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Opportunity profile: Cost collaborations pay off

How Cost Action networks function and how they can boost careers

Top tips

  • You must work in an EU member state to lead a Cost Action but not to participate in one.
  • Cost Actions serve as useful ways for early career researchers to get involved in EU project bids.
  • As an individual you can join a Cost Action at any time, but it is easiest to do so in its early days.
  • Success rates for Cost Action applications are likely to improve in Horizon Europe.

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology, known as Cost, is a European Union funding organisation that creates research networks across Europe, called Cost Actions. During Horizon 2020, the EU’s R&D funding programme for 2014-20, 669 Action networks were active and more than 60 networks were created each year.

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