The Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution in another COST country; aimed at fostering collaboration, sharing techniques and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants’ institutions or laboratories.

As a guiding principle, the work plan defined for each STSM should be aligned with the overall objectives of the Action. The STSMs must be carried out in their entirety within a single Grant Period and always within the Action’s lifetime, for 5-90 calendar days or the additional option of 91-180 days for early career investigators, as long as the total budget is not exceeded.

STSMs are aimed at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques and infrastructure

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. The evaluation must consider the scientific scope of the proposed mission and how the mission can support the Action in achieving its scientific objectives.

 

Some Potential Missions

Precube

Topic: Impact of changes in a job in relation to health. Data analysis of longitudinal medical follow-up data of more than 150,000 workers. [+info]
Suggested begin date: Anytime
Suggested duration: 2-3 weeks
Desired minimum competence level of the candidate: Background in epidemiology-statistics
City (Country): Lueven (Belgium)
Host institution and department: Centre for Environment and Health, University of Leuven
Contact Person: Lode Godderis (lode.godderis@kuleuven.be)

OMEGA-NET Cohort Inventory (WG 1)

Work to further develop OMEGA-NET Cohort Inventory including systematic review to identify occupational cohort studies and cleaning of inventory data
Suggested begin date: Anytime
Suggested duration: 1 month
Desired minimum competence level of the candidate: PhD candidate
City (Country): Barcelona (Spain)
Host institution and department: Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)
Contact Person: Michelle Turner (michelle.turner@isglobal.org)

OMEGA-NET Cohort Inventory (WG 1)

Work to further develop OMEGA-NET Cohort Inventory including systematic review to identify occupational cohort studies and cleaning of inventory data
Suggested begin date: Anytime – but preferable spring spring-summer 2019
Suggested duration: At least one month
Desired minimum competence level of the candidate: PhD student
City (Country): Aarhus (Denmark)
Host institution and department: Department of Public Health, Aarhus University
Contact Person: Vivi Schlünssen (vs@ph.au.dk)

EPITeen young adults cohort

Topic: To estimate associations between employment patterns and musculoskeletal complaints. [+info]
Suggested begin date: June 2018
Suggested duration: 2-3 weeks
City (Country): Porto (Portugal)
Host institution and department: Institute of Public Health, University of Porto
Contact Person: Henrique Barros (hbarros@med.up.pt)

Generation XXI birth cohort

Topic: Occupational accidents and work-related diseases among parents of Generation XXI children. [+info]
Suggested begin date: June 2018
Suggested duration: 2-3 weeks
City (Country): Porto (Portugal)
Host institution and department: Institute of Public Health, University of Porto
Contact Person: Henrique Barros (hbarros@med.up.pt)

 

Applications for STSM

Applications for Short-Term Scientific Missions as well as Conference Grants for Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) are currently open, and applicants are advised to follow the next steps:

  1. Contact the potential host with a demonstration of interest.
  2. With support from the host, fill in the preapproval questionnaire summarising the objectives and context of the mission and email it to the STSM coordinator, Raquel Lucas (rlucas@med.up.pt), copying the Action Chair, Ingrid S. Mehlum (ingrid.s.mehlum@stami.no).
  3. After pre-approval from the STSM coordinating group, submit the official application online through the e-cost system.

Guidelines for STSMs are specified on pages 35-36 of the COST Vademecum and some more general information about STSMs can be found on this website.

 

“The innovative solutions in managing an online cohort
and the interesting discussions on data collected
have added value and scientific knowledge on this topic”

MARINA OTELEA, STSM Grantee

 

“It was a great opportunity to exchange expertise
with other researchers and thus rethink and revise my own work”

JOANA AMARO, STSM Grantee