Grants are available for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). The purpose of STSMs is to facilitate Researchers from COST Countries participating in COST Action 16118 to go to an institution, organisation or research centre in another participating COST Country to foster collaboration and to perform empirical research. Participation of “Early Career Investigators” (ECI) in an STSM is particularly encouraged. An applicant can be considered as being an ECI when the time that has elapsed between the award date of the applicants PhD and the date of the applicants first involvement in the COST Action 16118 does not exceed 8 years. PhD students are also eligible to partake in STSMs.
STSMs can have a duration of between 5 days and 90 days (and up to 180 days if the applicant is an ECI – see definition of ECI above).
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 and must be respected: A maximum of EUR 2,500 in total can be afforded to each successful STSM applicant; a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses; for ECIs, a maximum amount of EUR 3,500 can be afforded to the Grantee for STSMs with a duration of between 91 and 180 days – For ECIs partaking STSMs with a duration of between 5 and 90 days, the limit of EUR 2,500 must be respected; STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the dates specified in the call. Financial support is limited to cover travel, accommodation and meal expenses and is paid in the form of a Grant.
For further details and informationon how to apply please see the guidance notes here.