An overview of the entire COST structure and its intergovernmental nature
COST Ministerial Conferences
Every five years, COST Ministerial Conferences reaffirm their support for COST as a unique instrument for leveraging nationally-funded research activities. The latest COST Ministerial Conference took place on 15 June 2010 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
The COST Association
The COST Association was established in September 2013 by the COST Member Countries as an international not-for-profit association under Belgian law, thus ensuring the intergovernmental nature of COST and its European dimension. The COST Association consists of 36 Member Countries and one Cooperating State, Israel.
Committee of Senior Officials (CSO)
The Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) is the decision-making body within the COST Association. It is responsible for the strategic development of COST. It is composed of representatives from 36 COST Member Countries and the Cooperating State, Israel.
CSO Members are typically officials appointed by national ministries or agencies responsible for science, research or education.
Each COST Member State appoints up to two representatives to the CSO.
The CSO has full power to achieve the purpose of the COST Association. In particular, it decides on the overall COST strategy and policy. This includes the approval and evaluation of the newly proposed Actions following the Open Call.
Executive Board (EB, former "JAF")
COST National Coordinators (CNC)
Each COST Member Country and the Cooperating State nominate one COST National Coordinator. The role of the COST National Coordinator (CNC) is to: