CALL for applications to EuroScitizen Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

CALL for applications to EuroScitizen Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

8th November 2019
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If you feel enthusiastic about the opportunity of collaborating with other Action members and going to their institution for a Short Term Scientific Mission, and you consider it would benefit the interests and objectives of the EuroScitizen COST Action, and increase the visibility of our network, we strongly encourage you to send an application.

Cross Action STSM CALL

Objective of the STSM call

Do you have ideas on how to advance objectives and deliverables of EuroScitizen (please check here for our Memorandum of Understanding)? If yes, apply for a Short Term Scientific Mission to develop it. STSMs application furthering transversal objectives will be favored, but all applications will be considered.

Duration of the STSMs

Duration of the STSMs is minimum 5 days and maximum 90 days. According to COST rules and regulations, ECIs (=Early Career Investigators) may apply for a maximum of 180 days

The STSM has to take place until 30 April 2020

 

Deadline for applications

15 December 2019

Funding 

Funding for travel, accommodation and meal expenses up to total  EUR 1,800 (see COST Vademecum for details of eligibility rules)

More info

Working Group 1 Assessment STSM Call

In order to increase scientific literacy in evolution it is necessary to take the state of the research into account. Besides the research Working Group 1 is conducting on acceptance of evolution and knowledge about evolutionary topics across Europe, we have started to perform a systematic review of existing methods and survey results directly related to the topic of evolution acceptance and understanding.

We offer a STSM to draft a report on these existing methods and results. For this purpose, the applicant can rely on a groundwork of literature already collected in the Working Group as well as summaries on existing methods. The task is on the one hand to perform a further literature research as well as to write main parts of the report planned.

Duration of the STSMs
Duration of the STSM is minimum 5 days and maximum 90 days. According to COST rules and regulations, ECIs (=Early Career Investigators) may apply for a maximum of 180 days. We recommend a stay of at least 21 days to ensure the feasibility of the objective.

The applicant should ideally have a background in educational research (with preferentially a focus on biology).

The STSM has to take place until 31 March 2020.

Extended  deadline for applications
31st January

Funding 

Funding for travel, accommodation and meal expenses up to total  EUR 1,800 (see COST Vademecum for details of eligibility rules)

 

Working Group 2 Formal Education STSM Call

Objective of this STSM call

We offers 2 STSMs that are aimed to foster collaborative work to develop a scientifically valid approach to measure teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) on evolution in distinct european countries. These STSMs are in line with the focus of our Working Group 2 (see here for more information).

Application criteria

Applicants with following criteria will be prioritized.

  1. Previous experience in the development and validation of PCK evaluation instruments;
  2. Previous experience in evaluating PCK dimensions;
  3. Previous engagement in WG2 deliverables.

Duration of the STSMs

Duration of the STSMs is minimum 5 days and maximum 90 days. According to COST rules and regulations, ECIs (=Early Career Investigators) may apply for a maximum of 180 days

The STSM has to take place until 30 April 2020

Deadline for applications 31 December 2019

Funding 
Funding for travel, accommodation and meal expenses up to total  EUR 2,000 (see COST Vademecum for details of eligibility rules)

 

STSM General instructions

Who can apply?

Everyone with an official affiliation and strong motivation on promoting science

Everyone who is a EuroScitizen member (see here on how to become one)

PhD students and ECIs are particularly encouraged to apply, but every EuroScitizen member can get an STSM.

Applicants should take into consideration that:

Applicants should be EuroScitizen members. Please see here on how to join.

The host institution has to be a participating COST Country Institution (or an approved NNC (=Near Neighbor Countries) institution, or an approved IPC (=International Partner Country) institution, or an approved EC/EU Agency, or an approved RTD (=Research & Technological Development) Institution, or an approved International Organisation)

The selected participants will  granted with:

Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses. (COST Vademecum )

Up to a maximum of EUR 300 can be afforded for travel costs.(COST Vademecum)

The reimbursement will be get when the scientific report of the STSM is approved by the STSM committee.

Note that only the STSMs applicants are reimbursed, not the host institution

How to apply?

  1. You have to find an STSM host (see above for conditions about host institutions), someone you would be willing to collaborate with. Either you already know the person you would like to collaborate with or to find one you can start by browsing here the list of EuroScitizen Management Committee members.
  2. Contact the potential STSM host to inquire about the possibility of an STSM and discuss and elaborate a plan for the STSM (duration, length, topic, working plan, timetable: those things will be asked in the application form on eCOST)
  3. Go to your eCOST and apply for an STSM (you can find here online registration step by step)

Evaluation

The applications will be evaluated by the STSM committee based on the MC approved criteria. The successful applicant will be notified by the STSM coordinator and the COST.

After the visit

Following the end of the STSM (within 30 calendar days), applicant who successfully completed it must submit a scientific report (available to download on the eCOST application page) with the host approval.