Short-Term Scientific Missions

Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) allow scientists to learn from an institution or laboratory in another COST country - a concept of particular interest to young scientists (PhD students, Post-docs).

Researchers across Europe are working together taking advantage of this instrument to show impressive results in a short period of time. The STSM coordinator of CA17111 INTEGRAPE strongly encourages you to apply and benefit from such an experience!

Reports of the STSM grant recipients from the first call are available here:

  STSM Reports

Scientific priorities

The projects in line with the 2020/21 work plan of INTEGRAPE will be prioritized. In particular projects including genome and genome variation data management plans; transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics data management plans or phenotyping data management plans are welcome to help the consortium to develop on real use cases of general guidelines. The applicants should mention in their proposal how they will apply the established guidelines. Special considerations will be made regarding the participation of researchers from Inclusiveness Target Countries.

Evaluation procedure

The selection of successful STSM applicants will be performed using a 2-step evaluation procedure. Firstly, the applicants must fill out this Submission Form, uploading their CV, STSM proposal as well as the host agreement. Please then advise the STSM Coordinator via email of your application (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The STSM proposal will be selected by the committee as first or second priority based on how well it contributes to the goals of the action and depending on the budget available. First-priority proposals will then be advised to move on to submitting their STSM application through the eCOST portal. Second-priority proposals will be placed on hold and evaluated all together towards the end of August 2021 (near the end of Grant Period). The best of these will then be advised to submit on the eCOST portal. Any queries regarding applications should be emailed to the STSM coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and the STSM vice-coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For guidelines on the submitting on the eCOST portal, please consult the PDF guide available at

Kind regards,
Margarida Fortes (STSM coordinator of CA17111)
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Additional criteria of eligibility

Applicants must be engaged in a research program in an institution from a COST country participating in the COST Action. The host institution must be a COST country or a non-COST institution officially participating in the COST Action, The average contribution for a mission is a fixed grant up to 3500euro, based on the applicant’s budget request and the decision from STSM committee (five researchers from the Core Group of the Action). For full eligibility criteria please check the Vademecum available at The selection of successful STSM applicants will be done so in consideration of the scientific scope of the proposed mission and how the mission can support the Action in achieving its scientific objectives (as guidelines for preparation of an successful application,

Please try to answer the questions in Data management plan. There should be special considerations made by the Action MC with respect to supporting COST policies on promoting gender balance, enabling Early Career Investigators (ECI), broadening geographical inclusiveness.



Important Dates

An open call for the Short Term Scientific Missions  (STSM) of COST Action INTEGRAPE is now available using a 2-step evaluation procedure. With STSMs INTEGRAPE can fund your stay in another institution to undertake collaborative research.

STSMs for this grant period should be performed up until end of September 2021.
More information available at STSM GRANTS

An open call is now available for the Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) Grants of COST Action INTEGRAPE

If you come from an Inclusiveness Target Country, INTEGRAPE can fund your virtual attendance at the conference of your choice.

The proposed conference must take place before September 30th, 2021.

Application till 4 weeks before scheduled conference date and submission of a scientific report and fee invoice within 30 days after end of conference.
More information available at ITC GRANTS