Application for Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM)

STSMs 2009-2010.

10/11-2010: There are no funds available for STSMs at this time.

The normal rules for STSMs still apply;

  1. Visits must be for conduct of a RESEARCH project
  2. Minimum duration 5 days, maximum 3 months (but funds limited to those below)
  3. Only one person can be supported per visit.
  4. Request up to 2500 Euros, scaled for shorter periods at 60 to 90 Euros per day, costings should be explained. Travel up to 300 Euros for one visit (included in the €2500 total). For Early stage researchers an exceptional case may be made for total cost of 3500 Euros, but is very unusual and in order to ensure widest participation I am less inclined to support these.
  5. Applications are made on line and must include a short but clear description of work programme (1 page A4); a CV and, most important, a letter from the host approving the visit.
  6. Applications should be cc to me and should be submitted one month before the visit takes place to allow time for COST office to process it after my approval. NOTE; You can not travel until you have received permission from COST Office,
  7. After the visit you must submit a short report (1 page A4 NOT one paragraph) diagrams are useful as we can use these in annual reports etc. This report must be approved by the host and must state clearly the dates over which the visit was held.

An application can be received at anytime between now and April (one month before visits to be held in May). A new call for STSMs will be made starting in July, after the second ECCL annual meeting to be held in Istanbul June 4-9,2009.

To formally apply for support for a STSM grant from the COST Action CM0601 Electron Controlled Chemical Lithography (ECCL) please follow the steps below.


Step 1

On-line registration by the applicant, see

The Applicant must use the on-line registration tool to register their request for an STSM.

The following information has to be entered with the registration:

Applicant’s title, name, work place, postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address.
Host’s name, postal address, telephone, fax and email at the receiving institute.
The planned dates and length of stay; the title of the planned STSM
Short description of the proposed work plan (about 250 words)
Short curriculum vitae
Budget request with breakdown for the costs of the STSM
Bank details

Step 2

After entering the information and pressing the “submit” button the on-line registration tool will issue a formal STSM application. This document has to be downloaded and sent by by e-mail as attachment together with CV, list of publications, motivation letter, and letter of support from the home institute to:

The future Host of the STSM.
The STSM coordinator of the action Prof. Nigel Mason
Please cc the Chair of the Management Committee:


Upon approval of the requested STSM the Applicant will receive an acceptance letter in which the grantee is informed about:

a) the approval of the STSM and;
b) the level of the financial grant given.

To accept the grant, the Applicant has to return this acceptance letter with his signature. The Applicant will also receive a payment request form at the same time

Completion of the STSM:

Within four weeks of completion of the STSM the grantee is required to submit to the Host and the Action’s STSM coordinator Professor Nigel Mason a short scientific report on the visit. It should contain the following information:

Purpose of the visit
Description of the work carried out during the visit;
Description of the main results obtained;
Future collaboration with host institution (if applicable);
Projected publications/articles resulting or to result from the STSM (if applicable);
Confirmation by the host institute of the successful execution of the mission;
Other comments (if any).

The grantee is also required to send in the completed payment request form at the same time.


Last updated: 21st July 2010