Brussels, 02 Dec 2005
1 December 2005 Delegations will find attached a document on Prioritisation and financial planning as approved by the CSO at its 163rd meeting on 23/24 November 2005.
1. The CSO, at its 162nd meeting, concluded that as a result of the increasing number of new Action proposals and in relation to the financial support available for COST activities from the Community RTD FP, some form of prioritisation is necessary, as part of the Committee's strategic role in laying down the main priorities of COST. 2. Therefore, in November 2005, the CSO was invited to assign to each domain the number of Actions which could be approved in 2006. The COST Office proposed a procedure for the allocation, based on a combination of the average number of running Actions in the past four years and a thematic priority allocation. These figures, calculated based on the available budget for 2006 and assuming an average amount of 70k p.a. per running Action are shown in the table in Annex. 3. The Technical Committees will have to introduce specific thematic prioritisation schemes (rankings) in the approval of new Actions in order to adhere to the maximum number of Actions assigned to their domain.
The CSO, at its meeting on 23/24 November 2005, agreed, within the financial envelope available, to:
a) Launch up to 40 Actions to start in 2006. b) Assign in an indicative way these 40 Actions to the various domains according to the table in