Networking Tools

Researchers participating in COST Actions can embark upon a wide range of networking opportunities e.g. the Training activities which provide mentoring and career development opportunities for young investigators to develop the next generation of leaders in science.

Training Activities include:

Short-term Scientific Missions

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are aimed at supporting individual mobility and at strengthening the existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing scientists to visit an institution in another participating COST Country or an approved NNC institution or an approved IPC institution. A STSM should specifically contribute to the objectives of the COST Targeted Network.

The aim of STSMs is to contribute to the policy and objectives of CHAOS

The Applicant should normally be employed at an institution of a COST participating country having accepted the MoU of CHAOS and with a record of active participation in the Action.

All applications are considered on open merit basis.

Early Stage Researcher Grants

Early Stage Researchers are those who have completed their MD or PhD degree less than 8 years ago. Two grant mechanisms are possible for Early Stage Researchers:

Early Stage Research Conference Grants:  These grants pay for conference and travel fees when a presentation has been accepted (see below).

ICT conference grant:  Conference grants help PhD students and early-career investigators from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries attend international science and technology related conferences that are not specifically organised by a COST Action.

Training Schools

COST Actions can share knowledge and support collaboration also through Training Schools. Training Schools can be organised by a COST Action on related research topics and can provide dissemination opportunities for an Action’s activities. Training Schools provide intensive training in emerging research topics within the laboratories and organisations involved in the COST Action. Participants are mainly, but not exclusively, young researchers involved in COST Actions. Training Schools also cover appropriate re-training as part of life-long learning.


Further Networking tools are:

  • Meetings, Workshops and Conferences
  • Dissemination Activities and Publications