Short Term Scientific Missions
Through the Short Term Scientific Missions Euro-FBP will support researchers who wish to visit other partner institutions in our COST Action network (call to be issued soon).
Who is eligible?
How to apply for a STSM
Final report of the STSM
Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are aimed at supporting individual mobility and at strengthening the existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing scientists to visit an institution in another participating COST country or an approved NNC or IPC institution.
STSMs in Euro-FBP should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those participating in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions / organisations, in particular of relevance for developing and performing research on foodborne parasites. Please note that STSMs that are associated less clearly associated with foodborne parasites and the objectives of Euro-FBP will not be prioritized. Early-stage researchers (ESRs) are encouraged to participate in the Action activities and their applications will be prioritised. Gender-balance will also be considered. An applicant can be considered as being an ESR when the time that has elapsed between the award date of his/her PhD does not exceed 8 years.
Applicants coming from Inclusiveness Target Countries will be also given priority.
STSMs in general aim to be a focus for researchers wishing to contribute to the tasks of Working Groups (WGs). For more information on the work of WGs, please contact WG Leaders. They may also be able to help you identify a host institution:
WG1 (ranking and surveillance): Joke van der Giessen, RIVM, Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
WG2 (analytical and diagnostic methods): Christian Klotz, Robert Koch Institute, Germany, KlotzC@rki.de
WG3: (interventions): Neil Rowan, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland, nrowan@AIT.IE
WG4: (trends, risk, research agenda) Paul Torgerson, University of Zürich, Switzerland, email@example.com
For more general information on STSMs, please contact STSM coordinators (Ricardo Santos (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Smaro Sotiraki (email@example.com).
The deadlines for applications are November 30th, January 30th and February 29th, but applications can be submitted before. The applications will be assessed the STSM Committee members.
STSMs need to take place according to the following rules: - be a minimum duration of 5 days; - be a maximum duration of 90 days; - needs to be carried out in their entirety within a single 2-year grant period and within the Action's lifetime.
However, exceptions can be made for ESRs wishing to stay for 91-180 days. For more details regarding the regulations related to STSM, please refer to the COST Vademecum (http://www.cost.eu/participate) .
The STSM-committee will evaluate the applications and select grantees based on the following criteria:
Interested Researchers can apply by following the directions provided below.
The applicant will be formally notified of the outcome of their STSM application by the STSM Coordinators no more than 4 weeks after the application was received.
Financial support is limited to cover travel, accommodation and meal expenses and is paid in the form of a grant.
Specific Euro-FBP rules concerning financial support for STSMs
Daily flat rate per Country
After the STSM is finished, the grantee is required to submit a short scientific report to the host institution and to the STSM Coordinator no later than 30 days after the end date of the STSM for approval.
The report should not be less than 5 pages and include the following:
Failure to submit the scientific report within 30 days will effectively cancel the grant. The STSM Coordinators Team is responsible for approving the scientific report and informing the Grant Holder that the STSM has been successfully accomplished. After receipt of the approval by email, the Grant Holder will execute the payment of the grant.
Please note that the reimbursement of STSM grantees will be done after the mission is over and the final report is submitted by the STSM participant. Exceptions to this rule cannot be granted.
The final report will be uploaded to the Euro-FBP webpage.
For more details on STSM rules (eg. onfinancial support), please refer to the COST vademecum.