Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. The aim of a STSM as defined by COST Vademecum is to contribute to the scientific objectives of a COST Action. These Missions aim at strengthening the existing COST Actions by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST country to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/ or methods not available in their own institution/ laboratory.

The following table shows the scenarios available to eligible STSM applicants:



Applications should be submitted according the procedure detailed below:

Step 1: An eligible STSM applicant can submit a request for a STSM through the on-line registration tool at

Step 2: Formal STSM application and annexes
You are required to send by email the following documents to the Action MC Chair or the STSM coordinator:

  • A letter of invitation from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host institution
  • STSM application form
  • A motivation letter including a work plan detailing the proposed activities
  • A support letter / email from the Home Institution
  • A full C.V. (including a list of academic publications – if applicable)

Step 3 – Assessment of the STSM
The MC Chair or STSM coordinator assessed your request

Step 4 – Approval from the Management Committee
The MC Chair or STSM coordinator informed the Grant Holder that the proposed STSM has been approved

Step 5– Notification letter from the Grant Holder
The Grant Holder sent you a formal Grant Notification letter

Step 6– Start of the Mission
After the reception of the Grant notification letter, you can start your mission

Note: all STSM activities must occur in their entirety within one Grant Period.

After the STSM

After completing your mission is required to submit the following list of documents to the Action MC Chair or the STSM coordinator for approval:

  1. A scientific report
  2. An official letter/ email from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution formally accepting the scientific report

The STSM Grantee has 30 calendar days from the end date of the mission to submit the documents, the failure to do so will effectively cancel the grant.
Payment of the Grant is subject to the scientific report being approved by the Action Chair and/ or the appointed STSM Coordinator/ Committee and a senior researcher affiliated to the Host institution. This formal acceptance of the scientific report has to be sent to the Grant Holder for archiving purposes.

Further information and rules

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the detailed information provided by COST.

  1. Full details on COST Vademecum– Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) section 7. Please read the COST Vademecum carefully!
  2. In addition, for further information we recommended to visit the COST website: Short Term Scientific Missions

List of completed STSMs 2017/2018

  • Manijeh Bashar, University of York, York, UK
    Period: From 05/10/2017 to 10/01/2018
    STSM Title:

     5th Generation (5G) Communications: Parameterizing COST2100 at 60 GHz and simplified user scheduling for Massive MIMO

    Host Institution:

    Aalto University, Espoo, FI

  • Angel Palomares, Universidad de Granada, Granada, ES
    Period: From 15/11/2017 to 30/11/2017
    STSM Title:

    Short PhD Stay at KTH

    Host Institution:

    KTH Royal Institute of Technology , Stockholm, SE

  • Paweł Kosz,Gdansk University of Technology, Gdańsk, PL
    Period: From 18/09/2017 to 29/09/2017
    STSM Title:

    Simulations of the radio channel in off-body communications in a passenger ferry environment

    Host Institution:

    Instituto Superior Técnico INESC-ID/INOV, 1000-029 Lisboa, PT

  • Markus Hofer, Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, AT
    Period: From 29/05/2017 to 12/06/2017
    STSM Title:

    Measurement and Characterization of a Real-Time Channel Emulator based on a Software Defined Radio

    Host Institution:

    Department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund (SE)

  • Carl Gustafson, Department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund University, Sweden
    Period: From 02/05/2017 to 19/05/2017
    STSM Title:

    Power-efficient and reliable mm-wave communications in dynamic environments

    Host Institution:

    Electrical Engineering Department, Ghent University, Belgium

List of completed STSMs 2016/2017

  • Balde Mamadou Dialounké, IETR, France
    Period: From 17/04/2017 to 23/04/2017
    STSM Title:

    Spatial Consistency in 5G Radio Channel Propagation mm-wave Spectrum

    Host Institution:

    Aalto University, Espoo Finland, Finland

  • Fardin Derogarian Miyandoab, Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal
    Period: From 06/04/2017 to 23/04/2017
    STSM Title:

    Performance Evaluation of MCF (minimum cost forwarding) and SRMCF (source routing MCF) routing protocols over 6TiSCH (IPv6 over the TSCH mode of IEEE 802.15.4e)

    Host Institution:

    Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Marco Zoli, University of Bologna, Italy
    Period: From 03/04/2017 to 15/04/2017
    STSM Title:

    Multi-bands MIMO dual-Pol measurements and characterization of Radio Propagation for future 5G and B5G Wireless systems

    Host Institution:

    Institute for Communications Technology, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

  • Kun Chen Hu, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
    Period: From 06/04/2017 to 13/04/2017
    STSM Title:

    Implementation and measurement of 5G waveform candidate using OpenAirInterface

    Host Institution:

    Eurecom, Biot, France

  • Margot Deruyck, Universteit Gent, Belgium
    Period: From 27/03/2017 to 08/04/2017
    STSM Title:

    Introducing Multiple UAV Trajectories in UAV-Aided B5G Networks

    Host Institution:

    DEI, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

  • Wei Fan , Aalborg University, Denmark
    Period: From 26/02/2017 to 04/03/2017
    STSM Title:

    Over-the-air performance evaluation of massive MIMO antenna systems in anechoic chambers

    Host Institution:

    Keysight Technologies, Oulu, Finland

  • Gordana Gardasevic, University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Period: From 06/11/2016 to 26/11/2016
    STSM Title:

    Experimental Characterization of Joint Scheduling and Routing algorithm over 6TiSCH

    Host Institution:

    DEI, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

  • Petar Šolić, FESB, University of Split, Croatia
    Period: From 07/11/2016 to 11/11/2016
    STSM Title:

    Impact of Radio Channel on the Performance of ALOHA-based Medium Access Control Schemes

    Host Institution:

    Aalborg University, Aalborg (DK)

  • Gerald Artner, Technische Universität Wien, Wien, Austria
    Period: From 09/10/2016 to 15/10/2016
    STSM Title:

    Concealed, Chassis Integrated, Pattern Reconfigurable, Automotive Antenna

    Host Institution:

    Institute of Radio Frequency Engineering and Electronics (IHE), at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Davy Gaillot, University of Lille1, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
    Period: From 30/5/2016 to 24/5/2016
    STSM Title: Characterization and Modeling of the MIMO Radio channel in the W-band
    Host Institution: Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Murcia, Spain