European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

Coopération européenne dans le domaine de la recherche scientifique et technique

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1971 Brussels Belgium


Established by the Ministerial Conferences, comprising Ministerial representatives of the then 19 participating states, as an intergovernmental European framework for international cooperation between nationally funded research activities. Currently used by the scientific communities of 36 European countries. Previously came within the remit of E-XE3068 - Council of the European Union and of E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC). There was no statute establishing COST as it worked with flexible, pragmatic operating rules agreed by COST member states. As of 1 Oct 2014, legal entity implementing all activities under Horizon 2020, based on the Framework Partnership Agreement with the European Commission is COST Association, set up Sep 2013 as an international not-for-profit.


Strengthen Europe in scientific and technical research through support of European cooperation and interaction between European researchers; maximize European synergy and added value in non-competitive and pre-normative research; enable scientists to collaborate in a wide spectrum of activities in research and technology; providesnetworking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges.


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Ministerial Conference (every 5-6 years). COST Association integrates governance, management and implementation functions into a single structure. It comprises Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) - acts as General Assembly; Executive Board; Administration. COST National Coordinators (CNC); COST Scientific Committee.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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