Our COST Action maintains an open research network and welcomes new participants and contributions. The main research and dissemination activities are carried out by our 5 Working Groups. Please contact the respective Working Group leaders to check how to contribute to the goals of a Working Group. To be eligible for financial support, your country must have joined our Action and signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (add link). The acceptance of new countries is subject to a vote of our Management Committee. A list of countries that have already joined our Action can be found by following this link: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/cmst/CM1403?parties.

COST provides two types of grants in particular dedicated to PhD students and Early Career Investigators (a researcher within 8 years after completing the PhD degree):

  1. Short-term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

An STSM consists of an exchange visit in a partner laboratory to carry out a joint research project, to learn a new research method, publish a jointly authored article or other activities related to upconversion research. Both the home and the host institution must be in located in a country that has joined our Action.

To apply for an STSM you must have the consent of the institution where you plan to go. Grants are awarded up to a maximum of €2,500 to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for PhD students and €3,500 for Early Career Investigators (but these larger grants are only available for visits of over 90 days). The grants are intended to cover the cost of travel and accommodation.

Applicants must make a clear case that their STSM is relevant to the topic of our Action. They should specify the expected outcome and explain clearly not only how the STSM will enhance their own research but also why the host Institution is appropriate and what value will be added by the collaboration. They must also ensure that they can provide evidence of the commitment of the host Institution to host the STSM and provide the name of the person in the host Institution who will supervise it.

To apply for an STSM,fill in the online form at https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm

You will then need to prepare a detailed application. Information on how to do this can be downloaded from COST Action IS 1202 STSM procedures

Once you have completed your application, send it to our STSM Manager Prof. Artur Bednarkiewicz (a.bednarkiewicz(at)int.pan.wroc.pl).

  1. Training schools

Training schools are organized by the Working Groups to provide training for young researchers. They consist of a theoretical and a practical part. We have already organized a Training Schools:

For our next events have a look at our news page. To apply for participating in a training school, please contact our Training Manager Prof. José Garcia Solé (jose.garcia_sole(at)uam.es) using the subject line “training school application”. We can typically only provide a limited number of places for a Training Schools. If you have been selected for a Training School your grant will cover your travel and accommodation costs.


COST Action CM1403 (2014-2018)

Chair: dr Hans Gorris (University of Regensburg, Germany)

Vice-Chair: prof.Tero Soukka (University of Turku, Finland)

COST Science Officer: Dr. Lucia Forzi (Bruseels, Belgium)

STSMs Manager: dr hab. Artur Bednarkiewicz (PAS & WCB EIT+, Poland)


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