The call for INOGOV STSMs is now closed. 

INOGOV Visiting Fellowships (Short Term Scientific Missions): call for applications

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are an integral component of INOGOV.  They are aimed at strengthening existing and fostering new collaborations. They do so by providing researchers with funds to visit an institution in another COST country, e.g. to learn new methods, share data and/or engage in collaborative projects of direct relevance to the objectives of INOGOV.

Application instructions and eligibility criteria are below.


Eligibility criteria and funding conditions

  • Applicants must be based within an institution in one of the countries participating in INOGOV. See here: list of potential host organisations with contact details is also listed below, although please note that you can apply for an STSM in any country that participates in INOGOV.
  • Applications from early stage researchers (ESRs) (e.g. those with 8 years postdoctoral experience or less) are strongly encouraged.
  • An STSM should have a minimum duration of 5 working days and maximum duration of 90 days (or maximum 6 months for ESRs).
  • Researchers may only participate in one STSM during the lifetime of INOGOV.
  • The financial support on offer is a contribution in the form of a fixed grant, to the overall expenses incurred during the STSM. It may not necessarily cover all of the associated expenses incurred. Financial support is limited to cover travel and subsistence expenses and is paid as a grant at the end of the visit.
  • No receipts are required by COST.
  • The following funding conditions apply:
    • Travel expenses cannot exceed EUR 500;
    • For accommodation and meal expenses, a maximum amount of EUR 160 per day;
    • A grantee can be afforded up to a maximum of EUR 2500 (or EUR 3500 for ESRs, if duration of STSM is more than 91 days);
    • STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the dates specified above.

Apply for an STSM

  • Carefully read the funding rules detailed in section 7 of the COST H2020 Vademecum (p28-29) This document is here:
  • Submit the following documents via email by the date stipulated above to the INOGOV Network Manager, Johanna Forster (
    • Motivation letter (2 pages, to include name of applicant and contact details; a concise project title; proposed start and end dates of the STSM; contribution to the objectives of INOGOV, and clear justification for choosing the hosting institution/researcher);
    • Acceptance letter from the host institution (stating name of applicant, time period of the STSM, and acceptance of the work plan);
    • Letter of support from the home institution to the INOGOV Network Manager;
    • Work plan (3 pages), indicating strategic links to INOGOV and expected outputs from the STSM (e.g. an academic paper, funding application, new dataset etc.);
    • CV (2 pages), including publications and previous visiting fellowships and their outputs.
  • The INOGOV Network Manager will check the application documents and if eligibility requirements are met and funding allows, the candidate is emailed and asked to input their details into e-COST. At this point, the STSM request can be approved via the COST website (‘e-COST’).
  • A short application form must then be completed (generated by e-COST after registration).
  • Once the application has been approved, the grantee will receive a grant letter and a payment request form from e-COST; the grantee must return the signed grant letter to the COST office before going abroad and inform the INOGOV Network Manager.
  • The applicant must register on e-COST six weeks before the planned stay abroad:

After the STSM

  • The applicant is expected to submit a 5 page scientific report to the host institution (for information), and the INOGOV Network Manager for approval within 30 days after the end date of the STSM. The report should include the following:
    • Aims and objectives of the STSM; description of work undertaken; main results; future collaboration possibilities with the host institution; and future plans, including potential future publications;
    • The outputs produced (e.g. academic paper, funding application, new dataset etc.);
    • Letter from the host institution which confirms that the applicant has successfully completed his/her stay;
    • Short blog type report for the INOGOV website: see examples here
  • The final report must be completed and approved within 30 days for the money transfer to take place. No travel/accommodation receipts are required.
  • The applicant is expected to acknowledge the financial support from INOGOV in all outputs arising from the STSM, by including the following text: This [study] is an outcome of COST Action IS1309 ‘Innovations in Climate Governance: Sources, Patterns and Effects’ (INOGOV).

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Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel:

Topic areas of interest: The Environment and Sustainable Development cluster at the IES carries out research on climate, energy and environment policy, politics and law. The research of the cluster also encompasses studies on the EU/European and international governance. We are interested in welcoming researchers working on any of our research themes, see: for more information.

