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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


COST Action CA15202 CALL FOR Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)


On behalf of our STSM coordinator, Prof. EMilija Fidanchevski, we are pleased to launch the 8th call for STSM in the SARCOS (CA 15202) COST Action. 
In the COST Vademecum (downloadable from the right menu of the COST webpage: you will find the general rules, among which we'd like to remark that proposals should always be aligned with the objectives of the Action. 
The call will have the following characteristics:
1) Applications can be submitted from now until further notice (when allocated budget is finished).
2) They will be treated in a first come, first served basis, after checking the suitability of the applicant and their application.
3) The missions have to start from May 1st, 2019 and finish before March 31st, 2020, one month before the end of the Grant Period (April 30th). 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). Otherwise we would not have enough time to process the payment of their grant and our commitment to submit our Financial Report to COST when requested will be endangered.

4) Applicants are kindly asked to send 2-6 pictures of themselves working during their stay, to be published on the webpage of the Action, together with a summary of their proposal. The scientific report will be published in the members area. 

5) Grantees who have never been reimbursed by the UPV are required to send the form "Dates_address_bank" filled in and signed to Pepa Bayarri (, together with a copy of their passport, in order to be included in the UPV database for making the payment. n the case the grantee requests the grant in a Spanish bank account, please fill in the form "Datos_Tercero". Moreover, those with a Spanish DNI, should provide this instead of their passport.
6) Submitting an application implies the compliance to all the above mentioned conditions and characteristics of the call.
Please note that the application documents need to be uploaded complete with all the requested signatures on them the moment the proposal is submitted on the e-cost platform.


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 short scientific report to the host institution (for information) and to the STSM Committee for approval 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).

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