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COST - the acronym for European COoperation in Science and Technology - is the oldest and widest European intergovernmental network for cooperation in research. Established by the Ministerial Conference in November 1971, COST is presently used by the scientific communities of 35 European countries to cooperate in common research projects supported by national funds. The funds provided by COST - less than 1% of the total value of the projects - support the COST cooperation networks (COST Actions) through which, with only around EUR 20 million per year, more than 30.000 European scientists are involved in research having a total value which exceeds EUR 2 billion per year. This is the financial worth of the European added value which COST achieves. A "bottom up approach" (the initiative of launching a COST Action comes from the European scientists themselves), "à la carte participation" (only countries interested in the Action participate), "equality of access" (participation is open also to the scientific communities of countries not belonging to the European Union) and "flexible structure" (easy implementation and light management of the research initiatives) are the main characteristics of COST.

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Authors: HOLMBERG K, COST Office, Brussels (BE);HOGMARK S, COST Office, Brussels (BE);PODGOTNIK B, COST Office, Brussels (BE);IGARTUA A, COST Office, Brussels (BE);TÖNDER K, COST Office, Brussels (BE);VIZINTIN J, COST Office, Brussels (BE);SZCZEREK M, COST Office, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23308 EN (2008), 247 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Catalogue Number QS-NA-23308-EN-C The PDF version can be downloaded from:
ISBN: ISBN 978-92-898-0040-2
Record Number: 200910394 / Last updated on: 2009-10-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en