COST Actions after Brexit

How UK research organisations and researchers will continue to benefit from participation in European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) after Brexit.

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The UK will associate to Horizon Europe. This means that the UK will retain full membership of COST.

In the meantime, UK participants should continue to follow COST’s rules and reimbursements processes as normal. The next step is for both sides to formally adopt the full text of the agreement taking into account the finalised EU Programme Regulations.

For current information, read:
Agreements reached between the UK and EU
COST Actions

You can also read about the transition period.

Government guarantee

The UK government has committed to provide funding for all successful eligible UK bids to Horizon 2020 that are submitted before the end of 2020.

This applies to eligible UK participation in COST Actions until the end of 2020.

Find out more about the government guarantee.

Expenses funding

For UK participation in COST Action activities, the guarantee will cover reimbursement of travel expenses for:

  • meetings
  • training schools
  • short-term scientific missions

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will administer expenses claims for UK participation in COST.

What you need to do to prepare

Guidance on how UK participants will be reimbursed for COST participation after Brexit will be provided shortly.

To support claims relating to your participation in COST Actions you should keep:

  • invitations to activities
  • proof of attendance at activities
  • receipts for expenses

Do not register COST Action participations on the UK Research and Innovation portal for Horizon 2020.


Updates to this page

Published 24 October 2019

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