United Kingdom

COST is an intergovernmental framework consisting of 41 Full Members, 1 Cooperating Member and 1 Partner Member. The 41 COST Full Member countries govern COST via their representatives in the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) – the General Assembly of the COST Association.

This allows researchers from these countries to embark upon networking opportunities by participating in science and technology networks called COST Actions.

Choose a country in the list below for an overview of the Country National Coordinators (CNC), Action participation and Action Chairs for each Member. A full list of all CSO delegates is available here.

COST Full Members

The 41 COST Full Members are: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary*, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, The Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.

COST Cooperating Member

Israel is a Cooperating Member. A Cooperating Member implies non-voting rights in the COST CSO. However, researchers from COST’s Cooperating Member enjoy member rights in COST Action participation.

COST Partner Member

South Africa is a Partner Member of COST. A Partner Member implies no rights to attend the COST CSO. However, researchers from COST’s Partner Members enjoy observer rights in COST Action participation.

CNC Members

Mr Herbee Thomas
Country representative for United Kingdom
More info
Mr Herbee Thomas
+44 (0) 207 215 8356

European Research Policy
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
1 Victoria Street
SW1H 0ET London
United Kingdom

Additional information


Under COST rules in Horizon Europe, researchers and innovators affiliated to institutions based in the United Kingdom are fully eligible to participate in COST Actions. This includes:

  • reimbursed participation in Action networking activities (meetings, conferences, Training Schools, Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs), and virtual mobility grants);
  • possibility to be a main or secondary proposer in the COST Open Call for new Actions;
  • eligibility to all leadership positions in ongoing Actions;
  • possibility to be the Grant Holder Institution for an Action;
  • reimbursed participation in activities organised by COST, such as COST Academy training’s.

As a COST Full Member, the United Kingdom’s eligibility is independent of affiliation to Horizon Europe.


Facts & figures of UK participation in 2023

STSMs & Training Schools in country
Budget received
Leadership positions within Actions

Individual participation in all Action activities

Participation by gender

    Participation by age