Short Term Scientific Missions of the PESFOR-W COST Action

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers that contribute to the objectives of the Action.

The second call in the second grant period is now open - details are available here

The first call in the second grant period is now open - details are available here

The priority topics for STSMs during the second grant period will include:

1.  Exploring potential investors' perceptions of what would be needed to attract them to purchase credits, and interest in providing finance.

2.  Exploring motivations and barriers of other potential PES participants (e.g. farmers, water utilities, landowners and the general public).

3.  Completing review of pollutant and ES models' suitability to quantify impacts of woodland measures on diffuse pollution at a range of scales.

4.  Approaches to quantifying cost-effectiveness of woodlands for water PES.

5. Demand-side (buyer) motivations of W-for-W PES

6. Collecting key data, including financial and socioeconomic information, on W-for-W PES schemes for Case Study fact sheets.


  • Applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow, or employed by/affiliated to an institution with a research remit.
  • Financial support for STSMs lasting three months or less is limited to a maximum of €2500.
  • For Early Career Investigators (ECIs - i.e. those within 8 years of completing a doctorate) longer STSMs lasting between 3-6 months are also an option, with the maximum financial support available for these €3500.
  • STSMs must start and finish within one of the Action's 6 or 12 month Grant Periods.  (it is not possible for an STSM to start in one Grant Period and finish in another).  For the first grant period, STSMs must be completed by the end of April 2017.
  • Within 4 weeks of an STSM being completed, the Grantee must submit a scientific report to the Action Vice Chair, STSM Co-ordinator and the Host institution (with payment of the Grant subject to the report being approved).

Criteria for selecting STSMs will include:-

  • Relevance to the Action and Topic of the call.
  • Quality of the workplan
  • Output(s) proposed
  • COST policies on promoting gender balance, enabling ECIs and broadening geographical inclusiveness.
  • Budget (cost in relation to work proposed).

Under COST rules, for the duration of their STSM, successful applicants become ineligible for reimbursement of subsistence expenses (hotels and meals) for COST Action meetings - including those of other Actions (irrespective of MC membership, or leadership position held).

The STSM coordinator for PESFOR-W is Dr Zuzana Sarvasova (contacts below) and enquiries and applications should be made to her in the first instance.  Applications can only be submitted by using the on-line registration tool described in the COST Vademecum and forwarding the necessary documents to the STSM Manager.


Dr Zuzana Sarvasova, National Forest Centre, Zvolen, Slovakia.

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tel: +42 145 531 4124