Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

4th Call

  • Call is open: from 10th May 2022 until 10th June 2022
  • Final decisions: 20th June 2022
  • The start of STSM can be planned from 1th July 2022 onwards.
  • The STSM should be finished before 30th October 2022.

General information

STSM are exchange visits for researchers within their Action. This exchange programme facilitates individuals to spend time at an institution or laboratory based in a different country (than the country of affiliation), which is also part of the Action. STSM are great opportunities for researchers or innovators to share techniques and gain skills that may not be available at their home institution or laboratory.

  • Duration: up to 6 months
  • Maximum amount: up to EUR 4000,00 [amount decided by the Action MC or Core Group, based on the request of the applicant, should be justified by an appropriate length and the location of the STSM]
  • Scope: Providing a contribution for travelling, accommodation and subsistence expenses, implementation of the project, delivery of the report to the COST Action MC and overall effort

The STSM Grantee receives funding by COST for implementing a project with an international team and gains new knowledge or access to equipment or techniques not available in the home institution. The STSM Host receives an international partner in their institution and can develop long lasting collaboration.


In order to receive an STSM grant, the applicant must:

  1. Obtain the written agreement of both the host institution (letter of invitation) and the home institution (letter of support) before submitting an application. These can be official letters or emails.
  2. Complete the online application form. [You can find detailed information on the requested information in the Guidance Document].
  3. Send the completed file as an e-mail attachment together with the supporting documents (listed in Guidance Document) to the STSM host institution, the Grant Awarding Coordinator (Katarína Merganičová) and the MC Chair (Christopher Reyer).
  4. Besides the internal reporting for COST, successful applicants are expected to present their work during PROCLIAS meetings and write a short summary of the STSM for the PROCLIAS website.

Please refer to the Guidance document of PROCLIAS for STSM and the STSM section of the COST Annotated rules before you submit an application.