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Without COST funding, me and other researchers would have to rely on ever-scarce local funding for networking, e.g. We need COST Actions as a stepping stone towards competitive EU project proposals for coordination!As the Chair of the COST Action FA1404 I can see how paramount are the activities led by COST.Training Schools and short-term scientific missions, for instance but not exclusively, are unique activities allowing rapidly young researchers to gain skills and knowledge from European partners and even from our competitors worldwide.Reducing the budget at a time of fierce competition and social needs for impact and life improvement would put Europe at risk to lose its competitiveness.International researchers met in Leiden, the Netherlands, to discuss the latest research on pollinators and stress the need to communicate their value more actively to citizens and policy advisors.Better science communication, backed by more research funding, could help ensure sustainable pollination worldwide.By creating open spaces where people and ideas can grow, we unlock the full potential of science.

We provide funds for organising conferences, meetings, training schools, short scientific exchanges or other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics.

They have led to a recent awarding of a Marie Curie European Joint Doctorate (REP-BIOTECH) to members of the Epiconcept and Gemini COST Actions.

The COST Action was my first successful truly international "grant" application.

COST creates and sustains a healthy collaborative research spirit across Europe.

COST Actions have been one of the most successful tools towards the development of a real European Research Area (ERA) allowing scientists' exchanges and the development of strong collaborations between researchers across Europe strengthening thus the European research network.

I would expect quite the opposite: to increase the budget and cover expenses that are not covered right now.

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