Application collection date: In light of the exceptional circumstances brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, applications for STSMs to be carried out during Grant Period 2 (May 2020-October 2021) will be accepted during the entirety of the grant period as long as funds are available. The final decision of the STSM committee will be communicated about 6-8 weeks before the planned research stay. We hope that this measure allows more scholars to benefit from this action and we kindly ask that STSM applicants apply with as much time as possible before the intended travel date to allow for evaluation and to contact the STSM coordinator for further information.
From Grant Period 3 (November 2021-October 2022) onwards, applications can be submitted any time of the year, but will only be evaluated once a year. A reminder for the STSM collection date will be issued for the upcoming grant periods. Please subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on our social media channels to be kept up-to-date.
STSMs are to be applied to individually. Applicants and hosts are required to register on the WORCK website by filling out the form (https://www.worck.eu/contact/) and on the e-COST webpage (https://e-services.cost.eu/user/registration/email).
Applications are submitted through the e-COST platform (https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm) and will be evaluated by the STSM Committee consisting of representatives of each working group.
Proposals are to have up to 2,000 words. The proposal should explicitly address the following aspects:
2. Research plan, including:
a. Research contribution, state of the art of the field, research questions
b. Planned activities
c. Planned output
d. Period and duration of stay
3. Host institution and researcher or research group (qualities and relevance of the host institution in relation the candidate and work plan)
4. Relation between the proposal and WORCK
Please note that in addition to the proposal the following documents must be uploaded as support documents on the e-COST platform for STSM applications before the end of the open call:
- Letter from the home institution allowing for the STSM
- Written agreement or a letter of invitation/acceptance from a representative/researcher of the host institution
- CV of the applicant (this will be attached automatically, if the applicant already uploaded it to the e-COST platform)
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The STSM committee can request additional information, if considered necessary.
For detailed rules regarding eligibility and financial support, please see the relevant sections of the COST Vademecum.
Please note that priority is given to applications proactively addressing the agenda of the COST Action and the individual working groups. Therefore, 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. They address specific tasks included in one or more working group agendas in a very concrete and focused way: A focussed contribution to a very specific agenda or working group is thus likely to be more useful to the project than an attempt to address multiple agendas simultaneously.
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.