Call closed!


 The 5th call for STSM applications is closed. The STSMs will contribute to the scientific objectives of one or more WECANet Working Groups (WGs). Missions will occur between 15/11/2020 and 15/03/2021. Deadline for applications to be submitted: 08/11/2020.

Background STSMs

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are aimed at supporting individual mobility and at strengthening the existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another Participating COST Country, or in approved COST Near Neighbour Countries (NNC) Institutions or in approved International Partners Countries (IPC) institutions. 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. STSM applicants 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 or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The institutions / organisations where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home institutions. The Host institution is the institution / organisation that will host the applicant. 

Financial support

STSM must respect the following criteria:

  • They must have a minimum duration of 5 calendar days that includes travel

  • STSM need to be carried out in their entirety within a single Grant Period and always within the Action’s lifetime


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. STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking a given mission.

A STSM Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee.
The calculation of the financial contribution for each STSM must respect the following criteria:

  • Up to a maximum of EUR 3 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant

  • Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.

Realistic budget planning is one of the major criteria for the application ranking.

Gender, geography, ESR balance and qualifications of the applicant will be taken into consideration when evaluating the proposals.

Applications should be in line with the action objectives and scientific activities as stated in COST Action CA17105 Memorandum of Understanding.

After the STSM: Immediately after the completion of STSM (within 30 days after the end date of the STSM), the grantee is required to upload a scientific report to the eCOST platform (applicant is notified) and the host approval containing:

  • Purpose of the STSM

  • Description of the work carried out during the STSM

  • Description of the main results obtained

  • Future collaboration with host institution (if applicable)

  • Foreseen publications/articles resulting or to result from the STSM (if applicable)

  • Confirmation by the host institution of the successful execution of the STSM

How to apply for Missions (no current call)

In order to apply for the STSM the applicant should prepare an application as follows:

  • Obtain the written agreement from the host institution that the STSM applicant can perform the activities detailed in the STSM work plan on the agreed dates

  • Obtain a letter of support from the home institution

  • Prepare: two page project proposal, describing the foreseen activities, following the classical scheme: Objectives, State of the Art, Project Work-plan, Deliverables

  • Full CV, including list of applicant publications 

  • Complete the online application form (see and upload all the requested documents

The ranking criteria are:

  • Scientific quality and originality/novelty

  • Feasibility of the approach and realistic planning of the application

  • Benefit of the STSM (added-value for the applicant, host and home institutions, and COST Action WECANet)

Application, approval and payment procedures are managed through the e-COST platform, and are explained in detail in the COST Vademecum. Detailed information on participants’ eligibility, evaluation and selection, financial support, and grant payment procedures can be found in Section 8 of the COST Vademecum.

Templates and more information can be downloaded below.

Questions to be addressed to the STSM Coordinator Prof. Liliana Rusu (liliana.rusu@

Finished and upcoming STSMs

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of the European Union.

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