Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions / organisations. STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an Institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. Each Action has budget for a limited number of STSMs and these are approved by the MC through a competitive evaluation process. Please click here for a detailed view of the COST Vademecum Section 7: Short-Term Scientific Missions.
Here is some (selected) specific information on STSMs:
- STSMs can have a duration from one week (5 working days) to three months.
- Financial support covers travel and subsistence and is based on a fixed grant based on the applicant's request and can be up to €2500.
- Applicants should register online via the site https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm. The application requires detailed information such as planned dates and length of stay, title of the STSM, short CV and description of the proposed work plan and how it contributes to the scientific objectives of the work programme and the WG/WGs involved.
- The Applicant should normally be engaged in a research programme as a post graduate student or as a postdoctoral fellow.
- He/she may also be an employee in an institution of a COST country participating in MemoCIS. Early stage researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.
- The completed application form, along with a written agreement of the host institution, should also be uploaded on e-cost.
- The STSM has to be approved by the MC of the Action through evaluation. The evaluation criteria are found here.
After the STSM, the grantee should submit a scientific report to the host institution (for information) and the STSM Coordinating Committee.
- The grant is paid after the STSM is completed. Failure to submit the scientific report within 30 days will effectively cancel the grant.
- The maximum amount that each applicant may request for his/her STSM is 2000 Euro for stays less than two months and 2500 EUR for stays over two months.
- Applicants are encouraged to apply for STSMs across domains (e.g., from WG2 to an institution working in WG4).
- Early stage researchers and female Action participants are strongly encouraged to apply for these STSMs.
Details on the next (Seventh) STSM call will be provided here when the call is open.