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)
ActionDate of 1st MCMTitleNo. of COST Countries participating
CA1810110/04/2019SOURDOugh biotechnology network towards novel, healthier and sustainable food and bIoproCesseS28
CA1810222/03/2019The European Aquatic Animal Tracking Network26
CA1810308/04/2019Innovation with Glycans: new frontiers from synthesis to new biological targets24
CA1810414/03/2019Revealing the Milky Way with Gaia17
CA1810504/03/2019Risk-based meat inspection and integrated meat safety assurance25
CA1810605/04/2019The neural architecture of consciousness23
CA1810726/02/2019Climate change and bats: from science to conservation17
CA1810814/03/2019Quantum gravity phenomenology in the multi-messenger approach11
CA18109TBCAccelerating Global science In Tsunami HAzard and Risk analysis13
CA1811009/04/2019Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorisation16
CA1811125/04/2019Genome editing in plants – a technology with transformative potential24
CA1811227/02/2019Mechanochemistry for Sustainable Industry25
CA1811317/04/2019Understanding and exploiting the impacts of low pH on micro-organisms22
CA1811428/02/2019European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network16
CA1811502/04/2019Transnational Collaboration on Bullying, Migration and Integration at School Level25
CA1811611/04/2019Aniridia: networking to address an unmet medical, scientific, and societal challenge15
CA18117TBCEuropean network for Gynaecological Rare Cancer research: From Concept to Cure7
CA1811812/04/2019Implementation Research Network in Stroke Care Quality – IRENE8
CA1811920/03/2019Who Cares in Europe?16
CA1812004/04/2019Reliable roadmap for certification of bonded primary  structures18
CA1812108/04/2019Cultures Of Victimology: understanding processes of victimization across Europe15
CA1812314/03/2019The European Family Support Network. A bottom-up, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach27
CA1812405/04/2019European Sexual Medicine Network20
CA1812525/04/2019Advanced Engineering and Research of aeroGels for Environment and Life Sciences23
CA1812615/03/2019Writing Urban Places. New Narratives of the European City22
CA1812713/05/2019International Nucleome Consortium17
CA1812804/03/2019Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age25
CA1812905/03/2019Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750)21
CA1813013/03/2019European Network for Chemical Elemental Analysis by Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence19
CA1813122/02/2019Statistical and machine learning techniques in human microbiome studies21
CA1813214/03/2019Functional Glyconanomaterials for the Development of Diagnostics and Targeted Therapeutic Probes22
CA1813311/03/2019European Research Network on Signal Transduction25
CA1813408/03/2019Genomic BIodiversity Knowledge for Resilient Ecosystems29
CA1813524/04/2019Fire in the Earth System: Science & Society21
CA1813601/04/2019European Forum for Advanced Practices11
CA1813703/04/2019European Middle Class Mass Housing18
CA1813815/04/2019Research Innovation and Sustainable Pan-European Network in Peripartum Depression Disorder10
CA1813923/04/2019GEnomics of MusculoSkeletal traits TranslatiOnal Network18
CA1814009/04/2019People 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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