88 %

of participating researchers indicating career advancement


running Actions


COST countries per Action

37 %

Success rate of spin-off proposals in H2020

6 M

Average value of spin-off projects, per Action

Number of instruments and participants

Budget spent per networking tool


budget expenditure

Country participation in running Actions

Profile of COST Action participants

All networking tools


Short-term scientific missions

Training schools

Countries hosting short-term scientific missions (STSMs) and conference grants

Financial overview

COST is financed as a Coordinated and Support Action (CSA) in the form of yearly renewed Specific Grant Agreements within a seven-year Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) under Horizon 2020.

The budget dedicated to COST comes from two Horizon 2020 Work Programmes, namely Work Programme Part 13 (Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies) and Part 15 (Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation). The total contribution of Horizon 2020 for the period between May 2018 and April 2019 amounted to € 45 389 000. COST is a global framework whose core activity is the networking of researchers and stakeholders from public and private institutions, NGOs, industry and SMEs. It carries out its activities on a multiannual basis, which means the networks funded by the COST Association – the COST Actions – run for four years and are implemented under decentralised management, namely the COST Grant System.

Expenses financial year May 2018-April 2019

(€ 45 389 000)

Contributions by COST Members


Total contribution by COST Members to the COST programme