COST- COopération européenne dans le domaine de la recherche Scientifique et Technique

NEWS: The participation of researchers in Switzerland in the programme COST is not affected by the referendum against mass immigration. No restrictions should be applied in the planning of future COST Actions (e.g. Open Calls of the year 2015) in Switzerland or including Switzerland-based scientists.

COST is a platform for trans-European collaboration and co-ordination of nationally-funded research activities. Swiss researchers can either join an existing COST-Action or launch a new Action in response to an open call.  

In Switzerland, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI, is responsible for the financial, scientific and administrative co-ordination of COST.
COST actions fund networking and co-ordination activities. In addition the SERI makes funds available for the partial financing of research projects linked to COST actions. (How to submit a request for COST research funding COST).


2015, April: 10 COST Actions Open for Participation

10 new COST Actions are now open for participation of Switzerland-based researchers.

Further Information about these Actions.


2015, January: 25 new COST-Actions with Swiss Participation
On January 16th, 2015 the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI decided the participation of Switzerland in 25 new COST Actions.

Further Information


2014, July: 28 new Actions for Swiss-based researchers

On July 7th, 2014, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI confirmed the participation of Switzerland in 28 new COST Actions. Switzerland-based researchers interested in any of these research topics, should contact, for the scientific questions the Swiss contact of the Action concerned, and for the administrative questions the SERI.

Further Information
about these Actions and their contacts in Switzerland.


2014, May: New COST-Actions

At 190th Meeting of the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), which took place in Brussels on the 13th & 14th May 2014, 40 new COST Actions were approved. These are also open to researchers in Switzerland:

Detailed Summary [PDF/3.0 MB]


Overview of  COST Actions

Here you can find an overview of all current COST Actions (see Approved Actions and COST countries action participation overview). These are open to all COST members countries. If Switzerland is not involved in a particular COST action and you would like to participate, please contact the COST office at the SERI.

 "COST stimulates new, innovative, interdisciplinary and broad research networks in Europe. Proposals playing a precursor role for other European programmes and/or initiated by early-stage researchers are especially welcome."