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Researchers participating in COST Actions can embark upon a wide range of networking opportunities e.g. the Training activities who provides mentoring and career development opportunities for young investigators to develop the next generation of leaders in science


Training Activities includes:

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are aimed at supporting individual mobility and at strengthening the existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing scientists to visit an institution in another participating COST Country or an approved NNC institution or an approved IPC institution. A STSM should specifically contribute to the objectives of the COST Targeted Network.

The aim of STSMs is to contribute to the policy and objectives of CHARME

The Applicant should normally be employed at an institution of a COST participating country having accepted the MoU of CHARME and with a record of active participation in the Action.

Please follow this link to apply for a Short-term scientific mission (link opens in new window - an e-COST profile is required and can be created if needed).

You can apply for this funding period at any time but latest February 10th 2019. In case that you are interested in applying for a STSM please contact the coordinator for STSM. Dr. David Safranek from Czech Republic is heading the committee for the awarding of STSMs.

You can find the reports of the past STSM with the topic below


Early Stage Researchers are those who have completed their MD or PhD degree less than 8 years ago. Two grant mechanisms are possible for Early Stage Researchers:

Early Stage Research Conference Grants:  These grants pay for conference and travel fees when a presentation has been accepted (see below).

Training Schools

COST Actions can share knowledge and support collaboration also through Training Schools. Training Schools can be organised by a COST Action on related research topics and can provide dissemination opportunities for an Action's activities. Training Schools provide intensive training in emerging research topics within the laboratories and organisations involved in the COST Action. Participants are mainly, but not exclusively, young researchers involved in COST Actions. Training Schools also cover appropriate re-training as part of life-long learning.


Further Networking tools are:

  • Meetings, Workshops and Conferences
  • Dissemination Activities and Publications

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