Application guide for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)
TRANSAUTOPHAGY supports Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs), i.e., exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific agenda of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions. The STSMs are intended especially for young researchers, i.e., PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. The duration of a standard STSM is between 5-90 days and the grant is 2500€ maximum. In addition, Early Career Investigators (ECI, i.e., a researcher with less than 8 years since obtaining the PhD/doctorate) can apply for a ECI STSM of 91-180 days and a maximum grant of 3500€. The award usually covers economy travel and accommodation/subsistence, however the financial support is a contribution to the costs of a STSM and may not necessarily cover all the costs. Note, the STSM does not support research costs. The application has to be submitted by the applicant. STSM calls occur continuously but the committee will evaluate 3-times per year. Detailed STSM information can be found here.
Eligibility and assessment criteria
Use the COST online registration tool at https https://e-services.cost.eu/user/login/STSM to register your request for a STSM. Select Action CA15138 from the dropdown list. The following information should be included in the registration form:
Submit the online STSM registration by pressing the “submit” button. The COST online registration tool will now generate the formal STSM application, which you should download.
Compile the STSM application package consisting of:
E-mail your STSM application package as one pdf file entitled with your surname to the TRANSAUTOPHAGY STSM coordinators (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cc:ed to your host. Please, write TRANSAUTOPHAGY STSM in the subject line of your e-mail. The STSM coordinator will distribute the STSM applications to the TRANSAUTOPHAGY STSM Committee, who will assess and approve/reject the application. The coordinator will inform you about the decision as well as inform the MC Chair and Grant Holder Institution. The STSM grant is a fixed contribution based on the budget requested and the evaluation of the application by the STSM Committee and is paid after completion of the STSM.
Our e-COST financial administrator () at the Grant Holder Institution will email your STSM Grant letter, which you should sign and return by e-mail before the start of your STSM.
Within four weeks after completion of your STSM, you should send a short report to the STSM coordinator (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cc:ed to your host. The report should concisely (~2 pages) describe:
Your host should confirm that she/he has approved your report by e-mail to the STSM coordinator. After approval of your report by the STSM coordinator, the TRANSAUTOPHAGY financial administrator will handle your payment.
Please remember to acknowledge the STSM grant support by COST Action CA15138/ TRANSAUTOPHAGY in your future joint publication. Please use the following sentence: This article is based upon work from COST Action (TRANSAUTOPHAGY CA15138), supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).