The nature of science has changed. It has become interconnected, collaborative, multidisciplinary and data-intensive.
The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) has been a building block of Europe's research for 45 years. It funds research networks across borders and spanning all scientific disciplines.
Because science is all about people, COST creates spaces where people are empowered and ideas can grow without limits. It connects people in high-quality networks that deliver value for money and opportunities to excel. This is a flexible and open approach focused on cooperation, which creates a unique dynamic. It creates a fertile ground for science to flourish.
Academia, industry, public and private sector laboratories work together in networks, sharing knowledge, leveraging diversity and pooling resources.
COST is now more relevant than ever. It is the perfect example of how governments can make a real difference, ensuring that cooperation optimises national investment in research and technology and unlocks the full potential of science.