Short-term scientific missions (STSM) are exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country. They 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.

Within DENORMS Action, it has been decided to dedicate 30 000 EUR to STSM for the 1st Grant Period (May 2016-April 2017), the same amount for the 2nd Grant Period (May 2017-April 2018) and the 3rd Grant Period (May 2018-April 2019) and to dedicate 25 000 EUR for the 4th Grant Period (May 2019-March, 9th 2020) – see DENORMS STSM Strategy here.


  • 3 calls have been launched during Action Grant Period 1 and 14 STSM have been funded.
  • A permanent call has been launched for Grant Period 2 and 13 STSM have been funded.
  • A permanent call has been launched for Grant Period 3 and 12 STSM have been funded.
  • A permanent call has been launched for Grant Period 4. Candidates can apply at anytime.

STSM applications must be filled on e-COST (an updated profile is required) and include the following documents:

  1. A proposal including the title, motivation and a detailed description of the proposed project (work plan)
  2. A support letter from the home institution
  3. An invitation letter from a senior researcher affiliated to the host institution
  4. A detailed CV of the applicant

For more information, please contact our STSM Manager: Prof Keith ATTENBOROUGH.


STSM are contractual and no modification will be accepted once the application is validated.

All STSM reports and subsequent publications should bear the following sentence ensuring an acknowledgement of COST funding:
“This article is based upon work from COST Action DENORMS CA15125, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)”.
COST must also orally be acknowledged during all news media interviews, conferences and events where COST Action representatives give a public presentation or participate to a session or panel.

The applications’ evaluation grid can be consulted here.
You can find a description of the facilities and research interest of each institution and each company involved in DENORMS Action on the restricted area.