STSMs are to be applied to individually. Applicants and hosts are required to register on the WORCK website by filling out the form (https://www.worck.eu/contact/) and on the e-COST webpage (https://e-services.cost.eu/user/registration/email).
Applications should be submitted via e-cost.
The following documents must be uploaded:
- Application form (To be downloaded here: https://www.cost.eu/STSM_GrantApplication). It should describe: goals for the STSM, description of the work to be carried out by the applicant, expected outcomes, and description of How the awarded grant will address one (or several) associated Grant Goals(s) related to the achievement of MoU objective(s) and/or contributing to the Science Communication Plan adopted by the Action.
- Confirmation of the host on the agreement from the host institution in receiving the applicant
- CV of the applicant
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The committee can request additional information if it is considered necessary.
Proposals will be evaluated by a STSM Committee consisting of representatives of each working group. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The STSM committee can request additional information, if considered necessary.
For detailed rules regarding eligibility and financial support, please see the relevant sections of the COST Annotated Rules.
Please note that priority is given to applications proactively addressing the agenda of the COST Action and the individual working groups. Therefore, successful applications balance emphasis on the candidate’s personal research project with consideration of the way in which it could contribute to the work of the action. They address specific tasks included in one or more working group agendas in a very concrete and focused way: A focussed contribution to a very specific agenda or working group is thus likely to be more useful to the project than an attempt to address multiple agendas simultaneously.
Potential applicants are invited to contact the Grant Awarding Coordinator and the relevant working group leaders. Before making contact, they should study the working group agendas carefully and consider which ones relate most closely to the research they propose to undertake. Potential applicants should then draft a brief account of their intentions before making contact and requesting feedback on it. This process will help to ensure that the outcomes and deliverables of the STSMs are devoted to benefitting the action as a whole.
Potential applicants from ITCs and early career researchers with no previous contact with the COST Action are explicitly encouraged to make use of this opportunity.