Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

What is a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM)?

  • The aim is to promote exchange (mobility) within an Action’s scientific objectives
  • A STSM allows a scientist (especially early stage researchers - ESRs) to go to a lab in another Party (country!) of the COST Action to learn new techniques or make measurements using instruments and /or methodologies not available in his/her own lab.
  • Period: min. 5 working days and max. 3 months. For ESRs up to 6 months
  • max. contribution for a mission of 3 months is 2500 Euros or up to 6 months and 3500 Euros for ESRs

Who can apply?

  • Undergraduate students, PhD-students, early stage researchers
  • Researchers with their lab in on of the current member states of this COST Action
  • Researchers with a proposal related to the topic of this COST Action

If you want to place an application, please visit the eCOST system at


and follow the instructions. Send all additional requested documents to Alain Goossens and Heribert Warzecha (also questions could be sent here)



For your application you need to provide the following:

  • Name and complete address, including the lab you are currently working
  • Short CV
  • Address of host institution and contact name as well as a letter of invitation (please note that all countries involved need to be member of this COST Action!)
  • Brief project description (max 1 page). Please indicate what impact this STSM will have for your project. How does the topic fit into the goals of the COST Action?
  • Scheduled time for STSM and approx. costs.


EUCOST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme

EUESF provides the COST Office through a European Commission contract

EUThe Council of the European Union provides the COST Secretariat