What are STSMs?
Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) allow scientists to learn from an institution or laboratory in another COST country – a concept of particular interest to young scientists. In this instance STSMs facilitate Researchers participating in COST Action CA18112 to go to an institution, organisation or research centre in another participating COST Country to foster collaboration and to perform research. Participation of “Early Career Investigators” (ECI) in STSM is particularly encouraged.
Our Short-Term Scientific Missions aim to
- Widening the knowledge of the Action activities
- Networking of the research groups working on similar topics
- Offering familiarisation with unique equipment or new methods in one of the laboratories of the Action
- Improving the knowledge of Early Career Investigators namely from the Inclusiveness Target Countries working in the field of mechanochemistry by offering them the possibility to visit advanced mechanochemical laboratories in more developed countries
The duration of a Short-Term Scientific Mission is normally in the range from one week (5 working days) up to 3 months. In exceptional circumstances, they may extend beyond 91 days, but a strong rationale will need to be provided for this.
Eligibility for STSMs
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, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.
The proposal should be submitted online through the COST webpage (STSM applications) and should not be more than 2000 words (min 1200 words), including references. The proposal has to indicate whether the STSM will generate a publication (already on going work needing some experiments to be completed) or if it is a new project. Mention of already ongoing grants is a must.
More details how to apply for the STSM and what is important for the STSM application to be successful can be found here.
The STSM user guide describing the whole process from the application stage until the payment of the grant to the successful applicant can be found here: https://www.cost.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/STSM-userguide-for-website-Oct-2018.pdf
The calls for STSMs are now open from July 15, 2020 until September 15, 2020 (collection date). The received applications will be then evaluated and STSMs will be awarded based on scientific merit and available budget. The specific goals for each STSMs and selection criteria may vary between the call. The STSM applications approved in the first grant period, but not realized due to COVID-19 pandemic, will have the priority in granting. As per the instructions already received by COST Association, no missions or meetings can be funded till September 1st and this date can change depending on the evolution of the sanitary circumstances and follow-up coming from COST Association.