COST International Partner Countries
COST is open to global cooperation and allows researchers from International Partner Countries to participate in COST Actions on the basis of ascertained mutual benefit.
COST developed a strategy to encourage participation of International Partner Countries in COST’s science and technology networks, the COST Actions.
International Partner Countries already participating in COST Actions include: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Uruguay.
Researchers affiliated to institutions in International Partner Countries can participate in COST Actions on the basis of ascertained mutual benefit (see participation rules). Their participation has to be approved by the Executive Board on a case-by-case basis.
Once their participation is approved, researchers from International Partner Countries can participate in a COST Action. They can participate in Management Committee meetings as Observers, with no voting rights. Researchers affiliated to institutions from International Partner Countries whose participation in a COST Action has been approved are not eligible for reimbursement.
Additionally, when more than two institutions from the same International Partner Country participate in a COST Action, they are requested to coordinate their participation, as International Partner Countries’ institutions can be represented by a total maximum of two members in the Management Committee of a COST Action.