Energetic, environmental and economic challenges (ES1202)


Within the context of this COST action 8 grants for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are available for the fourth grant period (year 2016). Please, note that in this ocassion all the STSM granted have to take place between the 1 February and the 30 April 2016. 

Funding can be sought for research visits to collaborating institutions. The goal of the research visits must be to facilitate scientific exchange and joint experiments between research groups, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory.

STSMs should focus on the topics of generating high quality water and sludge, resource recovery, energy, odours, greenhouse gases, emerging contaminants, economical efficiency and social acceptance in waste water treatment.

Criteria for the evaluation:

  1. The research subject must be relevant for WATER 2020.
  2. The applicant and the host must be from two different member countries
  3. STSM funding is a contribution towards travel and subsistence costs, and cannot be used as a salary.
  4. The duration of research visit: from 5 working days to 3 months (6 months for Early Stage Researchers, i.e. PhD + maximum 8 years)
  5. The maximum funding will be €2500 or €3500 for long stays. More than €2000 will be granted only in exceptional cases. Normal COST reimbursement limits apply.
  6. Early Stage Researchers have priority

Successful applicants will have to submit a scientific report within 4 weeks after the end of the STSM and to report on the next possible COST meeting.

Application procedure:

The application is created via the on-line registration tool Please refer to section 6 of “COST Vademecum (Part I)” for full instructions.

Please enclose:

  1. Project description (max 2 pages):
    • a. Purpose of your project
    • b. Purpose of the research visit in relation to your project.
    • c. Relevance for WATER 2020.
    • d. Motivation for choosing this particular host for this particular STSM.
  2. CV of applicant (1 page + publication list at least 5 years back). If the applicant has no publications, the CV of the supervisor as well as a letter of support must also be attached.
  3. Invitation letter of your host
  4. Letter of support (optional, see 2.)
  5. Budget split into travel, accommodation, and costs of living.
  6. Please also indicate if the timing of this STSM is flexible or not (e.g. if funding or laboratory resources are only available at a specific time).

The application must be submitted as one single pdf-file attached to an email to the STSMs Manager ( and copied to the Grant Holder Manager (

Important Deadlines:

For the 4th year of this COST Action, STSM proposals are managed with a Closed Call whose deadline is 16th of DECEMBER 2015.

  • Open call:  2nd December 2015
  • Deadline Submission of the application: 16th December 2015
  • Evaluation: 15th January 2016 
  • Communication to grantees:  20th January 2016


Please, note that in this ocassion all the STSM granted have to take place between the 1 February and the 30 April 2016.

More information:

For further information on STSMs contact the WATER 2020 STSM panel chair Peter Schröder, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Health, Research Unit Microbe Plant Interactions, D-85764 Neuherberg,  email: The evaluation panel consists of one expert from each working group chaired by Peter Schröder.

For further information on WATER 2020, contact the project chair Prof. Dr. Juan Lema

Group of Environmental Engineering and Bioprocesses, University of Santiago de Compostela
E-15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain

or visit the WATER2020 website: