/02/2019 Statistical and machine learning techniques in human microbiome studies 21
CA18132 14/03/2019 Functional Glyconanomaterials for the Development of Diagnostics and Targeted Therapeutic Probes 22
CA18133 11/03/2019 European Research Network on Signal Transduction 25
CA18134 08/03/2019 Genomic BIodiversity Knowledge for Resilient Ecosystems 29
CA18135 24/04/2019 Fire in the Earth System: Science & Society 21
CA18136 01/04/2019 European Forum for Advanced Practices 11
CA18137 03/04/2019 European Middle Class Mass Housing 18
CA18138 15/04/2019 Research Innovation and Sustainable Pan-European Network in Peripartum Depression Disorder 10
CA18139 23/04/2019 GEnomics of MusculoSkeletal traits TranslatiOnal Network 18
CA18140 09/04/2019 People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean (1492-1923) 1


In April 2108, COST announced the launch of 39 new COST Actions, with one further Action pending. A detailed list of the new Actions is available from early May 2018 on a dedicated page on the COST website showing all current COST Actions.



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