Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

Step 1: Check the rules and requirements for receiving a STSM Grant

Step 2: Apply for a STSM Grant

Step 3: Notification of acceptance

Step 4: Submission STSM Final Scientific Report

Step 5: Approval of STSM Final Scientific Report

Step 6: Payment of the STSM Grant to the Grantee

Short-Term-Scientific-Mission (STSM)

Introduction to STSM, Application Procedure, and Important Contacts

Purpose of a STSM
STSM are aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing Researchers participating in a given COST Action to visit an institution / Organisation in another Participating COST Country / an approved NNC institution or an approved IPC institution. 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.

All young scientists participating in the COST Action are encouraged to apply for a Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) for going to an institution or laboratory in another participating COST-Country to foster collaboration, to learn new techniques or to learn using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory.

According to COST rules STSM should last at a minimum one week (5 working days) and at a maximum three months.

In order to complete the application, applicants are required to send by email the following documents to the Action MC Chair or the STSM coordinator

  1. A letter of invitation from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host institution
  2. STSM application form (attached to this email as a pdf document)
  3. A motivation letter including a work plan detailing the proposed activities
  4. A support letter / email from the Home Institution
  5. A full C.V. (including a list of academic publications – if applicable)

Please note that you can start your mission after:

  1. The MC Chair or STSM coordinator assessed your request,
  2. The MC Chair or STSM coordinator informed the Grant Holder that the proposed STSM has been approved,
  3. The Grant Holder sent you a formal Grant Notification letter.

After completing your mission, you are required to provide the following documents to the Action MC Chair or the STSM coordinator:

  1. A scientific report
  2. An official letter / email from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution formally accepting the scientific report

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact one of the persons below:

Administrative Officer: Nathalie Warenghien (

Applications have to be made through the online registration tool at the official COST webpage. Above mentioned information can be sent to cost action administration via using the contact form.

Open Calls and deadlines

Granted STSMs