Inquiry on COST efficiency and mechanisms : Towards a systematic evaluation
This study is both a general survey of the views and perceptions of the research teams participating in COST projects and an independent assessment of the efficiency of the overall COST mechanism. It was found that COST is viewed as a major tool for scientific co-operation in Europe, meeting real needs and acting as an important vehicle for developing new partnerships. The COST framework was chosen primarily to exchange information and ideas at an early stage of the R&D process. The actions were generally functioning smoothly and it was considered to be a comparatively quick route for developing collaborative research, unhindered by excessive bureaucracy. 90% of participants expressed satisfaction with the quality of the research teams with whom they were collaborating and with the results produced. 70% intended to apply for other COST projects. The report also noted the impact of delays in funding decisions on the timing of projects. Many researchers considered that the mechanism would be enhanced by funding the cost of co-ordination throughout the lifetime of the project. This would bring it into line with Community concerted action projects.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13992 EN (1991) 80 pp., FS, ECU 8.75
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-3271-7
Record Number: 199210181 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en