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Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

General Information

SARCOS invites researchers to submit proposals for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM). Applications from Early Stage Researchers (ESR) are particularly encouraged.

If you are an ESR from an eligible participating countries; namely another Participating COST Country, an approved COST Near Neighbour Country (NNC) or an approved International Partners Country (IPC), you can apply for a grant to carry out a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM). To check whether your country has signed up to the Action, go to

A short-term scientific mission is a visit from an ESR based in one COST participating country to an institute in another COST participating country. This could be to work on a jointly authored article, to carry out labwork, to learn a new research method, to work on a joint research proposal or any other activity linked to your research on self-healing as preventive repair for concrete structures.

Applicants must make a clear case that their STSM is relevant to the topic of our Action.They should specificy the expected outcome and explain clearly not only how the STSM will enhance their own research but also why the host Institution is appropriate and what value will be added by the collaboration.They must also ensure that they can provide evidence of the commitment of the host Institution to host the STSM and provide the name of the person in the host Institution who will supervise it.

STSM applicants must be engaged in a research programme as a postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow, or be employed by or officially affiliated to an institution or legal entity. This institution is considered as the Home institution. 

Expression of Interest


Call for Applications is NOW closed

Dear SARCOS participants, 

Please be informed that the call will remain closed for the rest of the Grant Period. We thank you very much for your active participation and we apologise to those who had not the chance to apply this time but encourage all to apply in the next Grant Period.
Thank you.
On behalf of the STSM coordinator

Annex documents:

Guide for Applicants

Template Application (in MSWord format): Motivation and WorkplanLetter of Support (Home institution), Written Agreement (Host institution)

STSM user-guide

COST Vademecum

After the STSM

The grantee is required to submit a scientific report, together with the host confirmation (templates downloadable below), via e-cost, within 30 days after the end date of the STSM. In the case the mission ends during the second half of March, grantees are kindly requested to submit their scientific report in 2 weeks (instead of the usual 30 days). A set of 2-4 pictures (or a collage) should also be sent to Pepa Bayarri (, to be published in the website.

Template STSM report and Confirmation by SARCOS host (in MSWord format) can be found here.


COST Action CA15202 STSM Coordinator: Prof Emilija FIDANCHEVSKI ()


Awarded STSMs