COST only provides funding for networking activities and the organisation of exchange activities. The actual research is funded through other national or regional channels.
In principle, COST reimburses the travel and living expenses of participants in COST actions in the following cases:
- participation of (maximum two) representatives in meetings of the management committee;
- participants in meetings of working groups of an action.
In addition, certain preparatory activities of new COST actions, publications, organisation of workshops or conferences, short stays with a foreign research partner within COST activities, etc. can be funded by COST.