The exRNA-PATH COST Action CA20110 “RNA communication across kingdoms: new mechanisms and strategies in pathogen control” is happy to announce that the first STSM call is now open.
Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are exchange visits aimed at facilitating knowledge exchange, supporting individual mobility, and fostering collaborations. Through STSM, the grantee can implement a project with an international team and gain access to specific data, expertise, equipment, and/or methods not available in their own institutions. STSM hosts benefit by receiving an international partner in their institution and can develop long-lasting collaborations.
Grant Awarding Coordinator:
GA Deputy Coordinator:
Working Group Leaders:
WG1 Kriton Kalantidis
WG2 Esther Nolte-‘t Hoen
WG3 Lionel Navarro
WG4 Guy Smagghe
The COST user guide details the whole process and how to navigate the e-COST portal: https://www.cost.eu/uploads/2021/12/Grant-Awarding-userguide.pdf
Before applying, obtain the agreement of the host institution on the work plan and proposed dates by means of an invitation letter signed by a senior member (for example the Head of the hosting laboratory).
The application should clearly indicate:
Up to EUR 4 000 per grant. The grant can contribute to the cost of travel, accommodation and subsistence, implementation of the project, and delivery of the report.
Requested funds should be justified and adequate. The STSM committee will decide on the final financial contribution for each STSM, taking into consideration the budget requested, the scope, the duration and the location of the STSM.
The committee will evaluate applications received and STSMs will be awarded based on scientific merit, relevance to the exRNA- PATH Action, feasibility of the mission, the output/outcomes potential of the research carried-out and appropriate scale of funds requested.
Upon approval of the application, the grantee receives a Grant Letter from the Grant Holder stating the approved amount and the conditions for receiving the grant.
Within 30 days of the STSM ending, the grantee must submit in e- COST a detailed report and a letter from the host supervisor confirming the successful execution of the STSM.
The grantee will claim the payment of the grant via e-COST. It will be paid by the Grant Holder (The University of Edinburgh) to the grantee after the completion of the activity and approval of all required documentation.
An STSM grantee may request a pre-payment of up to 50%. The Grant Holder will only approve such requests under special circumstances.
In addition, we may ask you to write a short blog entry for our website or other communication material (e.g. newsletter) to showcase your involvement.