STSMs Short Term Scientific Missions

Current grant period: March-September 2024

Deadline application 1 February 2024

First starting date 1 March 2024

Last ending date 1 September 2024

Short term scientific missions (STSMs)

Short term scientific missions (STSMs) are a chance for researchers to visit other participating research institutes and to benefit from the technology, datasets, expertise and methods used by the host that are not available at the home institution.

The aim of the missions is to facilitate collaborations among research groups involved in WATSON that provide mutual benefits, such as joint publications (acknowledging WATSON and the COST program) and the perspective of attracting additional funding. A STSM should directly contribute to the objectives of at least one of the Working Groups (WG) within WATSON.

Applicants are encouraged to contact WG leaders prior to their application to discuss their mission and to familiarize themselves with the priorities of the WG. We encourage Stakeholders to contact the WG leaders and advertise potential host STSMs within the network.

To be eligible for reimbursement, the applicant must be engaged in an official research program as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow, or be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organization or legal entity that performs research related to WATSON and actively contributes to fulfilment of its main objectives. STSMs funding is not available for exchanges between institutes within the same
country. STSM grants cannot be spent on the preparation of proposals for funding from any source, nor attending a conference.


The selection of successful STSM application is based on the scientific scope of the proposed mission, and how the mission supports WATSON in achieving its scientific objectives. Priority will be given to projects supporting the development of new collaborations between the applicant and host and applicants who are Young Researchers and Innovators (a researcher or innovator under the age of 40) and/or come from less research-intensive COST Member Countries and inclusiveness target countries (ITCs; see countries in green here:

You can find the list of required documents and all relevant information in our Application procedure.

After completion of the STSM, the grantee is required to submit a short scientific report to the STSM coordinators within four weeks. This report should contain the following information:

  • Purpose of the visit and description of the work carried out during the visit, indicating the first and the last day of the STSM;
  • Description of the main results obtained and expected publications/articles or any future work/collaboration (if applicable);
  • Confirmation by the host institute of the successful execution of the mission (with signature of the local supervisor and/or head of the Department).

Please download the official template here.

Upon approval of the scientific report by the STSM coordinators and the Action Chair, the grant will be paid directly to the grantee or the organizing institute, as requested in the application.


Grant period: 01 November 2022 – 31 October 2023

Grant period: 1 November 2021 – 31 October 2022

Grant period: 29  – 31 October 2021