6th STSM call


Application opening date

16 October 2017

Application deadline date

1 November 2017

Grant Holder announcement of successful applications

20 November 2017

Notification of acceptance by the applicant

24 November 2017

The STSM has to be completed before

30 March 2018



STSMs are an instrument to support individual mobility from one to another COST country, to strengthen existing networks or promote new collaborations within the scientific objectives of TIDES ES1401 COST Action.

The applicant can be a PhD student, a PostDoc or a staff member from an institution located in a Participating COST Full Member / COST Cooperating Member, or in an Approved Near-Neighbour Country (NNC).

The host institution has to be sited in another Participating COST Full Member / COST Cooperating Member or in a Near-Neighbour Country (NNC).

The up-to-date list of TIDES participating countries and NNCs can be found here . Please consult full eligibility rules on the Vademecum document (pages 35-36).


Mission duration

The STSM has to be completed by 30 March 2018. There is a minimum duration of 5 working days and a maximum of 2 months for the current proposed STSM.


Application Procedure

To apply, the candidate should (both 1 and 2 are mandatory):

1) Follow this link to apply on-line for a Short-Term Scientific Mission: apply on-line or log in e-COST and click on “STSM Application” on the menu available on the left.

2) Send a formal STSM application by e-mail to the STSM coordinator of the Action ES1401 – Graça Silveira (mdsilveira@fc.ul.pt) –, consisting of:

  1. A cover letter stating the science topic of the STSM (for information on this action science topics, please visit TIDES webpage)

  2. A copy of the “COST STSM Application form” which has been filled on-line

  3. A description/work-plan of the proposed visit (in PDF format) – no more than two A4 pages

  4. A detailed Curriculum

  5. A letter of acceptance from the Host institute of the STSM

  6. A letter from either the Host or Home institute indicating any extra support that may be given to the applicant (if applicable)

  7. In the case of PhD students applicants, a support letter for the proposed visit from their advisor.


After the STSM

The grantee is required to submit a short scientific report (main text of 3-5 pages with any attachments if necessary) to the STSM coordinator for approval by the STSM Committee and subsequently by the Managment Committee within 30 days after the end date of the STSM keeping the STSM host institution in copy.

This report will include (but not restricted to):

  • The objectives of the STSM
  • A short description of the work carried out during the STSM
  • A description of the main results obtained, stating (if applicable) any deviations from the initial purposes, possible impacts achieved or expected
  • An indication of any problems that may have appeared;
  • A reference to future collaboration with the host institution (if applicable)
  • A letter by the host institution, confirming the successful execution of the STSM
  • The actual results that may be used directly by the COST action (beyond the 2-5 pages, e.g. to be included in the action’s deliverables)
  • Other comments (if any)

Failure to submit the scientific report within 30 days after the end of the STSM will effectively cancel the grant.


Applicants guide

For a detailed and complete description of the eligibility rules and financial support according to COST, please consult the VADEMECUM document (pages 35-36).

Also look at the additional notes from the Grant Holder, providing additional clarification on applicable fiscal issues .