Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

What is an STSM?

Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are institutional exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST member state (IPC and NNC in future rounds).

The aim of STSMs is to foster collaboration and share new techniques that may not be available in a participant’s home institution or laboratory.


DAMOCLES will provide STSM grants to support exchange knowledge within and between the different Working Groups. DAMOCLES has funding for approximately 15 STSMs per year.

The following DAMOCLES STSM criteria apply:

  • Must adhere to the DAMOCLES mission statement and the objectives of at least one Working Group
  • Must be able to demonstrate why a STSM is the best option for collaboration
  • Must have a demonstrable output or deliverable (e.g. a paper)

Application rounds:

  • DAMOCLES has 3 application rounds per annum, with application deadlines at the beginning of March, July and November for STSMs starting between May - August, September - December, and January - April, respectively
  • The next application round, however, is slightly out of sync due to the start of the new funding cycle, and will be Friday 10 May 2019 for STSMs starting between May - August 2019

Application deadline (eCOST)

STSM starting period

Friday 10 May 2019

01 May - 31 August 2019

Monday 01 July 2019

01 September - 31 December 2019

Monday 04 November 2019

01 January - 30 April 2020

Monday 02 March 2020

01 May - 31 August 2020

  • The application process is described below

Title: Analyzing the correlates in compound events between the EM-DAT and Earth System Data Lab databases 

Researcher: Mr Thomas Ogbu (UC Louvain, Woluwe-Saint-Lamber, Belgium)

Dates: 01-04-2019 to 12-04-2019

Host: Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry

Title: Meeting for advancing the WG4 review of the statistical methods for modelling compound events 

Researcher: Mr Edoardo Vignotto (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Dates: 25-03-2019 to 31-03-2019

Host: Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique

Title: Visit to Deltares to study coastal flooding 

Researcher: Dr Angel Ruiz-Angulo (Icelandic Meteorological Office, Reykjavik, Iceland)

Dates: 25-03-2019 to 30-03-2019

Host: Deltares

Title: Meeting for advancing the WG4 review of the statistical methods for modelling compound events 

Researcher: Dr Emanuele Bevacqua (University of Graz (Graz, Austria) / University of Reading (Reading, UK))

Dates: 24-03-2019 to 30-03-2019

Host: Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique

Title: Evaluation of categories and intensities of (hydro-)meteorological compound events in southern Norway on basis of high‐resolution climate simulations from a single model initial‐condition large ensemble (SMLE) 

Researcher: Mr Benjamin Poschlod (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)

Dates: 18-03-2019 to 29-03-2019

Host: Center for International Climate Research Oslo

Title: Developing a statistical model based on precipitation and soil moisture to characterize droughts from multiple (meteorological and agricultural) viewpoints 

Researcher: Mr Edoardo Vignotto (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Dates: 10-03-2019 to 16-03-2019

Host: Stockholm University

Title: Classification of Compound Events 

Researcher: Dr Alexandre Ramos (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Dates: 10-03-2019 to 15-03-2019

Host: Univeristy of Bern, Switzerland

Title: Investigation of Climate Change Impact on the Rain on Snow Events 

Researcher: Mr Cenk Sezen (Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey)

Dates: 04-03-2019 to 29-03-2019

Host: University of Ljubljana

Title: Detection and Attribution of Medicanes Climate Change 

Researcher: Dr Davide Faranda (LSCE)

Dates: 04-03-2019 to 14-03-2019

Host: CMCC


STSMs can be performed in any COST Member/Cooperating Member or Near-Neighbour Country joining the Action.

STSMs must have a minimum duration of 5 calendar days and need to be carried out in their entirety within a single Grant Period.

STSM grants are available through COST to support exchange knowledge.

STSM grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking a given mission. A STSM grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee. The calculation of the financial contribution for each STSM must respect the following criteria:

  • Up to a maximum of EUR 3,500 in total can be afforded to each applicant
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 300 can be affored for travel costs

STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow, or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research related to DAMOCLES.

The institutions / organisation or legal entity where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home Institutions (the Host Institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant).

Applications for STSM grants are online at e-COST:

Application process:

  • Applicant applies through the e-COST portal using on the online application form. Applicants will also need to upload their CV, a Letter of Support from the Home Institution, and a Written Agreement from the Host Institution that the STSM applicant can perform the activities detailed in the STSM work plan within the agreed dates
  • The STSM coordinator undertakes an initial evaluation of the applications
  • All applications are then reviewed by the Core Group and approves / rejects and agrees budget for approved STSMs
  • The STSM coordinator approves / rejects the applications in e-COST (The STSM coordinator also evaluates and approves / rejects the scientific report after the mission)


Additional Information

Online applications at e-COST:

STSM user guide:

COST vademecum:

Contact Information

Dr Chris White – University of Strathclyde, Glasgow


Phone: +44 141 548 4366