STSM grants

SHORT TERM SCIENTIFIC MISSION (STSM)

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are institutional visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, fostering collaboration between individuals.

STSM applicants shall be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The institutions / organisation or legal entity where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home Institutions. The Host Institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant.

STSM shall respect the following criteria:

  • They shall 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 shall 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.


Eligible STSM applicants must submit their STSM applications online at the following web address:
https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm

For more information on the STSM grants please see the COST Vademecum (pdf).