Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are a networking tool offered by COST, aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between COST Action Participants. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action CA18108, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions.


STSM Coordinator: Dijana Dominis Prester (University of Rijeka, Croatia)
STSM Committee Members:
Dragoljub Dimitrijević (University of Niš, Serbia)
Marija Dimitrijević Ćirić (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Mihnea Popescu (Institute of Space Science, Romania)
Nicoleta Voicu (Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania)
Paulo Moniz (Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)


  • 6th call text
    Call Opens: 03/04/2023
    Call Closes: 24/04/2023
  • 5th call text
    Call Opens: 21/12/2022
    Call Closes: 23/01/2023
  • 4th call text
    Call Opens: 24/02/2022
    Call Closes: 27/03/2022
  • 3rd call text
    Call Opens: 07/05/2021
    Call Closes: 07/06/2021
  • 2nd call text
    Call Opens: 20/12/2019
    Call Closes: 20/01/2020
  • 1st call text
    Call Opens: 31/10/2019
    Call Closes: 30/11/2019

Main Info

STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow or may be employed by, or affiliated to, a research institution. The institutions where applicants pursue their strand of research are considered as Home Institutions. The Host Institution is the institution that will host the STSM grantee.

Any QG-MM participant from a COST Full Member country is eligible for a STSM, while a Host Institution can be any institution in one of participating countries, an approved International Partner Country (IPC) or Near-Neighbour Country (NNC). It is expected that this country has a record of active participation in QG-MM.

  • Applications from PhD students and ECIs are strongly encouraged.
  • STSMs between Action working groups are most welcome.

STSMs must respect the following criteria:

  • They must have a minimum duration of 5 calendar days that includes travel;
  • They need to be carried out in their entirety within a single Grant Period and always within the Action’s lifetime.

STSMs Reports

QG with future cosmological data
Grantee: David Benisty from Ben Gurion Universty (Beesr Sheva), Istrael
Host: Ofer Lahav at University College London, UK
STSM dates: 06/01/2020 to 04/03/2020
Scientific report

Development of multimessenger observing strategies for gamma-ray and neutrino experiments
Grantee: Dijana Dominis Prester from University of Rijeka, Croatia
Host: Mariam Tórtola at Universitat de València, Spain
STSM dates: 18/02/2020 to 25/02/2020
Scientific report

Modified models in cosmology
Grantee: Denitsa Staicova from Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Host: Diego Rubiera-Garcia at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
STSM dates: 13/01/2020 to 24/01/2020
Scientific report
Publication directly resulting from this STSM: arXiv:2011.02967