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A short-term scientific mission is a visit from an ECI based in a home institution in a COST participating country to a host institution in another COST participating country or to a formally approved host institution in a non-COST country. The purpose of this visit could be to work on a jointly authored article, to carry out field work, to learn a new technique or research method not available in the home institution, to work on a joint research proposal or any other activity linked to the objectives of the Action. These will also serve to develop scientific collaborations and strengthening existing networks and to support individual mobility.
More information on the COST STSMs.

Eligibility
Applicants must be engaged in a research program in an institution from a COST country involved in the Action.

Both home and host institutions should be in a country participating in this COST Action.

To apply for an STSM you must have the consent of the institution where you plan to go.

Duration and Financial support.

Grants of up to a maximum of €2,500 are awarded to contribute cover the cost of travel and accommodation for missions of a minimum duration of 5 days and a maximum duration of 90 days.

Grants of up to a maximum of €3,500 are awarded to contribute cover the cost of travel and accommodation for missions of between 91 and 180 days.

How to apply for a STSM
Eligible STSM applicants must submit their STSM applications online at the web.

Procedure:
The applicant should complete a profile in e-cost through the online application form.

Applicants must make a clear case that their STSM is relevant to the topic of our Action. They should include the aim and motivation for the STSM and the proposed contribution to the scientific objectives of the action. They should specify the methodologies and workplan required to achieve the proposed aims. They should also specify the expected outcome and explain clearly not only how the STSM will enhance their own research but also why the host Institution is appropriate and what value will be added by the collaboration. Applicants must also ensure that they can provide evidence of the commitment of the host Institution to host the STSM and provide the name of the person in the host Institution who will supervise it.

After encoding the information, the on-line registration tool will issue a formal STSM application which has to be downloaded and sent by the applicant electronically (by e-mail as attachment) together with supporting information (CV, full workplan, list of publications, motivation letter, letter of support from the home institute) to STSM Manager and to the future host institution of the STSM.

After completion, recipients are required to submit a report following the STSM Report Template, which should contain the following information:

– Purpose of the STSM;
– Description of the work carried out during the STSM;
– Description of the main results obtained;
– Future collaboration with host institution (if applicable);
– Foreseen publications/articles resulting from the STSM (if applicable);
– Confirmation by the host institution of the successful execution of the STSM;
– Other comments (if any)

No payment will take place before the STSM report is submitted and accepted by the Management Committee of the Action.

The number of funded exchanges will be based on the budget and evaluation by the Chair and Working Group Leaders. Additional questions can be sent to the STSM manager.

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