About Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

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Purpose of an STSM

STSM facilitates Researchers from COST Countries participating in COST Action BM1402 to go to an institution or research centre in another participating COST Country to foster collaboration and to perform empirical research. Participation of Early Career Investigators (ECIs) in STSM is particularly encouraged. An ECI is an individual who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (full-time equivalent). PhD students are also eligible to partake in STSMs.

Specific information concerning STSMs

STSM can have a duration of between 5 days (excluding travel) and 90 days (and between 91 and 180 days if the applicant is an ECI).
The financial support on offer is a contribution to the overall expenses incurred during the STSM and may not necessarily cover all of the associated outgoings.

The following funding conditions apply:
• Up to a maximum of €2500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant
• Up to a maximum of €160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses

For ECIs with missions with a duration of between 91 and 180 days:
• Up to a maximum of €3500 can be afforded to each successful applicant
• Up to a maximum of €160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses

Financial support is limited to cover travel and subsistence expenses and is paid as a grant. The amounts granted for each individual STSM will be determined during the evaluation process by the nominally appointed persons. The selection of applicants is based on the scientific scope of the STSM application which must clearly compliment the overall objectives of the Action.