STSM: Short Term Scientific Mission


STSMs are exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST Member state. The award usually includes travel and accommodation / subsistence. However, the financial support is a contribution to the costs of an STSM and may not necessarily cover all the costs.


The aim is to foster collaboration in excellent research infrastructures and share new techniques that may not be available in a participant’s home institution or laboratory, support individual mobility and strengthen existing networks.


The STSM applicant 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, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. STSM are intended especially for young researchers and researchers from ITC countries. The selection of STSM applicants is based on the scientific scope of the STSM application that must be in line with the Cost Action CA19130 objectives.


STSMs may last up to six months, subject to a per mission budget, in another COST Member/Cooperating Member or Near-Neighbour Country joining the Action.


STSM applications for Cost Action CA19130 are received through the e-COST platform in response to twice-a-year specific calls. The grantee should upload the scientific report within 30 days from the end of the mission.

Call for Applications:

 We have 2 calls for application each year, for both STSMs and ITC Conference Grants:

1st deadline March, 30th

2nd deadline October, 30th

Applications may be submitted via the e-cost platform.

 Applicants will be notified in respect to the final evaluation results in maximum 30 days after the deadline.