COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST is an intergovernmental framework funding networking activities such as meetings, conferences, workshops, short-term scientific exchanges and dissemination activities. It does not fund the research itself.

Who can receive support from COST?

Only COST countries* are eligible for COST funding.

Non-COST countries and European RTD organisations (i.e. CERN) are “not eligible for reimbursement, unless there are special provisions decided by the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO)”

* COST countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

How can CERN participate in COST?

CERN may participate in COST Actions and can nominate representatives to participate as MC Observers, but has no right to vote in the Management Committee (MC).

Normally only a COST country institute can propose a COST action, however CERN could propose a new Action if it is associated with a proposing group which includes the minimum number of COST Countries (which is 5 but the average number of parties for successful physics-related actions is 15-20).

A CERN staff member could be entitled to reimbursement (budget-permitting) if he/she is officially invited to a Management Committee (MC) meeting or as an expert in one of the workshops organised by the Action, with the prior agreement of the MC chair and relevant COST National Coordinator.

When CERN participants take part in COST meetings, they are reimbursed directly according to the reimbursement procedure described in the COST Vademecum, page 20. 

How to propose a COST Action?

To make a proposal, first read the useful reading (below) and then contact the relevant COST National Coordinator.

Proposals are assessed in two stages. First a preliminary proposal is submitted containing a brief overview and an impact description, are checked for eligibility first and, when eligible, assessed by the relevant Domain Committee against the published criteria. The top ranked Preliminary Proposals are then invited to submit a full proposal

Useful reading

The COST networking tools outline the information needed.

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