The aim of a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) shall be to contribute to the scientific objectives of a COST Action. These Missions (Exchange Visits) are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST Country to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. They are particularly intended for young scientists.
An Action should normally set up at least 4 STSMs per year.
•The selection of the applicant is the responsibility of the Management Committee (MC) of the Action.
•The Applicant should normally be engaged in a programme of research as a post graduate student or postdoctoral fellow or be employed in an institution of a COST Member State having accepted the MoU of the Action. This institution should be actively participating in the COST Action.
•For the period of the STSM neither the MC of the Action, the COST Office nor the Grant Holder may be considered as the employer and grantees must make their own arrangements for all health, social, personal security and pension matters.
•The Applicant is responsible for obtaining the agreement of the host institution, before submitting his application.
•The duration of the Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) should be minimum one week (5 working days), maximum 3 months.
•The financial support is a contribution to the costs of a STSM and may not necessarily cover all the costs in each case. The grant should normally cover only travel and subsistence. The financial contribution for a STSM will be a fixed grant based on the Applicant's budget request and the evaluation of the application by the STSM assessment committee. An amount of € 60 to 90 for the daily allowance in particular for longer stays and €300 for the travel is recommended but not obligatory. The total of a STSM shall normally not exceed €2.500 up to 3 months (or €3.500 for Early Stage Researchers – above 3 months). Any exception needs special justification and prior approval from the COST Office.
COST ACTION IS0806 Short Term Scientific Missions
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Call for STSMs
How to apply