Strong concerns about potential future budget cuts in the context of EFSI

Posted on 2. Juni 2015 By

Dear COST Action Chairs,

In context of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), drawing budget
from Horizon 2020, the COST Association is facing a potential 7% budget cut for
operating the COST Framework. Not only would this impact the future number of
COST Actions to be funded but most likely lower the funds of all ongoing COST
Actions.

Given COST great leverage and high impact on the European Research and
Innovation capacities, the Committee of Senior Officials has therefore made a
statement pleading for a conservation of COST budget. This statement, published
yesterday, has been shared with the European Commission (COST_Association_statement).

Moreover, we have decided to launch an online petition on the COST website where
Actions’ participants and COST stakeholders and friends can show their support.

If you believe that the COST should have stable and sufficient budgets to allow
European researchers, engineers and scholars to connect and collaborate, please
sign our online petition “*Engaging for COST”*.

You will find the related News release here
http://www.cost.eu/media/newsroom/governing-board-alarmed-diminishing-budget-EFSI.

Please help us to keep the COST budget by distributing this mail to all your
Actions’ participants (management committee, working groups, etc.)

Thank you for the attention given to this message. We will keep you posted on
the developments.

Best regards,

Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña

President of the COST Association

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