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Opening of the STSM call

VBSCan is open for receiving STSM applications from July 1st 2017.


Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaborations by facilitating researchers and scholars participating in VBSCan to visit an institution / organisation in another Participating COST Country / an approved NNC institution or an approved IPC institution. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions / organisations.

Who can apply

STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as PhD Students, postdocs, be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution participating in the program. A necessary condition is that the Host and Home Institutes of the participant are located in two different countries.

How to apply

Visit https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm/apply/new


The minimal duration of STSMs is 5 days and maximum 90 days, which can be extended to 180 days for Early Career Investigators (ECI), that is, researchers with up to 8 years of experience after obtaining their PhD (students are not considered ECIs). Each STSM must be carried out entirely in a single Grant Period, that is from 1st of May till 30th of April.


The STSM grant can contribute to the costs of travel, accommodation and meal expenses up to: 2 x 20E /day for meals, 120E/night. The following criteria must be respected: the total cost of the awarded STSM must not exceed Eur 2500 (Eur 3500 for ECIs), while the daily rate for accommodation and meal expenses must not exceed Eur 160.