Applications are invited for STSMs that further the aims of CA18115. 


Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are exchange visits aimed at supporting researchers’ individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration. STSMs must be performed between countries – researchers cannot apply for an STSM within their own country.

STSMs are intended especially, but not solely, for young researchers.
An STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action “TRIBES”, while enabling those partaking in the missions to establish new partnerships, learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions / organisations.

An STSM should take place withinan annual grant period (GP) – the foreseen GPs for TRIBES are:

  • GP1:        01 / 05 / 2019 à30 / 04 / 2020
  • GP2:        end date to 31/10/2021
  • GP3:        start date to 01/11/2021 and end date to 31/10/2022
  • GP4:        start date to 01/11/2022 and end date to 01/04/2023

The COST guidelines on STSMs are reproduced below (SECTION 8). There are some requirements about the applicant’s home institution, and the host institution (see the table under 8.1)

Section 8, View Full Document:  STSM_Section 8 

There is also information on the allowed duration of an STSM, and the level of financial support available

Please read these carefully before making an application. The designated STSM co-ordinator for CA18115 is Professor Peter Smith at Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K. (  In case of conflict of interest (e.g. personal connection; home or host institution is Goldsmiths), then the application would go to the Vice Chair, Professor Hildegunn Fandrem, University of Stavanger, Norway (

Potential applicants are suggested to contact Professor Smith in the first instance, to discuss their plans and check eligibility. The main criterion will be that the planned activity in the STSM is relevant to the work of one of the Action’s Working Groups.  Actual applications are made through the designated COST website