Short-term scientific missions (STSMs) are exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST Member state.

In general, these scientific missions may last up to six months in another COST Member/Cooperating Member or Near-Neighbor Country joining the Action. Their aim is to foster collaboration in excellent research infrastructures and share new techniques that may not be available in a participant’s home institution or laboratory. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the EUGAIN COST Action.

In a nutshell, the STSM process is illustrated in the diagram.

STSM Calls

Short Term Scientific Mission applicants may consult the list of available host institution proposed research themes for ideas of relevant research to pursue.

See Also

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STSMs are aimed at supporting individual mobility, at strengthening existing networks, and at fostering collaborations by allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another country.


Training Schools

Aim to facilitate capacity building through the delivery of intensive training on a new or emerging topic. Training schools are typically, although not exclusively, considered to be for the benefit of Early Career Investigators and PhD students.



EUGAIN supports the organization of different types of events by its members, such as meetings, workshops, and conferences for the purpose of disseminating the COST Action’s objectives and activities.


Conference Grants

One of the priorities of a COST Action is to enhance research collaboration where ideas and people can grow without borders. These help PhD students and early-career investigators to attend international science and technology related conferences in various fields.