Short-Term Scientific Missions (Provisional)

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are an instrument to foster scientific collaboration and exchanges between the institutes participating in the SeqAhead COST action. Thanks to STSMs, a member can visit scientists from another institute of the COST project. STSMs target principally young scientists.

We invite all members of SeqAhead institutions to apply for STSMs as indicated below.


STSMs can vary from one week to three months and up to six months for Early Stage Researchers. Applicants must be engaged in a research programme in an institution from a COST country which must have accepted the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the Action concerned. Both home and host institution should be in a COST country which has accepted the MoU and has participated in the COST Action. The average contribution for a mission is a fixed grant based on the applicant's budget request and the decision from the relevant assessment committee. It will normally not exceed EUR 2500 (EUR 3500 for Early Stage Researchers).

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How to apply?

The process for STSM applications is the following:

  1. The applicant downloads the SeqAhead template application form plus guidelines from the website and compiles the necessary documentation.
  2. The applicant completes the specific BM1006 application form and the eCOST form:
  3. The Applicant send the SeqAhead and relevant documents to Eric Rivals (rivals at or José Ramón Valverde Carrillo (jrvalverde at STSM responsibles.
  4. Also download the Report Template to be used after completion of the study period by the candidate. (No payment will take place before the STSM report is submitted and accepted by the MC of the Action)

STSM Coordinators and Contacts

The coordinators of the short-term scientific missions are:

  • Eric Rivals (Montpellier, France)
  • José. R. Valverde (Madrid, Spain)

Their tasks are to

  • launch STSM calls
  • collect STSM applications from partners
  • evaluate applications with other steering group members
  • report the results of STSM activities to the management committee
Last modified: 2014/06/17 17:09 by Andreas Gisel
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