Bringing the Ocean to Society
13 Jul 2017
Are you a young researcher who requires funding for a short-term exchange visit?
Learn more about the Procedure for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

STSM (Exchange Visits) are aimed at strengthening the COST network by allowing scientists to go to a foreign institution or laboratory to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to clooect data with instruments and methods not available in their own facilities.

They are particularly intended for Young Scientists and approximately 5 STSM are envisaged for the current budget year (June 2017-May 2018).

Applicant Eligibility

STSM applicants must be:

  • engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow, or
  • employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.


STSM must respect the following criteria:

  • They must have a minimum duration of 5 calendar days.
  • They must have a maximum duration of 90 calendar days.

Specific additional provisions have also been made possible to encourage the participation of Early Career Investigators in STSM.

To qualify for these specific provisions, the following conditions apply:

  • The mission must have a minimum duration of 91 calendar days.
  • The mission must have a maximum duration of 180 calendar days.

Do not waste this opportunity!

To know more about STSM and how to apply, click here.