EIT and COST together to boost European R&I

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Friday, April 22, 2022

On 24 February 2022, Dr Ronald de Bruin, the COST Association Director, and Martin Kern, EIT Director signed a new cooperation agreement to foster and strengthen collaborations within the EIT and COST communities.

In the spirit of building a new European Research Area, this partnership between the EIT and COST will enable research institutions, businesses, and citizen to further develop their innovations and explore new market opportunities.

The agreement, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding between the EIT and COST formalises the mutual commitments both organisations have to create new opportunities for researchers and innovators. Their endeavour marks a step forward to identify areas of collaborations based on common interest. The Memorandum of Understanding enters into force on the day, following its signature by both parties.

COST’s networks are effectively bridging the innovation divide and participation gaps in Europe and providing a large spectrum of opportunities for young generations of researchers and innovators. Interdisciplinary research often results in discoveries, innovations and breakthroughs that are crucial in the ambition to boost jobs, economic growth, investments, and improve the quality of life of Europe’s citizens and the environment.

As part of its strategic priorities COST has introduced additional activities such as the COST Innovators Grant, which aimed at exploring innovation potential, to further bridge scientific research performed in COST Actions and marketable applications and/or follow‐up funding.

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