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COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology – is the European intergovernmental framework for the coordination of national or regional funded research.
COST plays an important role in the development of the European research area. COST's mission is to strengthen Europe in scientific and technological research through the support of European cooperation and interaction between European researchers.
COST offers financing for the coordination of pan-European research networks (COST actions). The actual research is financed via other (national or regional) channels.
The main features of COST are:
COST is financed with specific budget lines from the EU Framework Programmes. At present, COST supports some 300 ongoing actions and reaches out to more than 30,000 researchers across Europe.
The collection deadline of the COST Open Call 2020 (OC-2020-1) has been extended to Friday 13 November 12:00 CET (noon). This decision has been taken in acknowledgement of the many challenges faced by prospective applicants throughout the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Open Call marks the last occasion under Horizon 2020 for prospective... read more
The Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) has approved the funding for 4 COST Innovators Grants (CIG). The COST Innovators Grant aims at enhancing the pace and success of breakthrough innovations, to build bridges between the scientific research performed in COST Actions and marketable applications and/or societal solutions and to explore i... read more
The COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) has approved 45 new COST Actions resulting from the Open Call OC-2019-1. An overview of the new COST Actions can be found on the following link: https://www.cost.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/oc-2019-1_Actions_Booklet-v1.pdf The full Action details will be available on 21 April on the COST websit... read more
In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) has taken the decision to postpone the next Open Call collection date (OC-2020-1) to 29 October 2020, 12:00 noon (CET). To read the full news article use this link: https://www.cost.eu/news/open-call-collection-date-postponed-until-october-202... read more
Avia-GIS is a Belgian innovative SME established in 2001. They have built research and public authority trust over the past 19 years and developed a unique, disruptive software suite - VECMAP® - that will support society to overcome one of its important health threats, the spreading of Pests of Public Health importance.
With the help of a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument-phase 2 project, they will be able to add Integrated Pest Management (IPM) functionalities and bring VECMAP®IPM to the market. Within 5 years Avia-GIS will enable 2000 SME pest controllers and 2340 local authorities to shift to IPM strategies. With the grant they will raise revenue from 2 M€ to 14.2 M€ in 2024, and increase the headcount from 15 to 58.
The Horizon 2020 grant was an essential component of their second investment round. To date Avia-GIS already raised 1 M€ in additional private equity and they are now are seeking to complement this with an equal amount as a subordinate loan.read more
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