PlantEd – COST Action CA18111 – Genome editing in plants

2nd call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

N.B. The deadline has been extended to 26 January 2020.

Objectives of STSM

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks, fostering collaboration between COST Action Participants. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives 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 institutes.

Important dates

Call launched: 16 December 2019
Application deadline: 26 January 2020
Decision by the evaluation committee: 31 January 2020
The timeframe for realisation of STSM: between 1 February 2020 and 31 March 2020. The minimum period is five days and the maximum (for this call) is two months.

This call is open to all participants from participating COST countries, approved NNC institutes and approved European RTD organisation (a host can be anyone in the Action, incl IPCs, for details see the attached PDF file below). Priority will be given to Early Career Researchers (ECIs, less than 8 years of experience from obtaining PhD). A balance between Working Groups, gender and geographical range will also be considered.

Scientific Topics

Experimental work plan in the STSM application of candidates should be developed within the scope of one of the Action Working Groups:

  • WG1 – Technical platforms
  • WG2 – Impact assessment
  • WG3 – Policies and regulations
  • WG4 – Perceptions and opinions
  • WG5 – Integration and communication

It is also possible to focus the STSM period on the drafting of a funding proposal together with a host, such as Marie Curie Fellows or other existing programmes that are suitable for e.g. postdoctoral research.

Financial Support

The STSM grant is used to cover costs of travel and subsistence. The financial support should be viewed as a contribution to the costs of the mission and may not cover all costs. The calculation of the financial contribution for each STSM must respect the following criteria:

  • Up to a maximum of EUR 3000 in total can be afforded to each successful STSM applicant;
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.

How to apply

The applicant should complete:

  • A fully completed COST STSM application form (use the online registration / submission tool:
  • A motivation letter
  • Applicant CV
  • A written agreement of the host institution
  • A letter of support from the home institution
  • A financial data (amount for travel and subsistence). Please use the information to calculate the subsistence amount depending on the host country.

Such documents send to the official site of the Action and spread to:

After the STSM

The grantee is required to submit a scientific report to the host institution, Action Chair, Vice Chair, Grant Holder and STSM Coordinator for approval within 10 days after the end date of the STSM. N.B. Please notice the short reporting period for this call – this is important!

The report should contain:

  • A scientific report
  • An official letter/confirmation by the host institution of the successful execution of the STSM

The Action Chair and STSM Coordinator are responsible for approving the scientific report. The failure to submit the scientific report within 10 days will effectively cancel the grant. Once approved, payment of the STSM grant will be made by bank-to-bank transfer to the grantee.

For more information and enquiries please do not hesitate to contact the STSM Coordinator:

Dr Vladislava Galovic, PhD

Any further information may also be found in the following file:

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