WORCK Short Term Scientific Missions

What is a Short Term Scientific Mission?

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific goal of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions or organisations.

There are two types of WORCK STSMs:

  • WORCK Mobility Grant: This grant is reserved for PhD students and early career researchers (max. 8 years after PhD) and fosters academic mobility, exchange and mutual learning by contributing to the objectives of the WORCK programme and its working groups.

  • WORCK Collaboration Stay: This grant is open to all active members of the COST Network and is dedicated to the development of collaborative projects and the preparation of joint publications and other deliverables.

Calls for STSMs will be published soon.

For further details, please consult the COST Vademecum.

Who can apply?

STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research program as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, a university or research institute. The institutions/organisations where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as home institutions. The host institution is the institution/organisation that will host the successful applicant.

STSMs must respect the following criteria:

  • They must have a minimum duration of 5 days.
  • They must have a maximum duration of 90 days.
  • STSMs need to be carried out in their entirety within a single grant period (from 1 May to 30 April) and always within the Action’s duration (16 September 2019 – 15 September 2023).

What kind of expenses are covered by STSM funding?

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.

The calculation of the financial contribution for each STSM must respect the following criteria:

  • Up to a maximum of EUR 3.500 in total can be awarded to each successful STSM applicant;
  • up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be awarded for accommodation and meal expenses;
  • up to a maximum of EUR 300 can be awarded for travel costs.

How to apply?

Application deadline for STSMs: tba.

Please note, priority is given to those applications that proactively address the agenda of the COST Action and the individual working groups.

Potential applicants are invited to contact the STSM Coordinator or the relevant Working Group Leaders. Before making contact, they should study the working group agendas carefully, and consider which ones relate most closely to the research they propose to undertake. Potential applicants should then draft a brief account of their intentions before making contact and requesting feedback on it. This process will help to ensure that the outcomes and deliverables of the STSMs are devoted to benefitting the Action as a whole.

Potential applicants from ITCs and early career researchers with no previous contact with the COST Action are explicitly encouraged to make use of this opportunity.

Successful applications balance emphasis on the candidate’s personal research project with consideration of the way in which it could contribute to the work of the Action. It addresses specific tasks included in one or more working group agenda in a very concrete and focused way: A concentrated contribution to advancing one very specific agenda is likely to be more useful to the project than an attempt to address multiple agendas simultaneously.

Proposals are typically 2-3 pages and should not be more than 5. They can take the form of a separate document or be included in the letter of motivation.

Proposals must be submitted to the STSM Coordinator and will be evaluated by the STSM Committee consisting of representatives of each working group.

Past STSMs