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:

YearTotal Number of COST AcitonsNumber of Actions Participated by Turkish ScintistsTurkey's Participation Ration (%)
20072226228
20082386829
20092557831
20102709535
20112579236
201230114749
201334921762
201437023764
201534724972
201632621767
201725115862
201824717370
201924620382

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. 

YearBudget Transferred to Turkey by COST Association (€) Number of Turkish Researchers Participated in COST ActivitiesNumber of COST Activities Organized in Turkey
2012381.73430324
2013581.10940934
2014809.95955757
2015869.24866562
2016774.00064823
2017540.0004405
2018735.00053721
Toplam 4.691.0503.559226

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. 

Murat TILTAK

International Cooperation Specialist