About STSMs

iV&L Net offers support for researchers to make exchange visits to other institutions or research organisations. In the language of COST, these are called Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).

STSMs are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. An STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, 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.

STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an Institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The institutions / organisations where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home institutions. The Host institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant.

For further details, information on applying and reports of previously completed STSMs, please visit the other pages under the “Exchange visits” menu tab.