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HiTEc - Short Term Scientific Missions

Short-term scientific missions (STSM) are exchange visits between researchers involved directly or indirectly in the HiTEc COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another participating COST country. They aim to foster 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 selection of candidates will be made on the basis of the CV of the candidates, applications projects/reasons, and considering inclusiveness criteria.

The following limitations have to be taken into account:

  • Minimun duration of 5 days.
  • Maximum duration of 90 days.
  • STMS need to be carried out entirely within a single Grant Period (1st November to 31st October) and always withing the Action's life time.

More information, here (pages 93-100).

Financial Support

An STSM grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the STSM application as determined by the Core Management Group. STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to performing a given mission. The Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee.

Typically, the amount awarded for a STSM will be between 70-100 EUR per day (depending on the duration and the location) and 350 EUR for travel. The total of a STSM shall not exceed 4000 EUR.

Current STMS Call

  • Deadline for submission of application: 1st June 2024.
  • Deadline for ending the STSM: 31st October 2024.
Access to the Online e-cost STMS applications

Applicants must upload the STSM application in PDF (detailed work plan, motivation, etc.), a full CV, a letter of support from the home institution, a written agreement from the host institution indicating that the applicant can perform the activities detailed in the application on the agreed dates.

Please note that the CV, the application and the connection with HiTEc will be considered for evaluation.

STSM - Final steps
Within 30 days of the completion of a STSM the researcher is required to upload a letter from the Host confirming the STSM dates and work done, and a scientific report. The grant will be effective once this information is received and approved. The scientific report should contain the following information:
  • Purpose of the STSM.
  • Description of research carried out during the STSM.
  • Description of the main results obtained.
  • Future collaboration (if applicable).
Additionally, the researcher will also be expected to deliver a short presentation about the STSM to their HiTEc Working Group (if applicable).