The network of German and European researchers from the fields of technology and science is growing ever closer - also thanks to funding from COST. This is the result of a new Prognos Analysis commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The results of the analysis commissioned by the BMBF show that with comparatively small financial support, COST generates many immediate and long-term effects and thus unfolds a large impact. For example, COST leads to an acquisition of knowledge, and young researchers often have access to international networks for the first time in their career and can build up long-term networks. In addition, a large number of publications and follow-up applications are produced so that the networks can continue to exist beyond the duration of COST or can even be consolidated.
The results of the COST analysis confirm the importance of European cooperation in research, especially with the EU13 countries. The COST analysis also provides decisive insights that will provide input into the future strategy development and cooperation of Europe in the field of research and innovation. This is particularly relevant in view of the German Council Presidency in the second half of 2020, but also for the new "Horizon Europe" Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
An important effect of COST is the cooperation and harmonisation of European research. The standardization of standards or diagnostic procedures, for example, makes research more efficient and effective. At the same time, the gap within the European Research Area is narrowing, thus strengthening Europe's competitiveness and innovation capacity. COST plays a preparatory role here in particular.
Autor: Dr. Jan-Philipp Kramer, Dr. Jan Biela, Holger Bornemann, Adriana Cruz, Anna Hornik, Dr. Friedemann Koll, Janosch Nellen, Alina Ulmer, Moritz Schrapers
Kunde: Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Bereich: Economy & Innovation