Please see at the bottom of the page for calls for applications and deadlines.
STSMs are exchange visits that enable Action participants to visit an institution in another COST country for research/collaboration purposes. These STSMs are particularly intended for young researchers (e.g., Ph.D. students and persons that fall within the category of early stage researchers), but other persons are also eligible to apply. Each Action has budget for a limited number of STSMs and these are approved by the MC through a competitive evaluation process.  Please click here for a detailed view of the COST Vademecum (Part B), Chapter 4: Short-Term Scientific Missions.
Here is some (selected) specific information on STSMs:
STSMs can have a duration from one week (5 working days) to three months.
Financial support covers travel and subsistence and is based on a fixed grant based on the applicant's request and can be up to €2500.
Applicants should register online via the site The application requires several information such as planned dates and length of stay, title of the STSM, short CV and description of the proposed work plan.
The Applicant should normally be engaged in a research programme as a post graduate student or as a postdoctoral fellow. He/she may also be an employee in an institution of a COST country participating in IntelliCIS.
The completed application form should be sent via email – as an attachment - to the future Host of the STSM and to the Chair of the Management Committee.
The STSM has to be approved by the MC of the Action through evaluation.
After the STSM, the grantee should submit a scientific report to the Host and to the Action Chair. A small powerpoint presentation or a poster regarding the research activities during the STSM should also be submitted.
In the IntelliCIS Action, applicants are encouraged to apply for STSMs across domains (e.g., from WG2 to an institution working in WG4). Early stage researchers and female Action participants are strongly encouraged to apply for these STSMs. If you are interested to apply for these STSMs, please follow the directions provided in the links above and submit your applications. There will be a number of calls for STSMs around the year. Calls and deadlines appear below.
First call:
Deadline for applications: 21 August 2009 (for STSMs during 15 October-1 February 2009).
Second call:
Deadline for applications: 26 October 2009 (for STSMs during 15 November-1 May 2009).
Third call:
Deadline for applications: 15 February 2010 (for STSMs during 1 March-20 June 2010).
Fourth call:
Deadline for applications: 15 July 2010 (for STSMs during 15 August 2010 - 30 June 2011).
Fifth call:
Deadline for applications: 9 February 2011 (for STSMs during 1 March - 20 Jun 2011).
Sixth call:
Deadline for applications: 5 August 2011 (for STSMs during 1 September 2011-15 June 2012)
Seventh call:
Deadline for applications: 15 February 2012 (for STSMs during 1 March -15 June 2012)
Eighth call:
Deadline for applications: 15 August 2012 (for STSMs during 1 September 2012- 5 May 2013)
Nihth call:
Deadline for applications: 7 November 2012 (for STSMs during 25 November 2012- 5 May 2013)
The maximum amount that each applicant may request for his/her STSM is 2000 Euro for stays less than two months and 2500 EUR for stays over two months. It is expected that 10-15 STSMs will be approved. Applicants that request a low budget or applicants that will have their STSM reimbursed partly by the host or the sending organization will be viewed favorably (please state this in your application forms). STSMs longer than 3 weeks will also be viewed favorably.

  Last Update: April 18, 2013