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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.
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.
CERN may participate in COST Actions, but has no right to vote in the Management Committee or Working Groups.
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).
Despite not being eligible to vote, a CERN representative is eligible for Chairmanship of the Management Committee.
A CERN representative could be entitled to reimbursement (budget-permitting) if he/she is officially invited to a Management Committee (MC) meeting as an expert, with the prior agreement of the MC chair and relevant COST National Coordinator.
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
The COST guidelines outline the information needed.
If you are interested in proposing or participating in an EU project, please feel free to contact the EU Projects office.