Public Governance Institute:; Leuven International and European Studies (LINES):

Topic areas of interest: The University of Leuven will host an INOGOV workshop on “The Global Turn to Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading: Experiments, Innovation, Actors, Drivers and Consequences”, which will take place on 8 & 9 February 2016. Visiting fellows who are interested in innovation and the diffusion of greenhouse gas emissions trading could combine their stay in Leuven with the participation in the workshop. Generally, the diffusion of climate policy and climate policy entrepreneurship are areas in which we would like to cooperate with visiting fellows.

Timing: Until the end of February 2016



Finnish Environment Institute,

Topic areas of interest: Governance studies / Governance innovations in both climate change mitigation and adaptation, links to ecosystem services / evaluation of policy innovations

Timing: Flexible and negotiable, but not possible during July



Sciences Po Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux

Topic areas of interest: Identifying, synthesising and exploring the main enablers of and obstacles to policy and governance innovation in relation to mitigation and/or adaptation articulation between the transnational and the national and sub-national policy levels.

Timing: From January 2016



Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University,

Topic areas of interest: Diffusion of climate policies

EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment,

Topics areas of interest: Identifying, synthesizing and exploring the main enabler of and obstacles to policy and governance innovation in relation to climate change mitigation.



Hebrew University, Jerusalem,

Topics areas of interest: energy politics, energy and conflict resolution

Timing: All year except between June-October



Bocconi University – IEFE – Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy – Milan, Italy,

Topic areas of interest: identifying innovations in climate governance at regional and local levels; integrating climate policies in a multi-level governance perspective; evaluating regional and local climate policies.

Timing: Any time except August



VU University, Institute for Environmental Studies OR Faculty of Management and Science, Netherlands Open University.

Topics areas of interest: Invention and evaluation of climate policy

Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht (URU) of the Department for Human Geography and Planning at Utrecht University,

Topic areas of interest: With particular focus on INOGOV Working Groups 3 and 4 / innovative forms of policy and governance for climate change / focus on modes of governance for bridging land and water management.

Faculty of  Management, Science and Technology, Open University,  Heerlen, the Netherlands.< (Information unfortunately only available in Dutch. Please also refer to

Topic areas of interest: Interested in all INOGOV related themes, but special interests in innovation in water management; climate adaptation policy; innovative approaches in mitigating marine litter ‘plastic soup’; innovation in nature policy and environmental planning; linking ‘learning’ and innovation for sustainable development.



Department of Political Science University of Oslo CICERO-Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo

Topic areas of interest: Comparative climate politics / EU climate policy / Renewables policy / National climate- and energy policies in Norway, Sweden and the UK / Climate policy invention / Policy entrepreneurship



CE SPECTRA – Centre for Strategic Analyses:

Topic areas of interest: Main research activities focus around novel approaches in studying environmental governance. Particular focus on analysing and predicting individual and group behaviour in decision making considering the complexity and uncertainty of external disturbances.  Activities are carried out within experimental platform Virtual commons, established by the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity (CSID), Arizona State University and under partnership with Earth System Governance. SPECTRA has the Laboratory of Experimental Social Sciences (VEEL), whose mission is to increase innovative potential of  interdisciplinary research and education.  For more information:



Department  of Political Science, Lund University,

Topic areas of interest: polycentric governance, sources of policy and governance innovation, legitimacy, diffusion between levels

Timing: All through the year, however the department is very quiet in July and August



Topic areas of interest: Research topics should be related programs supported by the Center for International Environmental Studies. Applicants should establish contact with scholars in the center in relation to research on climate and innovation. For more information on programs go to this link.

Energy Politics Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich),

Topic areas of interest: Our research centers on questions related to the governance of technological change in the energy sector. Specifically, we analyze how policy, and its underlying politics affect the invention, innovation, and diffusion of new technology, and how this technological change feedbacks into the policy process. In the context of INOGOV STSMs we are interested in welcoming researchers working on topics related to the interaction of technological change and policy innovations.

Timing: flexible



Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, Norwich,

Topic areas of interest: Working groups 1, 2 and 3; with particular expertise in EU related topics and themes