About Short Term Scientific Missions

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of HERALD, 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 / organisations.

European/NNC researchers participating in HERALD can visit an institution in another participating COST Country or in an approved NNC institution or in an approved IPC institution (listed here). Full guidelines are available in chapter 7 of the COST Vademecum

The normal grant from HERALD towards travel and living costs is €2,500 for sufficiently long visits, but can be more for 'early career investigators'.  There are more details in the call document attached below.

It is intended that STSMs lead to concrete scientific outputs, such as presentations and joint publications.  The contribution of HERALD must be acknowledged appropriately.

Call for proposals:

We are now accepting proposals for STSMs to take place within the HERALD network, finishing before the end of October 2018.

To apply, please follow the instructions in the call document attached below (PDF).  You will need to obtain a letter of invitation from the prospective host, register on e-COST, fill out the STSM form on this website and finally email the Action Chair .

This is a rolling call. Applications will be evaluated on a 'first-come first-served' basis until all places have been filled. The criteria for selecting STSMs in HERALD are (in order of decreasing importance): (1) scientific quality and fit to working group (see list on this website); (2) financial need; (3) overall goals of COST.