COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology, is an EU-funded networking activity which allows the networking of research on a European level. It facilitates research between scientific communities in different countries and also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe through the setting up of COST actions.
COST fosters the establishment of scientific networks across all areas of research: from humanities to basic sciences.
It is suitable not only for academics but also for representatives from SMEs, NGOs and public entities. COST actions are thus ‘bottom-up’ approaches to research and will fund networking meetings (usually twice per year), short-term scientific missions, training schools and publications. It involves minimal administration and leads to excellent contacts as well as involvement in the preparation for future grant proposals e.g. as in Horizon Europe.
The new actions can be found online.
In these new COST actions, from the 40 listed, 7 have Maltese partners already on board, and 6 of them are from the University of Malta.
This year, 45% of the main proposers are women.
Natural sciences lead the way as the most represented field of science (represented in 45% of the Actions), followed by engineering and technology (40%), medical and health sciences (25%), social sciences (23%), agricultural sciences (18%) and humanities (8%).
COST in Malta is managed by the Malta Council for Science and Technology.