The COST Association is up and running

Established in September 2013, the COST Association has incorporated the governing bodies and the administrative functions of COST into a single structure.

An international non-profit association under Belgian law, the COST Association now includes all 35 COST Member Countries and Israel, a cooperating state.

By managing the contract signed with the European Commission after taking over the COST branch of activity from the European Science Foundation, the Association is meant to ensure stability and continuity in fulfilling the mission of COST: enabling breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products. 

As a result, COST will continue its key role in supporting inclusive science and technology networking and cooperation at European level, thereby fostering scientific and technological excellence in the Horizon 2020 context.

For more information on the mission of COST, its strategy and organisation, see About COST.

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Last updated: 20 October 2014 top of page

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