Short term scientific missions

COST Actions provide opportunities for (early stage) researchers to visit a lab in another country for 5-90 days. Up to €2500 is available per (early stage) researcher for at least 4 individuals per year. For early stage researchers (less than 8 years after obtaining PhD) it is possible to extent the duration of their visit to up to 180 days (for stays >91 days up to €3500 is available).


STSMs in BM1207 are available for researchers working on the objectives of the Action and the topic of the project should be related to at least one of the objectives.

Researchers have to work in an institute in one of the countries linked up to BM1207 (currently Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands & UK)

Researchers have to visit an institute in one of the countries linked up to BM1207


If you are interested in obtaining funding for an STSM under BM1207 you first have to register at the STSM section of the COST website. There you have to apply for an STSM. On the provided form you have to give an outline of your project (containing the aim of your STSM and how this relates to the Objectives of BM1207) and a budget estimate. This form, together with a short CV of the applicant, a brief outline of the work and budget has to be sent by email to the STSM coordinator of BM1207 (Aurélie Goyenvalle) and the Chair of BM1207 (Annemieke Aartsma-Rus). Your proposal will be reviewed and discussed by the STSM core group and you will hear whether or not you can receive funding for your STSM within 4 weeks.

After your STSM you can request reimbursement through the eCOST system (within 90 days after then end of your STSM). You will only be reimbursed after you have provided a brief summary (1 page max) of your STSM to the Action Chair for the COST website.

Please note that you will be reimbursed after your STSM. It is not possible to receive an advanced payment.