COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is an intergovernmental framework for the coordination of nationally-funded research at a European level, based on a flexible institutional structure.
Established in 1971, COST has developed into one of the largest frameworks for research cooperation. The 36 COST countries are:
the 35 member states: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and
One cooperating state: Israel
COST research networks are called Actions. Cooperation takes the form of concerted activities, i.e. the co-ordination of nationally funded research activities, between research institutions from member countries or cooperating states. COST also welcomes Institutions from non-COST countries to join individual Actions where there is mutual benefit.
More information about the structure and the procedures of COST can be obtained at the COST Homepage.