DSDnet Short Term Scientific Missions GP I - IV

What are Short Term Scientific Missions?

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are one of the networking tools of COST Actions and 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.

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;

Criteria for Funding

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 the Home institutions. The Host institution is the institution /organization that will host the successful applicant.

The Home and the Host Institution should be located in two different participating COST Countries. Applicants must obtain a written agreement from the Host Institution. The scientific scope of the STSM application must be in line with the Action objectives (see Memorandum of Understanding) The duration of the STSMs should be between minimum 5 working days and maximum 90 working days. The STSM needs to be carried out in their entirety within a single Grant Period and always within the Action’s lifetime. The COST Association and the Grant Holder or the Action are not considered as being an STSM Grantee’s employer. STSM Grantees must make their own arrangements for all provisions related to personal security, health, taxation, social security and pension matters.

The following exchanges are possible.

Home InstitutionHost Institution
From a Participating COST Country

To another Participating COST Country
To an approved NNC institution
To an approved IPC institution
To an approved EC/ EU Agency/an approved European RTD Organisation or an approved International Organisation

From an approved NNC institutionTo a Participating COST Country
From an approved European RTD OrganisationTo a Participating COST Country

Financial support

A STSM grant is a fixed financial which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the STSM application by the STSM Committee. The aim of this grant is to support the costs associated with the exchange visit. This grant will not necessarily cover all expenses; it is intended only as a contribution to the travel and subsistence costs of the participant.

The reimbursement rate per day is 160 € maximum (The MC can approve differentiated country rates for subsistence per day, based on the cost of living in each respective country) and up to 500 € may be attributed for the travel expenses. A maximum 2 500 € in total can be afforded to the grantee.