Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are a great opportunity for all scientists within the COST Action to exchange visits, nurture collaborations, or develop new ones.  The COST association defines the STSM as exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country.

Participants from a participating COST Country or Cooperative State can be hosted at

  • another participating COST Country or Cooperative State,
  • an approved NNC (Near Neighbour Country) institution,
  • an approved IPC (International Partner Country), or
  • an approved Specific organization

Participants from an approved NNC (Near Neighbour Country) institution or an approved European RTD Organization can only be hosted at

  • another participating COST Country or cooperative state.

A European RTD Organisation is any intergovernmental scientific research organisation that is responsible for infrastructures and laboratories whose members are countries, and the majority of which are COST Member Countries or Cooperating State.

A list of countries and institutions participating in NewCompStar can be found here.

STSMs are aimed at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants’ institutions or laboratories. STSM are intended especially for young researchers. The coordinator of the STSMs  is Prof. Armen Sedrakian  at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt. Germany.

The next deadline for the exceptional call for a last round of STSM and conference attendance is 15.09.2017.

The details of the application procedure can be found in the ‘How to apply‘ section.