Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) – 1st Call for application

By: Dr. Fiona Ling
Short Term Scientific Mission Coordinator
Northumbria University
United Kingdom

Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) is a fantastic opportunity for COST countries to accelerate the progress of DE-PASS deliverables through, e.g. learning new research techniques/skills that not available in the home institution of the Applicant. The 1st call of STSM for DE-PASS will open for application on 9 April, 2021. This call is specifically targeting WG2 – Deliverable 2.3 and 2.5 (for details of the deliverables, please go to Working Group 2 page). All interested applicants please note the following –

Application deadline – 30 April, 2021
Grant period – All missions must be completed between 1 June and 15 October, 2021

Funding – Maximum EUR3,500 to cover travel, accommodation and meal expenses. Reimbursement of expenses will be processed upon approval of the final mission report. Pre-payment of 50% of the agreed grant can be requested by applicants from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC). In case of restricted travel due to COVID-19, missions can be completed by virtual means.

Mission duration – Minimum 5 calendar days

Application process – Complete an online STSM application at E-Services from COST. Please upload i) a letter of support, ii) Written agreement from the Host institution, iii) CV, and, iv) Motivation and work plan summary.

Evaluation criteria – i) Scientific scope, ii) Scientific quality of the project, iii) Scientific quality of the applicant and Host institution, iv) Research environment at the Host institution, and, v) alignment with COST policies

Report – Must be submitted within 30 days from the end date of the mission

Further details of the call, including specific tasks addressing each deliverable, can be found on the STSM page on 9 April, 2021. For any queries, please contact Dr Fiona Ling, f.ling@northumbria.ac.uk

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