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COST Action 19130 - Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance - Towards a transparent financial industry

The financial sector is the largest user of digital technologies and a major driver in the digital transformation of the economy. Financial technology (FinTech) aims to both compete with and support the established financial industry in the delivery of financial services. Globally, more than $100 billion of investments have been made into FinTech companies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) since 2010, and continue growing substantially. In early 2018, the European Commission unveiled (a) their action plan for a more competitive and innovative financial market, and (b) an initiative on AI with the aim to harness the opportunities presented by technology-enabled innovations. Europe should become a global hub for FinTech, with the economy being able to benefit from the European Single Market.

The Action will investigate AI and Fintech from three different angles: Transparency in FinTech, Transparent versus Black Box Decision-Support Models in the Financial Industry and Transparency into Investment Product Performance for Clients. The Action will bridge the gap between academia, industry, the public and governmental organisations by working in an interdisciplinary way across Europe and focusing on innovation.

The key objectives are:

  • to improve transparency of AI supported processes in the Fintech space
  • to address the disparity between the proliferation in AI models within the financial industry for risk assessment and decision-making, and the limited insight the public has in its consequences by developing policy papers and methods to increase transparency
  • to develop methods to scrutinize the quality of products, especially rule-based “smart beta” ones, across the asset management, banking and insurance industries.

Our COST Action FinAI

COST FinAI Leadership positions

COST FinAI Working Groups

COST FinAI Working Group Leaders

COST FinAI Working Group members

COST FinAI Working group members (official list)

COST FinAI Working group members (Up to date spreadsheet with contact details)

COST FinAI Working group 2 members

COST FinAI Working group 3 members

COST FinAI Working Group details

COST FinAI Action Grants

The COST FinAI awards grants for a variety of activities: Overview of all COST FinAI Grants


ITC conference grant

  • Short-term scientific missions STSM and Inclusiveness Target Country conference grants are two of the main tools which support the COST Action goals.

To apply for an STSM grant or ITC grant, please register here: Official e-COST tool

Virtual Networking Grants

Collaboration with industry, governments and international organisations

Management Committee Meetings

Working Group Meetings

  • See our meet-up [1]

Conferences and Workshops



Diversity is one of the main aspects to be considered in this Action. The three main considerations are gender balance, participation of Inclusiveness Target Countries and Early Career Investigators.

Science Communication

For any content to be added to our website and Newsletter/Blog, please compile the following Form

How to?


Prof. Dr. Joerg Osterrieder, Action Chair, email

Prof. Dr. Valerio Poti, Action Vice Chair, email

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Karl Härdle, Leader Working Group 1, email

Prof. Dr. Petre Lameski, Leader Working Group 2, email

Prof. Dr. Peter Schwendner, Leader Working Group 3, email

Dr. Branka Hadji Misheva, Grant Holder, email

Dr. Alessia Paccagnini, Science Communication Manager, email

Prof. Dr. Ania Zalewska, Academia-Government Coordinator, email

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vasile Alecsandru Strat, Virtual Network Strategy Manager, email

Assist. Prof. Dr. Apostolos Chalkis, Virtual Network Strategy Manager Substitute, email

COST FinAI Core Group

COST FinAI member profiles

COST FinAI country profiles

COST FinAI Scientific Advisory Board

Management Committee

COST FinAI participants

Grant Periods




  • For events: This event is based upon work from COST Action 19130 Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology),
  • For publications: This publication is based upon work from COST Action 19130 Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology),
  • For articles: This article is based upon work from COST Action 19130 Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology),

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2023 COST Application

2023 COST Application

COST FinAI GP 4 Links