Short-term scientific missions

Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers.


An STSM specifically contributes to the scientific objectives of SEA-UNICORN, whilst allowing participants to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments or methods not available in their own institutions/organisations, and establishing/reinforcing collaboration between researchers.

Participating rules

Calls for applications will be opened every 6 months, for STSMs of €500-3500 each, depending on the amount of work involved. The collection and evaluation of STSMs applications are under the responsibility of the Grant Awarding Committee. Rules for applying can be found here.


In particular, STSMs will have to respect the following criteria:

  1. Applicants may be engaged in an official research program as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow or be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

  2. Minimum duration of 5 days and maximum duration of 90 days.

Calls for application

​The first STSM call was opened in April 2021 for STSMs to take place between May and August 2021.

The next STSM call will be opened shortly.

1st STSM call:
  • Opening and closing dates: 7 to 15 April 2021

  • Final date for submission of applications on a rolling basis: 31 May 2021

  • Earliest start day for the STSMs: 15 May  2021

  • Latest day for completing the STSMs: 31 August  2021

Approved STSMs

There are no approved STSMs as of yet.​


Patrick Keith (UK)

Home institution

University of Essex

Host institution

Santander Oceanographic Institute


How do latitude and depth impact predator-prey mass ratios and biological connectivity in the Southern Ocean.


4 weeks


Eitan Reem (Israel)

Home institution

Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research

Host institution

Marine Biological Association


Analyzing the connectivity among three different clades of the colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri.


2 weeks



Grant Awarding Coordinator


Filip Volckaert 

KU Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

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