STSM Details

Duration

Standard STSMs need to take place according to the following rules:

  • Be a minimum duration of 5 days;
  • Be a maximum duration of 90 days;
  • Needs to be carried out in their entirety within a single grant period and within the Action’s lifetime.

Specific additional provisions have been adopted by the CSO to encourage the participation of Early Career Investigators (ECI) in STSM.

  • Be a minimum duration of 91 days;
  • Be a maximum duration of 180 days;
  • Needs to be carried out within their entirety within a single grant period and within the Action’s lifetime.

Financial Support

An STSM grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the STSM application as determined by the Action Chair (or Vice Chair if the Action Chair is affiliated to the Grant Holder Institution) and / or the STSM Coordinator / Committee. STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to performing a given mission. The Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee. The calculation of this contribution for a STSM must be based on the following rules:

  • up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful STSM applicant;
  • up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.

For ECIs (Early Career Investigators), the calculation for an increased financial contribution must respect the following criteria:

  • up to a maximum of EUR 3 500 in total can be afforded to ECIs for missions with a duration of between 91 and 180 days;
  • up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.

The Action Chair (or Vice Chair if the Action Chair is affiliated to the Grant Holder Institution) or the appointed STSM Coordinator / Committee can approve differentiated country rates to cover accommodation and meal expenses based on the perceived cost of living in the host country.