Short-Term Scientific Missions Grants (STSM): Call April 2024

TraFaDy encourages and supports Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM). STSMs are exchange visits aiming at strengthening the existing networks by allowing individual researchers to go to an institution or laboratory in other COST country to foster collaboration and contribute to the scientific objectives of the Action.

TraFaDy has received additional budget to award ITC grants. A 6th call for proposals is hereby launched. The activity needs to take place before 30th of September 2024 and needs to be in line with the general COST Action CA21143 goals and objectives and needs to be explicitely linked with one of the 6 working groups within this action.

Timings and Deadlines

The STSM grant will be awarded on a ‘first come, first served base’. The call will close when the available budget is assigned

What is a STSM?

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are exchange visits aiming at strengthening the existing networks by allowing individual scientists to go to an institution in other COST country to foster collaboration, to learn new techniques or gain access to specific instruments and/or methods or techniques not available in their own institutions. They shall have a minimum duration of 5 calendar days that includes travel. The STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of TraFaDy and its working groups..

Please be aware that the STSM must take place abroad (in other COST country) and the applicant face-to-face or virtual conferences.

Rules

The STSM applicant must be a PhD candidate or be engaged in a research programme as a postdoctoral fellow or be employed by an institution of a COST Country that has signed the MoU of the Action. Applications from Young Researchers (under 40 years) are privileged. The host institution should be actively participating in TraFaDy.

A STSM grant is a fixed contribution based on the requested budget that should reflect the duration and location of the STSM. The grant is for travel and subsistence costs only. It does not necessarily cover all such expenses. Successful applicants will receive an allowance up to €160/day and up to €600 for travel.

After the STSM, the STSM participant must submit a scientific report within 30 days after the end of his/her stays and in any case on 15th of October 2024 at the latest. The STSM grant will be paid after the exchange visit (acceptance of the scientific report and a letter from the Host are required). The STSM candidates must therefore pre-finance costs related to the STSM (travel, stay, meals). STSM applicants with an affiliation in an institution in an Inclusiveness Target Country (ITC) country can request a pre-payment of 50% of grant.

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