Call for Short Term Scientific Missions applications

The COST ICT Action IC1403 Cryptanalysis of ubiquitous computing systems (CRYPTACUS) invites its members to apply to the call for Short Term Scientific Missions (exchange visits).


Researchers have only recently started to focus on the security of ubiquitous computing systems. Despite the critical flaws found, the required highly-specialized skills and the isolation of the involved disciplines are a true barrier for identifying additional issues. The goal of CRYPTACUS is to establish a network of complementary skills, so that expertise in cryptography, information security, privacy, and embedded systems can be put to work together. The COST action aims to bring together European experts in the following areas: security and privacy models, cryptanalysis of cryptographic protocols and primitives, hardware and software security engineering, and security and privacy analysis of real-world systems. The outcome will directly help industry stakeholders and regulatory bodies to increase security and privacy in ubiquitous computing systems, in order to enhance the protection the citizens.


STSMs (Exchange Visits) are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to go to an institution 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. STSMs are particularly intended for young scientists (less than 8 years after PhD).


Min 5 days, max 90 days (extended days beyond 90 days are possible).

Financial support

A STSM Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of  the Grantee. The calculation of the financial contribution for each STSM must respect the following criteria:
– Up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant;
– Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.

The upper limit is EUR 3 500 in total for Early Career Investigators performing a longer mission, between 91 and 180 calendar days. Note that the values above are maximum values.

The applicant must tightly calculate the requested budget, taking the cost of life  of the visited city into account. Cryptacus may reject an STSM application if the requested budget is not suited to the mission

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 IC1403 is available online at


The application requests are processed all along the year.


Please, fill in a form at and then send the resulting PDF (including your CV, mission statement and duration) to Bart Preneel (STSM Coordinator), COSIC KU Leuven, email: bart.preneel[at] The committee consists of Bart Preneel (chair) and the Working Group Leaders.


STSM applicants will be selected with the aim to promote scientific excellence; special attention will be paid to mainstreaming gender equality, development of collaborations with or within inclusiveness countries as defined by the COST Office, and support of Early Career Investigators.

If your organization is not yet a CRYPTACUS member, you should contact Gildas Avoine (Coordinator), INSA Rennes, gildas.avoine[at] for more information on rules of participation.