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Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

STSM are institutional visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, fostering collaboration between individuals.

The Call for STSM applications is open all time for the running Grant Period.

Who can apply?
• Any individual affiliated to a Legal entity according to the Annotated Rules for COST Actions. 
For full information on COST STSM rules see ANNOTATED RULES FOR COST ACTIONS (Brussels, 27 July, 2021, COST 094/21, version 1.3), sections A2-1.1.1, A2-2 and A2-3: https://www.cost.eu/uploads/2022/12/COST-094-21-Annotated-Rules-for-COST-Actions-Level-C-V1.3.pdf .

Amount of grants:
• The financial support: 

  • is limited to covering travel and subsistence expenses and is paid as a grant;
  • may not necessarily cover all of the associated outgoings;

• duration of STSM: 5 to 90 calendar days;

• grantee notification is through the e-COST system.

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How to apply

To apply for an STSM within the COST Action “European Network to Advance Best practices & technoLogy on medication adherencE” (ENABLE) CA19132, please follow the steps below:

  1. Read the funding rules detailed in Annex 2 of the Annotated Rules for COST Actions (https://www.cost.eu/uploads/2022/12/COST-094-21-Annotated-Rules-for-COST-Actions-Level-C-V1.3.pdf)
  2. Obtain a written agreement of the HOST institution, before applying.
  3. Obtain a written agreement of the HOME institution, before applying.
  4. Create an e-COST profile (https://e-services.cost.eu/)
  5. Create a STSM application on e-COST (https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm).

If you wish to participate, please fill in the form for STSM Application, by clicking the button below.

For further queries please contact the ENABLE Adherence CA 19132 STSM committee Coordinator, Prof. Dr. Guenka PETROVA, at: gpetrova@pharmfac.mu-sofia.bg 

Evaluation of Applications and Selection of Grantees

The applications will be assessed by the STSM Committee and the STSM Coordinator against the perceived contribution that the proposed visit will make against the scientific objectives outlined in the Action’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

STSM applicants should not book anything (e.g., transportation or accommodation)
before receiving the confirmation of the STSM committee.

For further queries please contact the ENABLE Adherence CA 19132 STSM committee Coordinator, Prof. Dr. Guenka PETROVA, at: gpetrova@pharmfac.mu-sofia.bg 

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After the STSM

The STSM Grantee is required to submit a short scientific report to the Host Institution and the STSM
Committee for formal approval within 30 days after the end date of the STSM. Written approval of the
scientific report by the Host Institution and STSM Committee must be uploaded in e-COST for archiving
purposes.

For full information see ANNOTATED RULES FOR COST ACTIONS (Brussels, 27 July, 2021, COST 094/21, version 1.3): https://www.cost.eu/uploads/2022/12/COST-094-21-Annotated-Rules-for-COST-Actions-Level-C-V1.3.pdf .

The failure to submit the scientific report on time will effectively cancel the grant.

For further queries please contact the ENABLE Adherence CA 19132 STSM committee Coordinator, Prof. Dr. Guenka PETROVA, at: gpetrova@pharmfac.mu-sofia.bg 

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are exchange visits in a COST Action supporting researchers’ individual mobility to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country, aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action to establish new partnerships, learn or share new techniques, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/organisation. The institutions / organisation or legal entity where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home Institutions. The Host Institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant.

A STSM applicant can be an Early Career or an Advanced Career Researchers and must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

A STSM applicant must specifically contribute to the research objectives of the COST Action for which it is submitted the STSM duration varies between 5 and 90 days. The STSM will be a fixed grant to cover part of the travel expenses and living allowance. The cost of research materials is not eligible for consideration as part of the grant. Please note that the awarded grant will be paid only after the STSM has been completed – therefore the applicant must have approval and prior financial support e.g., from their own institution.

For a step-by-step guide to applying for an STSM and the criteria by which STSM applications will be assessed, detailed rules regarding eligibility and financial support, please see the ANNOTATED RULES FOR COST ACTIONS (Brussels, 27 July, 2021, COST 094/21, version 1.3), sections A2-1.1.1, A2-2 and A2-3:

https://www.cost.eu/uploads/2022/12/COST-094-21-Annotated-Rules-for-COST-Actions-Level-C-V1.3.pdf.

STSM awards may be combined with other funding sources, but these must be acknowledged in the application.

For ECIs, two support letters by advanced career researchers will be required.