What is COST?

COST is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. It is a unique means for researchers to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities, through pan-European networking of nationally funded research activities. Based on a European intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology, COST has been contributing - since its creation in 1971 - to closing the gap between science, policymakers and society throughout Europe and beyond. As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research, COST plays a very important role in building a European Research Area (ERA).

Please click to see the COST introductory video. 

Turkey stands as one of the founding members of the Association which has currently 38 member countries.  

Cost member countries:

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greek Administration of Southern Cyprus, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, The Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

COST anticipates and complements the activities of the EU Framework Programmes, constituting a “bridge” towards the scientific communities of COST Inclusiveness Target Countries. It also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe and fosters the establishment of scientific excellence through including a renewed evaluation and selection procedure aiming at identifying breakthrough ideas and favoring interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects.

COST is a short-cut for Turkish researchers to reach European research groups in a high variety of scientific fields. The platform can be considered as the step between the national level and Framework Programs.   
Please click for the COST Official web-site.

COST Activity Fields:

  • 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 Studies

Please click to see all running COST Actions.

Please click to see the nomination criterions for COST Actions.

Please click to see COST 2017 Annual Report.

COST Statistics:

In 2017; 

There have been an estimated 300 ongoing COST Actions.

More than 45.000 researchers among Europe were supported within COST platforms. 

An estimated 120,000 EURO budget has been spared for each COST Action by the European Commission. 

2,550 Short-Term Scientific Missions were organized in all COST Actions.

About 4,000 early career researchers supported in training schools. 


Turkish Researchers' COST participation in years:

Year Total Number of COST Acitons Number of Actions Participated by Turkish Scintists Turkey's Participation Ration (%)
2007 222 62 28
2008 238 68 29
2009 255 78 31
2010 270 95 35
2011 257 92 36
2012 301 147 49
2013 349 217 62
2014 370 237 64
2015 347 249 72
2016 326 217 67


By the means of all sorts of COST Activities (Management Committee Meetings, Working Group Meetings, Workshops, Short-term Scientific Missions, Training Schools) an estimated 3,416,050 € has been transfered for the participation of Turkish researchers to COST Acitons between 2012-2016. In addition, between these years, from different age groups, disciplines and career levels; and from academy and private sector a total of 2,582 researchers represented Turkey in COST networks across Europe. Also, 200 scientific events have been organized in Turkey with the sole funding of COST Association. 


Year Budget Transferred to Turkey by COST Association (€)  Number of Turkish Researchers Participated in COST Activities Number of COST Activities Organized in Turkey
2012 381,734 303 24
2013 581,109 409 34
2014 809,959 557 57
2015 869,248 665 62
2016 774,000 648 23
Total  3,416,050 2,582 200

COST Vision

COST Mission

Who can join COST?

Working Fields


Turkish Members of COST

There are currently 431 Turkish Management Committee Members in 196 running COST Actions. In order to see the Turkish members of a COST Action; please click on "Management Committee" button on the official web-site of that Action. 

How can be a member of COST

COST Roadmap Elements

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