COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology – see, the longest running European framework, is a unique platform where European researchers can jointly develop their ideas and initiatives across all scientific disciplines through the trans-European networking of nationally funded research. It is funded by the European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 Programme whereby the European Commission (EC) has entered into a Framework Partnership Agreement with the COST Association which itself operates under direct instruction from the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) – see “explanation of terms used in this document”.

COST activities are largely arranged as COST Actions. The rules and principles governing all COST activities are established in a series of documents approved by the CSO. These documents can be found on the COST website at administrative provisions detailed in this document: COST Vademecum direct the implementation of COST Actions and are aligned to the aforementioned rules and principles.

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