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Short Term Scientific Missions

STSMs are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks, fostering collaboration between MCMH-EU Participants.

Short Term Scientific Missions

STSMs are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks, fostering collaboration between MCMH-EU Participants.

What is it?

To support individual mobility, strengthen existing networks, foster collaboration between COST Action participants through exchange visits. STSMs contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action while strengthening capacity building.

Who can participate?*

Applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow or may be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

* The COST Association and the Grant Holder of the COST Action may not be considered as being an STSM grantee’s employer. Grantees must make their own arrangements for all provisions related to personal security, health, taxation, social security and pension matters.

How to participate?

Before the STSM

Applicants must:
– Obtain written agreement from the Host institution that the STSM applicant may perform the activities detailed in the STSM work plan on the agreed dates;
– Complete an online STSM application;

Evaluation of the application
and selection of the Grantee

– Evaluated by STSM Committee (Core Group)
– Criteria:
1. Quality and feasibility of the workplan.
2. Quality and feasibility of the Prospected Outcome
3. Suitability of the applicant to execute the workplan and to reach the Prospected Outcome
4. Benefits of the STSM for the applicant (visitor)
5. Benefits/ contributions of the STSM for the COST Action CA 18137

After the STSM

The STSM grantee is required to submit a short scientific report to the Host institution (for information purposes only) and to the STSM Committee (Core Group) for formal approval within 30 days after the end date of the STSM.

Financial Support

– Fixed grant, minimum 5 days including travel.

– Taken within one grant period.

An STSM Grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the STSM application. STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking a given mission. 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 respect the following criteria:

  • Up to a maximum of EUR 3 500 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.
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 300 can be afforded for travel costs.
Location

Applicant in a Home Institution

To perform a STSM in a Host Institution

Located in a Participating COST Full or Cooperating Member

In another Participating COST Full or Cooperating Member
In a Participating COST Partner Member
Action MC Observer from IPC
Action MC Observer from NNC
In EU Commission, Bodies, Offices and Agencies
In an Approved European RTD Organisation
In an Approved International Organisation

An NNC Action MC Observer

In a Participating COST Full or COST Cooperating Member

Located in an Approved European RTD Organisation

In a Participating COST Full or COST Cooperating Member

What is it?

To support individual mobility, strengthen existing networks, foster collaboration between COST Action participants through exchange visits. STSMs contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action while strengthening capacity building.

Who can participate?*

Applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow or may be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

* The COST Association and the Grant Holder of the COST Action may not be considered as being an STSM grantee’s employer. Grantees must make their own arrangements for all provisions related to personal security, health, taxation, social security and pension matters.

How to participate?

Before the STSM

Applicants must:
– Obtain written agreement from the Host institution that the STSM applicant may perform the activities detailed in the STSM work plan on the agreed dates;
– Complete an online STSM application;

Evaluation of the application
and selection of the Grantee

– Evaluated by STSM Committee (Core Group)
– Criteria:
1. Quality and feasibility of the workplan.
2. Quality and feasibility of the Prospected Outcome
3. Suitability of the applicant to execute the workplan and to reach the Prospected Outcome
4. Benefits of the STSM for the applicant (visitor)
5. Benefits/ contributions of the STSM for the COST Action CA 18137

After the STSM

The STSM grantee is required to submit a short scientific report to the Host institution (for information purposes only) and to the STSM Committee (Core Group) for formal approval within 30 days after the end date of the STSM.

Financial Support

– Fixed grant, minimum 5 days including travel.

– Taken within one grant period.

An STSM Grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the STSM application. STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking a given mission. 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 respect the following criteria:

  • Up to a maximum of EUR 3 500 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.
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 300 can be afforded for travel costs.
Location
Applicant in a Home Institution

Located in a Participating COST Full or Cooperating Member

To perform a STSM in a Host Institution

– In another Participating COST Full or Cooperating Member; In a Participating COST Partner Member;
– Action MC Observer from IPC;
– Action MC Observer from NNC;
– In EU Commission, Bodies, Offices and Agencies;
– In an Approved European RTD Organisation;
– In an Approved International Organisation;

Applicant in a Home Institution

An NNC Action MC Observer

To perform a STSM in a Host Institution

In a Participating COST Full or COST Cooperating Member

Applicant in a Home Institution

Located in an Approved European RTD Organisation

To perform a STSM in a Host Institution

In a Participating COST Full or COST Cooperating Member

Open Calls
Open Calls
2ND CALL FOR SHORT TERM SCIENTIFIC MISSION (STSM) - Deadline February 17th 2020
Deadline February 17th 2020
STSM Coordinator
Prof Els DE VOS
els.devos@UAntwerpen.be

To apply for a Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) within the 2nd call for STSMs of the COST Action CA 18137 on Middle Class Mass Housing, please send the following documents (in .pdf) to Els.DeVos@UAntwerpen.be until February 17th 2020.

For the current call (2nd Call, February 2020) priority will be given to STSMs that specifically address the deliverables as described in the Memorandum of Understanding of the COST Action CA 18137. This is expressed by the assigned higher weight of criteria “5. Benefits of the STSM for the COST Action CA 18137” in the above given table of criteria.

In addition, it is expected that each STSM will – next to other planned outcomes – also contribute to the Atlas of Middle Class housing by contributing with a template and/or another contribution.

For the current call, STSMs can only proceed in the following timeframe: 17 February 2020 until 15 April 2020.

Before filling the application, please consult the STSM rules in the COST Vademecum at Section 8. In case you have any questions about the application procedure or STSM rules, please contact Els.devos@Uantwerpen.be

Documents to apply for a STSM

i) This STSM application form, filled according to your STSM plans;
ii) An invitation letter from the host institution;
iii) A support letter from the home institution;
iv) A max. 2-page CV of the visitor;
v) A list of publications of the visitor (if applicable).

What are the evaluation criteria?

Your application will then be evaluated by the STSM evaluation committee based on the following criteria:

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