Third BESTPRAC Thematic group meeting

September 19-20, 2023  |  Ljubljana, Slovenia

The registrations are open for the next BESTPRAC Thematic group meeting!

BESTPRAC joins EARMA as a Thematic group

February 2022

Read more about the BESTPRAC/EARMA cooperation here.


Join the BESTPRAC network

If you would like to join our network, please register and join our online community on the EARMA platformWe also invite you to fill out this form if you wish to be included on our mailing list.


What is the benefit of BESTPRAC for research organisations?

Watch the video (YouTube Link) and see what our members have to say!


Research Support Staff (RSS) Framework

Within WG1, a RSS Framework was developed. Read more about it on the BESTPRAC wiki page.




Welcome to BESTPRAC!

BESTPRAC was started in 2014 as a COST Targeted Network that gathers administrative, financial and legal staff at universities and research-driven institutions who are carrying out different tasks to support transnational external competition based (in particular EU funded) research projects.

Even though the COST funding subsided in October 2019, BESTPRAC is still active and trying to find alternative ways of sustaining the fantastic network of research support staff that was created. Read more about the latest developments here.

The network serves as a platform for exchanging experiences, sharing and developing best practices, encouraging knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer and increasing efficiency in these fields. That is why active participation of its members is expected and valued greatly in the BESTPRAC community.

We invite you to explore, use and share the vast collection of BESTPRAC learning materials produced during the 6 years of COST funding. These are highly useful for anyone working on EU funded projects, especially people working on Horizon 2020 proposals / projects.

You can also read about our overall achievements throughout the website and in the DateidownloadBESTPRAC Report 2014-2019.

The BESTPRAC network has found a new home under the umbrella of the EARMA association. It is still open to all research support staff working at RPOs and you are free to join us by registering on EARMA's website and joining the BESTPRAC Thematic group platform. If you wish to be included on our mailing list, please fill out this form. (note: members are added to the mailing list once per month)


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Disclaimer: In respect of any information published on the COST BESTPRAC website no warranty or representation of any kind is made, given or implied as to the sufficiency or fitness for purpose nor as to the absence of any infringement of any proprietary rights of third parties. Therefore, the information user shall in all cases be entirely and solely liable for the use to which it puts such information, and neither any individual or institution represented thereby providing such information published on the BESTPRAC website nor the BESTPRAC Core Group members, COST BESTPRAC Management Committee nor the COST Association shall be liable in case of infringement of proprietary rights of a third party.


Watch our video!

What is COST?

COST - European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research - is one of the longest-running European instruments supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe. COST is also the first and widest European intergovernmental network for coordination of nationally funded research activities.

More information on COST can be found at the COST webpage.


Information on COST Targeted Network TN1302 The voice of research administrators - building a network of administrative excellence (BESTPRAC),  that ran from 2014-2019, as well as the the Memorandum of Understanding is also available at the official COST webpage.


Funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union.