STSM Applications Toward Joint Review Report

!!DEADLINE EXTENDED!!

NEP4DISSENT (COST Action 16213) is pleased to announce the call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) to support research, writing and editorial work leading to creation of the Joint Review Report (JRR).

 

WHAT ARE STSMs?

STSMs are grants for short institutional visits that support mobility fostering collaboration between individuals within the framework of each COST Action’s scientific objectives.

 

AIM

We welcome applications that contribute to the scientific objectives of NEP4DISSENT in the following way:

  • Their thematic scope falls within the thematic scope of the JRR
  • They include a clear indication of the type of contribution to the process of creation of the JRR

The thematic scope of the JRR is defined by the questionnaire included in the Call for Contributions to the NEP4DISSENT Survey of the State of the Art, circulated independently. For your convenience, we append the questionnaire at the end of this document. Full survey is available here. When writing your application, please refer to one or more survey questions.

 

Your contribution to the JRR can take many forms. Within the framework of the STSM, the applicant can undertake, together with the host, three main types of activities to support the creation of the JRR:

  • Prepare a literature review or other kind of background research that significantly deepens our knowledge of the state of the art in one or more areas covered by the survey, e.g. by encompassing academic production in two or more countries/languages.
  • Reach out with the survey questions beyond the NEP4DISSENT network, by organizing seminars/in-depth interviews with resident scholars at the host location, and preparing a report documenting the main findings.
  • Analyze the survey responses together with additional material, and draft part of the JRR

 

WHO CAN APPLY?

STSM applicants 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, and which is located in COST Full Member/COST Cooperating Member/Approved Near Neighbor Country (NNC) which has signed the Action’s Memorandum of Understanding (the full list is available here). Applicants from NCC can be hosted only by institutions from  COST Full Member/Cooperating Member countries participating in the Action (for details, see COST Vademecum).

 

DEADLINES AND HOW TO APPLY

The deadline for submitting applications is 15 December  2018.

The missions must take place between 15 December 2018 and 31 March 2018.

 

Eligible STSM applicants must submit their STSM applications online at the following web address:
https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm

Please log-in and preview the form before applying.

 

You will need to provide following information:

  • Action Number (CA16213) and STSM Title (Towards Joint Review Report)
  • Proposed duration of your STSM
  • Proposal referring to at least one of the questions from the NEP4DISSENT survey (max 2000 words)
  • Host details
  • Budget request

Following supporting documents will be requested:

  • Letter of support from the Home Institution
  • Written agreement from the Host Institution that the STSM applicant can perform the activities detailed in the STSM work plan on the agreed dates
  • CV (including a list of academic publications – if applicable)

 

EVALUATION

Applications will be evaluated by the Action’s Core Group acting as the STSM Award Committee. The Committee will take into account the scientific merit of each application in correspondence with the Aim of the Call, as well as the formal criteria explained below. The Committee will take effort to maintain parity between applicants from different NEP4DISSENT Working Groups.

 

 

STSM GRANT CONDITIONS

General Criteria

An STSM Grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the STSM application. STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking a given mission. A STSM Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee. The final amount of financial contribution is decided by the Award Committee after reviewing all the applications, and it is subject to the available budget.

 

Your application should meet following general criteria:

  • STSM must have a duration of min. 5 and max. 90 calendar days
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant;
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses. The STSM Committee has decided to prorate this amount employing country correction coefficients (CCC) used in Maria Skłodowska Curie Actions (table 2, p. 82) in the following way:
    • 160 EU per day in case of countries with CCC of 100 % and above
    • 140 EU per day in case of countries with CCC between 75-99.9 %
    • 120 EU per day in case of countries with CCC of 74.9 % and below
  • STSM grantees must make their own arrangements for all provisions related to personal security, health, taxation, social security and pension matters.

 

 

Specific provisions for ECIs

Early Career Investigator (ECI) is a researcher within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained the PhD/doctorate (full-time equivalent). ECIs can apply for an increased financial contribution of max EUR 3 500 for missions with an increased duration of between 91 and 180 calendar days (general criteria apply regarding the max. amount afforded for accomodation and meal expenses per day).

 

REPORTING AND APPROVAL FOR PAYMENT

General Criteria

STSM grants are paid upon approval of the short scientific report after the end of the mission.

The STSM Grantee has 30 calendar days from the end date of the mission to submit a scientific report to STSM Committee and to a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution (please use the template provided in e-COST).

 

Payment of the Grant is subject to a STSM scientific report being approved by the NEP4DISSENT Award Committee and by a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution.

Specific provisions for ITCs

Specific provisions have been introduced to enable researchers from ITC (Inclusiveness Target Countries) participating in the COST Action to request a pre-payment of 50% of their STSM Grant when they complete the first day of their STSM. In such case, the representative of the Host Institution must confirm by e-mail to the Grant Holder that the STSM applicant has officially started the mission on day 1. Only then the Grant Holder can arrange the payment of 50% of the STSM grant. The remaining 50% of the Grant is payable once the administrative requirements have been satisfied after the STSM.

 

ITCs participating in NEP4DISSENT are: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Republic of Serbia.

 

All queries regarding STSM grants should be directed to info@nep4dissent.eu.

Procedural and financial questions should be directed to NEP4DISEENT Grant Manager Gabriela Semenowicz (gabriela.semenowicz@ibl.waw.pl).

 

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