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Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are aimed at supporting individual mobility and at strengthening the existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another participating COST Country or an approved NNC institution or an approved IPC institution. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, while at the same time allowing applicants to learn new techniques or gain access to specific instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions.
From 5 to 60 days.
Grant Period
This Call covers the grant period May - October 2022. Approved STSM should be completed during this period.
STSM – Eligibility
STSMs are especially intended for a postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow or a staff member in an institution, organization or legal entity which participates in this Action and has within its remit a clear association with performing research. Early Scientific Researchers, that is, researchers whose career spun less than 8 years between the date of the PhD/doctorate (or similar experience) and the date of involvement in this Action will be prioritized.
A STSM may only be approved from a:
Home Institution in a COST participating country to a Host Institution in another COST participating country or to a formally approved Host Institution in a non-COST country;
Formally approved Home Institution in a Near Neighbour Country to a Host Institution in a COST participating country.
Financial Support
The aim of this grant is to support the costs associated with the exchange visit. This grant will not necessarily cover all expenses and is intended only as a contribution to the travel and subsistence costs of the participant.  This bursary scheme offers up to a maximum 3,500 euros of funding to travel to other centers to learn new skills, establish collaborations, develop research projects or to invite a specialist to your center to help with service or research developments. 
STSM Locations
STSM Locations include the folowing with more centers to be added…
Details on Dublin | Details on Galway | Details on Paris | Details on Munich | Details on Hannover
Online Application Procedure
1. Obtain the agreement of the host institution, before submitting application. Sample template letter for host institute found here.
2. Use the on-line registration tool to register your request for an STSM - here.
3. After registration, download the formal STSM application and complete it with supporting    documentation (CV, full work plan, list of publications, motivation letter, letter of support from the home institute etc.). Sample template letter for home institute found here.
4. Send the application by e-mail as attachment to:
     a) Future Host institution of the STSM
     b) Action Programme Manager: Lorraine Nolan-Daly
     c) Action Chair: Killian Hurley and Vice Chair: Deborah Snijder
5. Submit the Application
Please review the STSM User Guide here for more details.
Apply for your STSM on eCOST here.
The applications will then be assessed by the STSM Committee, which will perform the scientific and budgetary assessment of the applications against the perceived contribution that the proposed visit will make against the scientific objectives outlined in the Action's Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
After completion of the STSM
Successful applicants will need to submit a scientific report to the Host Institution and to the STSM Chair and Coordinator within 30 days from the end date of the STSM, and they will be responsible for acquiring from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution confirmation of formal acceptance of the scientific report. The scientific report will also require the approval of the Action Chair or STSM coordinator in order to effect the payment of the Grant. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a brief of the STSM outputs for the Action’s website describing in summary the scientific report which will also be made available online, and be prepared to participate in the Action’s events with a poster about their STSM when applicable or when requested by the Chair or STSM coordinator.
The report should include the following information:
  • Purpose of the STSM
  • Description of the work carried out during the STSM
  • Description of the main results obtained
  • Future collaboration with the host institution (if applicable)
  • Foreseen publications/articles resulting from the STSM (if applicable)