activities supported by NSF, which are much more costly and involve many more people. It sounds as if the COST program2 of the European Community is what has just been described. The COST program has as its entire purpose the communication and integration aspects, and the funds go only for that. It is assumed that all of the research involved in these programs is paid for from other sources. So, the concept is quite a bit different from the STCs.

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COST is European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research: Technical Committee for Chemistry.



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