COST Actions can provide grants for scientific missions (exchange visits) aimed at strengthening the existing network by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST Country or COST Near Neighbour Country or in COST International Partner Country confirmed for our COST Action (see the COST CA19110 List of Parties at the official COST website and the eligibility rules Vademecum Section 8.1) to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. STSMs are particularly, but not exclusively, intended for young scientists (Early Carrier Investigators – ECIs, PhD students, and up to 8 years after PhD). Missions can last from 5 days up to 3 months; an exceptional extension of up to 6 months is possible. The reimbursement rate per day is up to 160 €. In addition, up to 500 € may be attributed for the travel expenses. Thus, a maximum of 3,500 € IN TOTAL can be afforded to the grantee. In special cases, the researchers from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC, details see in Vademecum, page 7), participating in the COST Action could request a pre-payment of 50% of their STSM Grant when the first day of their STSM is completed. For more details, see section 8.4 of the COST Action Vademecum – Short Term Scientific Missions.
Before submitting an application for the STMS, the applicant must obtain a written agreement from the host institution. After that, the applicant must register online at the COST website using the COST STSM Application Form (for procedures see at Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) User guide). A clear link to the Action objectives must be pointed out in the application form; otherwise, the application will be refused. The Applicant will download the pdf file, which will be generated automatically after completing the form, and will send his/her application supported by CV, Letter of Intent, and Acceptance letter from the host institution (the applicant is responsible for obtaining the agreement of the host institution before submitting his application) by e-mail to the STSM Coordinator, with a copy to the host. No STSM missions should commence before the STSM coordinator’s approval and receiving Grant Letter from e-COST by the STSM applicant. When planning the STSM, pay attention that the COST Office requests a period of at least 4 weeks for administrative procedures between Assessment committee approval and STSM start. Also, the STSM should end at least 3 weeks before the end of the Grant Period.
Summary (what is needed)
- STSM project description including the part about applicant’s intent and relation to topics and deliverables given in Memorandum of Understanding;
- Recommendation letter from the Home Institution;
- Scientific CV with publications;
- Letter of acceptance from Host institution with contact details of the person in charge of receiving the STSM Applicant.
The documents will be uploaded into the e-COST online system for further processing.
Assessment and Grant Letter:
- The STSM Coordinator will perform the scientific and budgetary assessment of the applications considering the Action objectives and define an acceptable funding level;
- Once approved by the STSM Coordinator, the Grant Holder will finalize the approval process STSM in e-COST;
- STSM applicant will receive a Grant Letter generated from e-COST.
After the STSM
After completion of the STSM, the applicant must submit a Scientific report within 30 days after the end date of the STSM to the Host Institution (for information) and upload it into the e-COST system for MC Chair and STSM Coordinator for approval. The report template is available here. Besides the points in the official template sheet, add short Abstract (150-200 words) summarizing the purpose, content, and results of the STSM that will be published on the Action’s website, a full scientific report of 4-6 pages, and foreseen publications/articles resulting from the STSM. The information that work was supported by the COST Action CA19110 must be included in the paper Acknowledgement. Additionally, the Host approval letter signed by the Host Institution’s supervisor must be uploaded into the e-COST system, too.
The failure to submit the scientific report within 30 days will effectively cancel the grant. The STSM Coordinator is responsible for approving the scientific report and informing the Grant Holder that the STSM has been successfully accomplished. After receipt of the approval by email, the Grant Holder will execute the payment of the grant.