The aim of PROFOUND is to evaluate and improve our ability to predict the consequences of environmental change for European forests by addressing open questions regarding data needs, scaling, parameterization, and predictive accuracy of European forest models.

Short-term scientific missions (STSM) are exchange visits between researchers from COST countries, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country or a partner country. They are aimed at fostering collaboration, and sharing new techniques and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants’ institutions or laboratories. STSMs are open for all researchers, but especially for young researchers at the start of their careers. STSMs should serve the aims and objectives of PROFOUND.

A STSM grant is a fixed contribution based on the budget requested by the applicant and the evaluation of the application by the MC Chair /STSM Coordinator or Committee. This grant will not necessarily cover all expenses; it is intended only as a contribution to the travel and subsistence costs of the participant.

Brief information

  • Duration: 5 – 90 days
  • Max. 2.500€ in total

Additional option for early stage researchers

  • Duration: 91 – 180 days
  • Max. 3.500€ in total

The article “Short-Term Missions, Long-Lasting Results” on the COST website may give an idea of what STSM may offer.

How to apply
The 8th call (pdf) is now open until 20th of December 2017. Decision and notification shortly thereafter. Your STSM can start already on 5th of January and should be finished before end of 15th of April 2018.

In order to receive a STSM grant, the applicant must:

  1. Obtain the written agreement of both the host institution (letter of invitation) and the home institution (letter of support), before submitting an application. These can be official letters or emails.

  2. Complete the online application form.

  3. Send the completed file as e-mail attachment together with the supporting documents (listed below) to the STSM host institution, the STSM coordinator (Klara Dolos, and the MC Chair (Christopher Reyer,

  4. Besides the internal reporting for COST, successful applicants are expected to present their work during PROFOUND meetings and write a short summary of the STSM for the PROFOUND website.

The following information must be provided in one single PDF:

  • Applicant’s full CV including personal details, home institution, key academic details of applicant (e.g. higher education degree, further qualifications, list of publications)

  • Motivation letter

  • Work plan detailing the proposed activity

  • Projected financial budget: Amount for travel and subsistence. Briefly explain your budget request, especially if subsistence costs are high

  • Applicant’s bank details

  • Details of the host institution: name, address, etc.

  • Letter of support (Home Institution)

  • Letter of invitation (Host Institution)

Please refer to chapter 7 (p. 35-36) of the COST Vademecum (PDF, 3 MB) before you submit an application. You will find further important information on e.g. evaluation criteria and your report in the PROFOUND STSM-Info (PDF, 470 KB).

Please also refer to chapter 6 (p. 32-34) of the COST Vademecum (PDF, 1 MB) before you submit an application.

For further information please contact Klara Dolos ( or Christopher Reyer (