2nd Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)
Applications for Missions ocurring between 01 July 2015 and 29 April 2016
All STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the dates specified above COST strives to support European scientists in their networking activities by Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) that will allow scientists to learn from an institution in another COST country. STSMs involve visiting a partner institution for a period of up to 3 months to improve closer cooperation and exchange, to develop capacity building and joint research, publications, and preparation of future projects. The following detailed information is withdrawn from COST H2020 VADEMECUM (pages 28-29).
Who can apply?
- STSM applicants are PhD or post-doctoral researchers, or employed by or officially affiliated to an institution or legal entity (public or private, as Home Institution);
- COST Action IS1311 INTERFASOL subscrives COST strategy towards increased support of Early Career Investigators (ECI) (COST 295/09). Therefore, the participation of ECIs in STSM is particularly encouraged. An applicant can be considered as being an ESR when the time that has elapsed between the award date of the applicant’s PhD and the date of the applicant’s first involvement in the COST Action IS1311 INTERFASOL does not exceed 8 years. PhD students are also eligible to partake in STSMs.
- The table below (see category A) details the possible STSM scenarios available to the respective Researcher. The Host institution (category B) concerns the institution/organisation that will host the successful applicant.
|A) Researcher in a Home Institution||B) To Perform a STSM in a Host Institution|
|Located in an institution in a Participating COST Country or Cooperating State||In another Participating COST Country or Cooperating StateIn an approved NNC institution*In an approved IPC institution*In an approved Specific organisation*|
|Located in an approved NNC institution*||In a Participating COST Country or Cooperating State|
|Located in an approved European RTD Organisation*||In a Participating COST Country or Cooperating State|
* – For the time being, there are no such cases in COST Action IS1311 INTERFASOL
Amount of grants
- STSM can have a duration of between 5 days and 90 days (and up to 180 days if the
applicant is an ECI).
- The financial support on offer is a contribution to the overall expenses incurred during the STSM and may not necessarily cover all of the associated expenses. Financial support is limited to cover travel and subsistence expenses and is paid as a grant.
- During an STSM neither the MC, nor the COST Office nor the Grant Holder may be considered as an employer. Grantees must make their own arrangements for all health, social, social security and pension matters.
- The following funding conditions apply and must be respected:
- For accommodation and meal expenses, a maximum amount of EUR 160 per day can be considered;
- A grantee can be afforded up to a maximum of EUR 2500;
- For ECI (with a duration of more than 91 days), a maximum amount of EUR 3500 can be afforded to the grantee;
- STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the dates specified in this call.
How to apply?
The applicant is responsible for choosing and contact the Host institution and for organizing the application process. He/she has to complete the online application form (https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm) and sent it to the MC Chairs and to the STSM coordinator, attaching the following documents:
- Publication list;
- Work plan;
- Written agreement letter from the host institution;
- Support letter from the home institution;
- Motivation letter, highlighting the importance of the mission for this COST Action, and for his/her own training and career.
The selection of applicants is based on the scientific scope of the STSM application which must clearly compliment the overall objectives of the Action.
When to apply?
The current call is open till 31st May 2015. Feedback will be given until 30th June 2015.
STSMs are eligible within the period: 1st July 2015 – 29th April 2016.
MC Chair and STSM Coordinator
Prof Marie Anne Fontaine
University of Porto
Prof Dr Dieter Ferring
University of Luxembourg