International Cooperation



COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level.

For 40 years COST has supported networking of research activities across all its Member countries (36 today) and beyond. COST is open to all disciplines, to all novel and ground-breaking S&T ideas, to all categories of partners, to the world where mutual benefit is real. It increases the mobility of researchers across Europe and fosters the establishment of scientific excellence in the nine key domains plus one trans-domain:

  • Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Forests, their Products and Services
  • Materials, Physics and Nanosciences
  • Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies
  • Earth System Science and Environmental Management
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Transport and Urban Development
  • Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health
  • Trans-Domain Proposals

COST Mission Statement

COST enables breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contributes to strengthen Europe’s research and innovation capacities.

COST key features are:

  • Building capacity by connecting high-quality scientific communities throughout Europe and worldwide;
  • Providing networking opportunities for early career investigators;
  • Increasing the impact of research on policy makers, regulatory bodies and national decision makers as well as the private sector.

Through its inclusiveness COST supports integration of research communities, leverages national research investments and addresses issues of global relevance.

COST is a building block of the European Research Area, instrumental for successful innovation strategies and global cooperation.

COST does not fund research itself, but provides support for networking activities carried out within COST Actions

COST Actions are bottom-up science and technology networks open to researchers and stakeholders, with a four-year duration and a minimum participation of five COST Countries. COST Actions are active through a range of networking tools, such as meetings, workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs) and dissemination activities. COST Actions are open to researchers from universities, public and private research institutions, as well as to NGOs, industry and SMEs. To learn more about participating in COST Actions, please visit the Participate page.

Detailed information:

Poland started participating in COST Actions in 1991. Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW is active in this kind of projects since 2002. Actually our research teams from different university faculties participate in more than 30 COST Actions (in 2009 – 10 Actions). The most active faculties are: Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture,  Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Faculty of Wood Technology.

In November 2012, the Office of International Research Projects organized an open meeting for university staff, where experience in the implementation of COST Actions was shared by prof. Piotr Paschalis - Jakubowicz.

List of the COST Actions.