Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are transnational individual mobility visits aimed at fostering human capacity development and scientific collaboration within the ARBRE-MOBIEU molecular biophysics community.
Some of their priority goals are to promote exchange of expertise and integration between technologies, and to catalyze and stimulate joint research actions and benchmarking actions. However, any proposal aimed at consolidating the scientific and technological framework of the ARBRE-MOBIEU community or opening it to new horizons can be considered.
STSMs will aimed more specifically towards technical staff and Early Career Investigators (PhD students or scientists having completed their PhD in the last 8 years), in accordance with the MOBIEU Memorandum of Understanding and the general rules of the COST association.
STSM funding can support travel and accommodation but not the actual cost of experiments/ instrument access. STSM must be carried out in a different country than the home country of the applicant. At the end of the mission, the grantee will have to fill in a short report and send it to STSM coordinator.
In case the mission will result in a publication, it is mandatory to place one of the following sentences in the Acknowledgements:
“This article is based on work funded by COST Action (CA15126 MOBIEU)”;
“This work benefited from STSM funding by COST Action (CA15126 MOBIEU)”.
Further information about STSM are available on COST website and in COST Vademecum (pages 35 and 36), where you can find financial details and rules that apply. The whole procedure is very clearly and user friendly described in STSM user guide.
Both home and host institutions have to be active members of ARBRE-MOBIEU COST Action.