• Giving possibility to Action Members (especially Early Career Investigators - ECIs) to visit other Action Members to fulfil the STSM objective
  • Estimated average duration of a single STSM: 8 days
  • Max. flat rate reimbursement per STSM per person: 960 EUR (8 x 120 EUR)
  • Recommended max. travel cost per participant: 380 EUR
  • Recommended max. total reimbursement per participant: 1340 EUR
  • Estimated number of STSMs: 25, i.e.:
    • 15 STSMs in the first STSM period (3 STSMs for each WG)
    • up to 10 STSMs in the second STSM period, subject to funds availability


1st STSM Period dates:

  • Call for STSMs (deadline: September 30, 2016; decision: October 10, 2016)
  • STSM period: October 16, 2016 – February, 11, 2017
    • Extra Call for STSMs (in case of underspent STSM funds): deadline: February 23, 2017, decision: February 27, 2017
    • STSM Period: March 1, 2017-April 15, 2017


 The general rules of STSMs are defined by the COST regulations and included in COSTVademecum.


STSM Procedure (after Call for STSMs is distributed):

  1. Obtain the email agreement of the Host institution on the possibility to implement the STSM on a given title and dates.
  2. Complete the online application form at https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm including: STSM title, dates, applicant’s details and bank details, financial data for travel and subsistence expenses, Workplan Summary (also including planned outcomes).
  3. Once STSM form is completed, download the form and send as email attachment to Host institution and STSM coordinator. The email should also include documents such as: CV, list of publications, recommendation letter from Home institution, and agreement of the Host institution on the possibility to implement the STSM.
  4. STSM coordinator organizes assessment of the STSM proposal together with a leader of the particular WG.
  5. If approved, the STSM coordinator sends application and approval to Grant Holder & Action Chair.
  6. Grant Holder sends applicant Grant Letter to sign and return. The STSM should not be started until this letter has been signed and returned.
  7. STSM is implemented.
  8. The grantee is required to submit a Scientific Report (3-5 pages) to the Host institution, STSM coordinator and WG leader for approval within 14 days after the end date of the STSM containing:
    • STSM title;
    • STSM Applicant;
    • Host;
    • Period;
    • Working group;
    • Purpose of the STSM;
    • Description of the work carried out during the STSM;
    • Description of the main results obtained;
    • Future collaboration with the Host institution (if applicable);
    • Foreseen publications/articles resulting from the STSM (if applicable);
    • Other comments (if any).
  9. Failure to submit the Scientific Report within 14 days will effectively cancel the grant.
  10. The approval of the Scientific Report by the Host institution and WG leader is sent to the STSM coordinator.
  11. STSM coordinator is responsible for final approval of the Scientific Report and informing the Grant Holder that the STSM has been successfully accomplished.
  12. After receipt of the approval of the Scientific Report by email from STSM coordinator, the Grant Holder will execute the payment of the grant.
  13. Grant Holder executes payment to Applicant.
  14. STSM information and report is published at: http://www.cost-recodis.eu/index.php/stsms