Open call

COST BESTPRAC is delighted to announce a new call for Standard Short Term Scientific Missions.

Closing date for applications: September 30, 2018.

Within this call we don’t offer a group STSM so we encourage all the interested applicants to submit their individual applications.

When arranging your STSM stay with your potential host institution, please be as kind as to make sure that your STSM stay should not start prior to November 12th, 2018 and finish no later than April 7th 2019.

The Applicant should be employed at an institution of a COST participating country having accepted the Memorandum of Understanding of BESTPRAC, with a record of active participation in BESTPRAC.

Applicants who are early stage administrators (max. 8 years after the last education attainment or years in the profession as research administrator), representing the target group of BESTPRAC and coming from so-called inclusiveness countries are particularly encouraged to submit a STSM application.

All other participants of BESTPRAC interested in a STSM are, of course, also very welcome to submit an application.

Detailed guidelines for the application are available Dateidownloadhere.

Applications have to be made through the online registration tool at the official COST webpage.

For any requests regarding the STSM please send your inquiry on bestpracstsm(at)

Information from the COST Head of Science Operations

COST funds cannot be spent on the preparation of proposals for funding from any source (national, European (eg COST, Horizon2020) or international). This means that it is not possible to finance from COST funds a meeting, STSM or other activity for the purpose of preparing a Horizon 2020 (or any other) proposal. It is accepted that such discussions regarding possible future proposals might take place in the margins of  Action activities, but the focus of Action activities must always be on achieving the Action objectives as stated in the Mou and/ or implementing COST policies.