Short-term scientific missions (STSM)

A new call for STSM is open from the 14th of April for missions to take place during the entire second grant period (until the end of September 2021). More information can be found in the call at this link.

What are STSM?

Short-term scientific missions (STSM) are exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST Member state participating to SyMAT. These scientific missions may last up to six months. Their 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.

The countries participating to SyMAT are listed here:|Name:parties

More information can be found in Section 8 of the COST Vademecum.

How to Apply?

Calls for Short Term Scientific Missions applications are periodically opened and published on this website. In response to a call, applications are first submitted on the e-COST website .

The following documents must also be e-mailed to the responsible for STSM, Prof. Enrica Martini (
– document generated by e-COST,
– a letter of invitation from a researcher affiliated to the Host institution,
– a motivation letter including a work plan detailing the proposed activities,
– a support letter from the Home Institution,
– a CV, including a list of academic publications if applicable.
Applications must be eligible (see COST Vademecum, Section 8.1) and in line with the Action research topics.

The applications will be ranked by the STSM responsible together with the WG leaders based on
– scientific quality
– feasibility of the approach proposed,
– benefit to the development of the COST Action
The selection will follow the COST policies on inclusiveness (gender, age, geography).

The final ranking will be approved by the Action Chair and Co-Chair.
The researchers who applied to the call will receive the results of the selection from the STSM responsible.
The selected researchers should wait for the official invitation from the Grant Holder before booking any travel arrangements.