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European COST Action Information Session

Date : Thu 25 Apr

Time : 12:00 - 13:00


We are delighted to invite the SETU research community to an online information session on European COST Actions on the 25 April 2024 from 12:00 to 13:00 for 1 hour via Teams.

David Flood, Enterprise Ireland & COST National Coordinator, will outline this very popular & easily accessible European programme for academic staff and later stage PhD students.

This session will provide a broad overview of the European COST Actions initiative and how to get involved and the various levels of participation. COST Actions act as a pre-portal to other funding instruments. There are over 100 live actions at present and how to view and identify those of interest will be covered in the session. Dr David Culliton, engCORE, will speak about how joining a COST Action has benefitted his research, followed by a Q&A session.

Please register via the link above before 24 April at 3pm to take part. A link to the online session will be sent to those registered in advance.

What are COST Actions?
A COST Action is a network dedicated to scientific collaboration, complementing national research funds. COST Actions are open to researchers and innovators, collaborating in a field of science and technology of common interest to at least seven COST Members/Cooperating Members, based on a joint work programme lasting four years.  A COST Action is organised by a range of networking tools, such as meetings, conferences, workshops, short-term scientific missions, training schools, publications and dissemination activities. Funding covers the cost of COST Action networking tools. COST Actions tend to be for 4 years and are topic specific. For more information visit

Why join a COST Action?
COST Actions have huge benefits including improving the quality of the networking of the participating partners, promotion of interdisciplinary partnerships, and stimulation of international publications and follow-up projects paving the way to or establishing synergies with EU-funded research projects, such as Horizon Europe. Being a member of a COST Action is positively viewed in applications.

COST Actions aim to assist local/national researchers and their projects integrate with fellow researchers across 41 COST member states and support the development of future research proposals. COST Actions reimburse the travel costs of these researchers to participate & attend such gatherings. Individuals can lead or support new Action proposals, can join on-going Action working groups, and may apply for membership of an Action Management Committee (MC). Each MC includes a maximum of two individuals per country and applications are made through the COST National Coordinator. If there is no or only one Irish MC member and you are a full-time academic staff member engaged in the area, an application to sit on the committee is likely to be accepted.

SETU are currently Chair of one COST Action and MC delegates on nine other COST Actions.