STSMs Description

Short Term Scientific Missions

The aim of a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) is to contribute to the scientific objectives of a COST Action. 
These Missions (Exchange Visits) are aimed at strengthening the existing network by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory of any Action member in either another COST or a non-COST country member of the Action to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory.
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All PoCheMoN members and their students/colleagues involved in WG activities are invited to submit one or more STSM applications. The applicant could be PhD student, a PostDoc or staff member in an institution located in a COST Country of our Action which has been formally accepted to be part of our Action.
Priority will be given to applications from ECIs (Early Career Investigators) - formerly known as Early Stage Researchers - i.e. those within 8 years of receiving their PhD.
Applications can be submitted at any time, but deadlines will be applied for STSMs beginning within specific periods in order to manage this competitive process.
STSMs must be related to one of the Working Group Themes and the application procedure is below.

1- Complete an STSM application form on eCOST (you must register and create an account). Follow this link.
  • a brief CV
  • a motivation letter describing why this STSM will be beneficial to the Working Group and the Action
  • a workplan stating what is to be done and what is expected to be achieved
  • an acceptance letter from the host institution (this can be sent separately by the host)
When the application has been approved you will receive an offer letter from eCOST. Make sure you keep this as you will need to send a signed copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your report in order to receive funding after your visit.
Successful applicants will be invited to prepare a short cover story (with photos preferably) for the Action Web Site, after the completion of the STSM.
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