European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research FP7 - COST Closed!


The goal of COST is to ensure that Europe holds a strong position in the field of scientific and technical research for peaceful purposes, by increasing European cooperation and interaction in this field.

COST has clearly shown its strength in non-competitive research, in pre-normative cooperation and in solving environmental and cross-border problems and problems of public utility. It has been successfully used to maximise European synergy and added value in research cooperation and it is a useful tool to further European integration.
Ease of access for institutions from non-member countries also makes COST a very interesting and successful tool for tackling topics of a truly global nature.

It is one of the longest-running European instruments supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe. COST is also the first and widest European intergovernmental network for coordination of nationally funded research activities. Its mission is to strengthen Europe in scientific and technical research through the support of European cooperation and interaction between European Researchers. It also aims to maximise European Synergy and added value in non-competitive and pre-normative research. COST has 34 member countries and enables scientists to collaborate in a wide spectrum of activities grouped under nine key scientific Domains.


COST is organised in nine broad Domains.

  • Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences.
  • Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies.
  • Earth System Science and Environmental Management.
  • Food and Agriculture.
  • Forests, their Products and Services.
  • Individuals, Society, Culture and Health.
  • Information and Communication Technologies.
  • Materials, Physical and Nanosciences.
  • Transport and Urban Development.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 0,10 Million EUR (Annual budget for 2008)

All the important deadlines

  • 26 September 2008 - 12 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 16 January 2009 - 12 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Useful documents

  • European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
  • Third countries

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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