Cross Action STSM CALL

5th December 2019

EuroScitizen COST Action is a research network brings diverse community together including evolutionary biologists, educators, education researchers,museum professionals and the media aiming to comprehend levels of scientific literacy in Europe using evolution as a model. To enhance scientific collaborations between EuroScitizen members we invite your applications to Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).


Objective of the STSM call

Do you have ideas on how to advance objectives and deliverables of EuroScitizen (please check here for our Memorandum of Understanding)? If yes, apply for a Short Term Scientific Mission to develop it. STSMs application furthering transversal objectives will be favored, but all applications will be considered.


Duration of the STSMs

Duration of the STSMs is minimum 5 days and maximum 90 days. According to COST rules and regulations, ECIs (=Early Career Investigators) may apply for a maximum of 180 days

The STSM has to take place until 30 April 2020


Deadline for applications

15 December 2019



Funding for travel, accommodation and meal expenses up to total  EUR 1,800 (see COST Vademecum for details of eligibility rules)


Who can apply?

Everyone with an official affiliation and strong motivation on promoting science

Everyone who is a EuroScitizen member (see here on how to become one)

PhD students and ECIs are particularly encouraged to apply, but every EuroScitizen member can get an STSM.


Applicants should take into consideration that:

Applicants should be EuroScitizen members. Please see here on how to join.

The host institution has to be a participating COST Country Institution (or an approved NNC (=Near Neighbor Countries) institution, or an approved IPC (=International Partner Country) institution, or an approved EC/EU Agency, or an approved RTD (=Research & Technological Development) Institution, or an approved International Organisation)


The selected participants will  granted with:

Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses. (COST Vademecum )

Up to a maximum of EUR 300 can be afforded for travel costs.(COST Vademecum)

The reimbursement will be get when the scientific report of the STSM is approved by the STSM committee.

Note that only the STSMs applicants are reimbursed, not the host institution


How to apply?

  1. You have to find an STSM host (see above for conditions about host institutions), someone you would be willing to collaborate with. Either you already know the person you would like to collaborate with or to find one you can start by browsing here the list of EuroScitizen Management Committee members.
  2. Contact the potential STSM host to inquire about the possibility of an STSM and discuss and elaborate a plan for the STSM (duration, length, topic, working plan, timetable: those things will be asked in the application form on eCOST)
  3. Go to your eCOST and apply for an STSM (you can find here online registration step by step)



The applications will be evaluated by the STSM committee based on the MC approved criteria. The successful applicant will be notified by the STSM coordinator and the COST.


After the visit

Following the end of the STSM (within 30 calendar days), applicant who successfully completed it must submit a scientific report (available to download on the eCOST application page) with the host approval.