Short-Term Scientific Missions, minimum one week (5 working days), maximum 3 months.
For Early Stage Researchers (less than PhD + 8 years) the Management Committee may approve an extension to a duration beyond 3 months, but normally not more than 6 months in total.
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 up to EUR 160 for the daily allowance in particular for longer stays and up to EUR 500 for the travel is recommended but not obligatory. The total of a STSM shall normally not exceed EUR 2 500 up to 3 months (or EUR 3 500 for Early Stage Researchers – above 3 months).
How to apply
The procedure concerning STSMs is governed by the COST Vademecum, in particular, Chapter 6. Below is a summary of the application rules, though the legally binding version is in the Vademecum.All applicants must read Chapter 6 of the Vademecum before preparing their request for an STSM.
The Applicant must use the on-line registration tool to register their request for an STSM. The following information has to be encoded with the registration:
1. the Action number (IC1001) ;
2. the title of the planned STSM;
3. the start and end date;
4. the applicant's details, including key academic details and workplan;
5. the applicant’s bank details;
6. the host institution’s ;
7. financial data (amount for travel and subsistence).
The on-line registration tool will issue a formal STSM application which has to be downloaded and sent by the applicant electronically (via e-mail as attachment) together with any necessary document which the Applicant may regard as helpful in supporting the application at the evaluation process (such as CV, full workplan, list of publications, motivation letter, letter of support from the home institute etc.) to the future Host institution of the STSM and to the STSM coordinator, Prof. Luís Rodrigues ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with subject "Euro-TM STSM Application *applicant's name*".
When to apply
Since April 2014, we have adopted an open-call model, according to which applications can be submitted at any time. However, STSM applicants are required to submit their application at least six weeks prior to the beginning of their mission.