How to apply for a STSM

The purpose of the STSMs is to support working visits to laboratories and institutions of COST Action FP1303 member countries.

Normally, 10 STSM are available for funding in the current round covering the period 1st January 2015 to 30th November 2015. Everyone is encouraged to apply, but especially PhD students and Early Stage Researchers. However, due to a change in grant periods in the Horizon 2020 COST Programme, the current financial period has been extended to 30 April, 2016.

The maximum amount of funding per STSM is €2400. Please consider taking advantage of the opportunity.

STSMs can be from any Group/University/Institute from a country that has joined the Action to another Group/University/Institute in another member country in the Action.


Important dates

Deadline for submission of Applications:
No less than 4 weeks before planned start of the STSM

Deadline for completion of the STSM (NOTE REVISED DATE):
April 15th, 2016.

Note there will be a short reporting deadline implemented up to the end of the financial period.

 Application Procedure

Applications must be made online using the official COST registration tool which can be found at www.cost.eu/stsm.

The information required for the application includes: dates of STSM, length of stay, title of planned scientific activity, short description of the work-plan, short CV and a budget request (to cover travel and living expenses during the STSM). In addition to the information required by the COST Office, applicants should also provide the following information to the Action Chair (Dennis Jones: dennis.jones@sp.se) and to the STSMs Manager (Carmen-Mihaela Popescu: mihapop@icmpp.ro), preferably in pdf format:

  • a short abstract of the scope of the STSMs (1/2 page)
  • a plan of the work to be carried out (1 page, approx.)
  • a covering letter stating the benefits to be obtained from the STSM
  • full CV
  • letter of agreement from the host institution
  • Evaluation Criteria

The applications will be assessed by the Action's Core Group and will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • scientific quality
  • relevance to the Action
  • benefit to the applicant

STSMs for periods of one to two weeks would be preferable and may be given priority. The final decision on the approval of the STMs applications should be expected within 2-4 weeks of submission.

NOTE: STSM grants will only be paid on receiving and approving a report AFTER the STSM has been completed.

For any additional information please contact Dennis Jones at dennis.jones@sp.se or Carmen-Mihaela Popescu at mihapop@icmpp.ro. Additional information on STSMs can also be obtained from your country's Management Committee members.

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Box 857, SE-501 15 Borås Phone +46 10-516 50 00, E-mail info@sp.se