COST – COperation in Science and Technology
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through scientific and technological developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities. It allows researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and take new initiatives across all fields of science and technology, while promoting multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. COST aims at fostering a better integration of less research intensive countries to the knowledge hubs of the European Research Area. The COST Association, an International not-for-profit Association under Belgian Law, integrates all management, governing and administrative functions necessary for the operation of the framework. The COST Association has currently 36 Member Countries. www.cost.eu
Management Committee (MC)
Two representatives from each COST country being member of the Action form the Management Committee (MC). Out of the MC the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Action are elected. Furthermore, Chair and Vice-Chair of each Working Group, the Grant Holder, responsible for Short Term Missions, Dissemination manager, and Future Trend Group manager are elected out of the MC. The mentioned incumbents constitute the Steering Committee (SC). Furthermore, within the MC the annually budget plan is approved.
Currently we have 23 countries participating.
The respective up-todate MC and SC members can be found on the ES1307 COST.