Short Term Scientific Missions   


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Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) 

 Among the instruments of a COST Action are Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). According to the COST H2020 Vademecum, these are

 “aimed at supporting individual mobility and at strengthening the existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory ….. 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

An STSM grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the STSM application as determined by the Action Chair (or Vice Chair if the Action Chair is affiliated to the Grant Holder Institution) and / or the STSM Coordinator / Committee. STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to performing a given mission. The Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee.

This year (June 2016 -  April 2017) the Action will support 6 STSM (a maximum EUR 1320 in total can be afforded to the grantee)  with a minimum duration of 5 working days up to a maximum of 90 working days in accordance to the MC approval for the agreed budget of the Action. In some circumstances a longer STSM (an ESR STSM) might be agreed, according to specific COST regulations. 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 calculation of the contribution for a STSM is based on the following rules:  

- up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.;
- A maximum EUR 1320 in total can be afforded to the grantee in this Action.  

 The calculation of the contribution for an ESR STSM (a duration of more than 91 days) is based on the same rules as above. 

Participants must pay all costs up front and are reimbursed after the visit.



How to apply


You are responsible for obtaining the agreement of the host institution, before submitting your application. You must use the on-line registration tool to register your request for an STSM. Weblink to on-line registration- click here: STSM

 The following information has to be provided with the registration:      

  1. 1. the Action number;
    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; 
    7. financial data (amount for travel and subsistence). 

More information can be found here - How to apply

Application deadlines  

  1. 1. The new deadline for applications for an STSM visit in year 4 is 18th July 2016. Applicants will hear the outcome of their decision in August and the visits that are supported must be completed by 1st of April 2017.



How to become a Host Institute

 Are you able to offer an exciting opportunity for a postgraduate, researcher or employee from another institution involved in the Appearance Matters COST Action to visit your institution as part of the Action’s Short Term Scientific Missions programme? If so download - information how to become a host institute and complete this form 



Contact person

  For any questions about STSM's, please contact:   

Diana Harcourt