Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, 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 / organisations.  Specific additional provisions have been enacted to encourage the participation of Early Career Investigators (An individual who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (full-time equivalent)).

1st call for Short Term Scientific Missions occurring between 15th July 2018 – 15th March 2019 (call 1, grant period 3, deadline 15th June 2018)

RANCARE (COST Action 15208) announces that it will finance a limited number of Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM). STSM are institutional visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, fostering collaboration between individuals. STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The institutions / organisation or legal entity where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home Institutions. The Host Institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant.

Those interested, may propose a STSM, however every arrangement (for example contact with the host institution, letter of invitation etc) must be done by themselves. The proposed STSM must be in accordance with the aim of RANCARE.

All applications, will be evaluated against specific criteria.

Further information on how to apply for a grant, can be found here.

Applicants should carefully read section 8 of the COST Vademecum.

For further information, those interested may contact Dr Georgios Efstathiou, STSM coordinator, at

University of Turku, Finland
Applications from Early Career Investigators  are accepted for STSM at the University of Turku in Finland. Those interested, may contact Professor Riitta Suhonen at, for further information.

Previous calls

1st call for STSM applications for missions occurring between 1st July 2017 – 15th February 2018
(Call 1 – Grant Period 2, Deadline 30th May 2017)

“STSM was an excellent way how to establish close collaboration between
researchers from different countries. STSM for me was also a good
opportunity to discuss the research focusing on the phenomenon of missed
nursing care with other experienced researchers from different
perspectives. Thanks to STSM I could work on research protocol during
individual mobility at university under a supervision of well-known
expert from the investigated field.”

Renáta Zeleníková,
Czech Republic

“It was really great to spend a month in Maastricht in the Netherlands. The STSM in the Department of International Health, Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences in Maastricht University was a great opportunity to meet with other researchers interested in leadership. We could talk, discuss and argue. But at the end we all looked at the same direction – to make leadership much more effective at every level of nursing practice. One of the most important results of STSM mission was the idea that efficient and effective leadership may be one of the answers to the problem of rationing nursing care in nursing profession. Now it will be much easier to establish future collaboration between nurses and other medical specialists. I have many new friends. And Maastricht before the Christmas time was marvelous and really like in a fairytale.”

Joanna Gotlib,

2nd call for STSM applications for missions occurring between 15th October 2017 – 30th March 2018
(Call 2 – Grant Period 2, Deadline 10th September 2017)

“The STSM gave me the opportunity to meet with other researchers and people from academia who share common scientific interests. I had the chance to learn from researchers that already have conducted research in the field of rationing and missed nursing care and develop clinical research skills in several areas of this phenomenon. In addition, the experiences that I obtained from the STSM gave me the tools to cultivate a relationship with the other researchers and establish future collaborations.”

George Savva,

The STSM in Bozen, Italy at the Claudiana “Landesfachhochschule für Gesundheitsberufe” was an excellent opportunity to work in an international team on the analysis of the implicit rationing of nursing and its influencing factors data, which were collected in two empirical studies in Italy and Switzerland. The intensive work on this data and the discussion of the results gave us some new insights regarding the factors that seems to contribute to the shown similarities and differences in the rationing levels, like difference in the culture, responsibilities, scope of duties, qualification of the nurses. Furthermore, the STSM was for me a great opportunity to foster the pre-existing collaboration, to connect with other researcher and co-operators from the Claudiana and to exchange ideas about future project.

Maria Schubert,

For me, doing a fellowship abroad was a “pending issue in my life”. STSM provided me the oportunity to accomplish it, and therefore I am very thankful to them.
My STSM has been in Plymouth University and Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital in United Kingdom. It has been great to know how a National Health Service safeguard patient safety in so many ways, from the beside and organisational point of view, including having simulation units in different hospital. I met many researchers, nurses and lecturers what created an “eye-opening experience”. It has been a great time to work in some research projects with an international expert on the field from whom I can learn a lot. Moreover, we are starting some collaborations within universities and other visits. It has been a pleasure to work with such warming people. Looking forward to go back and keep working with them. Highly recommended experience.

Mireia Llaurado-Serra,

3rd call for STSM applications for missions occurring between 1st January 2018 – 8th April 2018
(Call 3 – Grant Period 2, Deadline 10th December 2017)

The STSM at the Department of Nursing Science, the University of Turku in Finland gave me an amazing opportunity to meet professionals from the field of nursing and discuss with them the phenomenon of implicit rationing of nursing care. Also, these discussions helped me to clarify the concept of my PhD thesis. In addition, the STSM was one of the best experience in my professional career. Within the STSM, I have met a lot of experts from the field and also we have established the future collaboration. However, I have to emphasize that I learned a lot of new things especially in the field of the development process of instruments and it enriched me not just professionally but also personally.

Dominika Kalánková,

4th call for STSM applications for missions occurring between 5th March 2018 and 6th April 2018
(Call 4 – Grant Period 2, Deadline 2nd March 2018)