COST is the longest-running European framework established by the European Research Council in 1971.
It funds trans-national cooperation between researchers and tries to build a "bridge" towards the scientific communities of COST Inclusiveness Target Countries defined as those countries which are less research-intensive.
Additionally COST aims to include early career investigators and to maintain a gender balance.
The ultimate goal it to increase the mobility of researchers across Europe and fosters the establishment of scientific excellence, complementing the activities of the EU Framework Programmes.
More information can be found under: http://www.cost.eu/