Short Term Scientific Missions 


1) We still have 1000 EUR available for one short STSM until end of May! Please, apply quickly to get a grant and get on board. For more information, please, contact Viacheslav Izosimov (STSM coordinator) to viacheslav.v.izosimov at

2) We plan to publish new Call for STSMs soon BUT we have already some applications targeting visits after the summer. Please, be quick in applying for new grants already now and start packing your travel bag today! Early-Stage Researchers are especially welcome and we strive for a gender balance in application process. Action prioritizes short STSMs (less than a month) but STSMs up to 3 months are possible. For more information, please, contact Viacheslav Izosimov (STSM coordinator) to viacheslav.v.izosimov at

Call for Proposals

The COST Action IC1204 “Trustworthy manufacturing and utilization of secure devices” invites members’s applications to the call for Short Term Scientific Missions (exchange visits).

The COST action aims at creating a European network of competence and experts on all aspects of hardware security including design, manufacturing, testing, reliability, validation and utilization.

STSMs (Exchange Visits) are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST Country to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory.

STSMs are particularly intended for young scientists.

Why to bother about hardware security? Hardware security is becoming increasingly important for many embedded systems applications ranging from small RFID tag to satellites orbiting the earth. Its relevance is expected to increase in the upcoming decades as secure applications such as public services, communication, control and healthcare will keep growing. The vulnerability of hardware devices that implement cryptography functions (including smart cards) has become the Achille’s heel in the last decade. Therefore, the industry is recognizing the significance of hardware security to combat semiconductor device counterfeiting, theft of service and tampering.

Duration: min 1 week, max 3 months (more for Early Stage Researchers = less than PhD +8 years).

Financial support: up to € 2 500 for up to 3 months (or € 3 500 for Early Stage Researchers for periods of stay above 3 months). € 60 to 90 for the daily allowance in particular for longer stays and € 300 for the travel is recommended (deviations possible, special rules may apply).

Insurance, employment, etc.:  For the period of the STSM neither the MC of the Action nor the COST Office may be considered as the employer and grantees must make their own arrangements for all health, social, personal security and pension matters.

Who can apply? The Applicant should normally be engaged in a programme of research as a postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow or be employed in an institution of a COST Country having accepted the Memorandum of Understanding of the Action.

Who to visit?  From a home institution in a COST participating country to a host institution in another COST participating country or to a formally approved host institution in a non-COST country (or from a formally approved home institution in a Near Neighbour country to a host institution in a COST participating country). The list of institutions and COST participating countries of the Action IC1204 is available online at

Please, send your STSM applications to (including your CV, mission statement and duration):
Dr. Viacheslav Izosimov (STSM Coordinator), Semcon. Mail: viacheslav.v.izosimov[at]

Your organization is not yet a TRUDEVICE member?
Please, contact for more information on the COST Action and rules of participation:
Prof. Giorgio Di Natale (Coordinator), LIRMM, giorgio.dinatale[at]
Prof. Ilia Polian (Vice Coordinator), U. of Passau, ilia.polian[at]