5th OPEN CALL for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)
Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are funded as part of the COST Action CA15212 Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe. This is a research network funded by COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology. The Action aims to build an open and flexible European network of experienced scholars, young researchers and industry representatives working on citizen science.
Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) allow scientists to conduct short research and study visits to a research institution or laboratory in another COST Country in order to strengthen the existing networks and to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to use instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution and to contribute to the scientific objectives of the Action.
The COST Action CA15212 has six working groups. STSMs are considered a great opportunity for participants to focus their work in research interests that have been highlighted by WGs or introduce new ones in light of the COST Action objectives (for details of the working groups visit http://cs-eu.net/wgs).
Those interested in submitting an application should consult the CA15212 STSM Guidelines attached to this Call for details about eligibility, grants, criteria for evaluation of applications/proposals and how to apply.
Grant Period: This Call covers the grant period May 2018 – April 2019 and any STSM should be completed during this period.
This Call will fund STSMs up to a total value of EUR2,500.
Mai 07, 2018.
STSMs need to be completed before April 30, 2019.
STSM – Eligibility
STSMs are especially intended for a postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow or a staff member in an institution, organization or legal entity which participates in this Action and has within its remit a clear association with performing research. Early Career Investigators, that is, researchers whose career spun less than 8 years between the date of the PhD/doctorate (or similar experience) and the date of involvement in this Action will be prioritized.
Evaluation and Selection of Applicants
- Objective: Strengthening the existing networks by allowing researchers to go to an institution in another COST Country to foster collaboration (e.g., to draft proposals, undertake research, etc.). Selected applicants should be targeting Action deliverables as much as possible, e.g. literature reviews or some specific tasks, as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding
- Selection procedure: Detailed guidelines for applicants How to apply for a STSM.pdf
A STSM may only be approved:
- 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;
- from a formally approved Home Institution in a Near Neighbour Country to a Host Institution in a COST participating country.
The aim of this grant is to support the costs associated with the exchange visit. This grant will not necessarily cover all expenses and is intended only as a contribution to the travel and subsistence costs of the participant. As approved by the Action Management Committee the following fixed rule will be applied:
400€ (flat rate) for the travel and 100€ for each day of the STSM. The total amount granted will not exceed 2500€
The Applicant should:
- obtain the agreement of the host institution, before submitting his/her application;
- use the on-line registration tool to register his/her request for an STSM;
- after registration, download the formal STSM application and complete it with supporting documentation (CV, full work plan, list of publications, motivation letter, letter of support from the home institute etc.);
- send the application by e-mail as attachment to:
- the future Host institution of the STSM,
- the Action STSM Coordinator: %20maria [dot] attard [at] um [dot] edu [dot] mt (Prof. Maria Attard),
- the Action Chair: Katrin [dot] Vohland [at] mfn-berlin [dot] de (Dr. Katrin Vohland) and Vice Chair: marisa [dot] ponti [at] ituniv [dot] se (Dr. Marisa Ponti).
- Submit the Application until the defined Deadline.
After completion of the STSM
Successful applicants will need to submit a scientific report to the Host Institution and to the STSM Chair and Coordinator within 30 days from the end date of the STSM, and they will be responsible for acquiring from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution confirmation of formal acceptance of the scientific report. The scientific report will also require the approval of the Action Chair or STSM coordinator in order to effect the payment of the Grant. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a brief of the STSM outputs for the Action’s website describing in summary the scientific report which will also be made available online, and be prepared to participate in the Action’s events with a poster about their STSM when applicable or when requested by the Chair or STSM coordinator.
The report should include the following information:
- Purpose of the STSM
- Description of the work carried out during the STSM
- Description of the main results obtained
- Future collaboration with the host institution (if applicable)
- Foreseen publications/articles resulting from the STSM (if applicable)
Other details to be included in the report are in the document STSMs: Guidelines for Applicants.
STMS Coordinator: Maria Attard (maria [dot] attard [at] um [dot] edu [dot] mt)
MC Chair: Katrin Vohland (katrin [dot] vohland [at] mfn-berlin [dot] de)
MC Vice-Chair: Marisa Ponti (marisa [dot] ponti [at] ituniv [dot] se)