STSM Coordinator for COST action FP1403
Dr. Oscar Godoy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seventh STSM Call


We invite you to apply for a Short Term Scientific Mission to explore the potential of non-native tree species (NNT) in Europe and related management options, as well as associated risks and challenges. You are invited to develop your own topic related to the goals of NNEXT or to follow one of the specific call texts:

- Creation of distribution maps for NNT in Europe (using Arc-GIS and R)
  (contact WG1 leader)
- Public perception of NNT
(contact WG3 leader)
- Economic evaluation of NNT
  (contact WG3 leader)
- Analysis of common garden experiments with NNT
  (contact WG3 leader)
- Compilation of provenance recommendations for important NNT
  as Douglas-fir, Robinia and Abies grandis based on
  provenance trial results
  (contact WG2 leader)

... and any topic that suits well with NNEXT and surves our purposes.


Application Deadline: 30th September 2017
Earliest Start Date: 1st November 2017

For further information, please contact STSM Coordinator of the Action:
Dr. Oscar Godoy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  Short term scientific missions: What are they for?

The goal of Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) is to support individual mobility, strengthen existing networks, and foster collaboration between researchers in order to contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action.

STSMs are primarily exchange visits between laboratories, allowing scientists to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions/organisations.


  Eligible STSM applicants

They can be PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, or researchers of an institution/legal entity of a country that has accepted the Memorandum of understanding (MoU) of this COST action. The institution applicants are affiliated to is the “Home institution”. The Host institution is where the successful applicant will conduct the STSM. Several options apply between “Home institution” and “Host institution”.

The following table shows the scenarios available to eligible STSM applicants:

Applicant in a Home Institution

To perform an STSM in a Host Institution

Located in a Participating COST Full Member / COST Cooperating Member

In another Participating COST Full Member / COST Cooperating Member

In a Participating COST Partner Member

In an Approved IPC Institution

In an Approved NNC Institution

In EU Commission, Bodies, Offices and Agencies

In an Approved European RTD Organisation

In an Approved International Organisation

Located in an Approved NNC** institution

In a Participating COST Full Member / COST Cooperating Member

Located in an Approved European RTD Organisation

In a Participating COST Full Member / COST Cooperating Member


*COST countries included in this COST action are Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, fYR Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom. **Approved Near Neighbour Country Institutions are: Ukrainian National Forestry University, Ukraine Research Institute for Mountain Forestry and Al-Hussein bin Talal University (Jordan).


  Funding and duration

Each STSM has a minimum duration of one week (5 working days) and a maximum duration of three months (90 days). Because STSM are particularly intended for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, only these Early Career Investigators can extent a STSM up to 6 months (180 days).

Funding for STSM usually cover travel expenses and subsistence, so please be aware that the financial support for STSM may not necessarily cover all the cost. Basic rules are up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day to cover meal and accommodation expenses, and a maximum of EUR 2500 in total for each successful STSM applicant of 90 days (EUR 3500 in total for STSM of 180 days).

The number and duration of STSMs funded will depend on the number of applicants and their length. There are two open calls per year, and up to 5 STSMs would in principle be funded per call. 

The STSM must be completed within the Grant Period they were approved.
It is not possible for a STSM to start in one Grant Period and finish in another.


  How to apply

   Step 1: Registration

Online registration by the applicant
The applicant must apply through the
on-line registration tool .

   Step 2: Formal STSM application and annexes

When the application form is completed, the online registration tool will issue a formal STSM document, which has to be downloaded by the applicant and sent electronically (by e-mail as attachment) together with a detailed explanation about how the STSM will contribute to the Action FP 1403 and its aims. Possible documents supporting his/her candidature may include:

     •  Detailed work plan
     •  Curriculum Vitae with list of publications (if any)
     •  Motivation Letter
     •  Letter of support form the Home Institution.

These documents need to be send to
The STSM Coordinator for the COST action FP1403, Dr. Oscar Godoy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the subject: STSM_<last name of applicant>.

   Step 3: Assessment of the STSM

The Core Group of the COST action FP1403 will evaluate all STSM proposals after the application process is closed (one month after the start of the application period). The Chair, the Vice-Chair, the four working group leaders and the STSM Coordinator compose the Core Group. Successful candidates will know the outcome within one month after the deadline of the application period.

   Step 4: Approval

The Core Group informs the Grant Holder about which STSM proposals have been approved.

   Step 5: Acceptance

Then, the Grant Holder will send to the each successful applicant an acceptance letter including information about the level of financial support given.

The Applicant has to return this acceptance letter, after accepting the grant with his/her signature.


  Once completed the STSM

After completion of the STSM, the successful applicant is required to submit to the STSM Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) a scientific report and scientific abstract about the STSM within 4 weeks after his/her stay. The Core Group is responsible for approving the final report and sending the notice of completion of the STSM to the Grant Holder, with the confirmation that the STSM has been successfully accomplished and therefore the grant can be paid.

The report should include the following information:

     •  Purpose of the STSM.
     •  Description of the work carried out and the main results obtained during the STSM.
     •  Future collaboration with host institution (if applicable).
     •  Foreseen publications/articles resulting from the STSM (if applicable).
     •  Confirmation by the host institution of the successful execution of the STSM.

The abstract should be written like an abstract of a scientific paper with approx. 250-300 words in high English quality. It should contain the following information:

     •  brief introduction
     •  methodology conducted with emphasis to the new techniques or knowledge acquired
     •  results obtained during the STSM and possible foreseen activities

Publications and contribution to meetings and congress resulting from STSM activities must acknowledge COST FP1403 support. Abstracts / Reports from STSMs and acknowledgement of the Home and Host institution will be published on this website. Additionally, STSM beneficiaries will present their work carried out during the STSM in the regular meetings of the COST Action FP1403. 


  Further information related to STSM

For a complete description of the STSM, please visit Section 7 COST Vademecum, and COST website, section Short Term Scientific Missions.

Any further questions? Please write to STSM Coordinator Dr. Oscar Godoy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)




COST Action FP1403 NNEXT
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Deadline: 30-09-17

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