The Action Management Committee (Action MC)

The Action Management Committee (Action MC) is the group of representatives of the COST Full or Cooperating Members having accepted the MoU. They are in charge of the coordination, implementation, and management of an Action’s activities as well as supervising the appropriate allocation and use of the COST funding with a view to achieving the Action’s scientific and technological objectives.

The Working Group (WG) and members

The Working Group (WG) is a group of Action Participants whose activity, composition and leadership shall be defined by the Action MC in order to achieve the Action objectives.

The objectives of Working Groups (WG) are to perform the tasks required for a COST Action to fulfil its scientific objectives in line with those objectives defined in the COST Action’s MoU. It is expected that every Action MC Member actively participates in at least one WG.

The WG Leader is responsible for:

    • Coordinating and managing activities and tasks associated with achieving the COST Action scientific and networking objectives specific to the Working Group in question, taking into account the COST Policy and Rules;
    • Providing input for the preparation of the Progress Reports and Final Achievement Report and presenting the progress of the Working Group to the Action MC, and the COST Association, if deemed necessary;
    • Ensuring the appropriate dissemination of results and outputs generated by the Working Group in order to maximise the impact of the COST Action.

The Core Group (CG)

The Core Group typically consists of key leadership position holders and any other leadership positions within the COST Action deemed necessary by the Action MC. The Core Group can take decisions on matters for which it has been mandated by the MC. The Core Group should assist the Action Chair in determining, on behalf of the Action MC, from amongst eligible participants those who are entitled to be reimbursed. Whenever issues arise, which can directly impact the Work and Budget Plan and are not in the mandate of the Core Group, or for any other key decision regarding the COST Action’s management, the Core Group must first consult with the Action MC and by no means must decide exclusively.