ADOPT invites applications for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) which are institutional visits aiming to support individual mobility, fostering collaboration between individuals participating in the Action.

STSM shall respect the following criteria:

  • They shall have a minimum duration of 5 calendar days that includes travel.
  • STSM need to be carried out in their entirety within a single Grant Period and always within the Action’s lifetime.

An STSM Grant is a fixed financial contribution that 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 calculation of the financial contribution for each STSM shall respect the following criteria:

  • Up to a maximum of EUR 3 500 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 following scoring system is currently used for the approval of the STSMs:

  • Is proposed STSM eligible according to COST rules as stipulated in Vademecum? (yes/no).
  • Does proposal articulate a connection to Action objectives? (yes/no)
  • Has candidate been given STSM within last 12 months? (yes/no)
  • Gender: Evens out gender when uneven balance in all STSMS is 90% (5), 80%(4), 70%(3), 60%(2), 55%(1)
  • Inclusive target countries (ITC): increases score when ITC fraction is below 10% (5), 20%(4), 30%(3), 40%(2), 50%(1)
  • Early career investigators (ECI): Increases score when a fraction of ECI is below 10% (5), 20%(4), 30%(3), 40%(2), 50% (1)
  • Scientific quality on data, methods or potential findings: Very high quality(10), high quality (8) good quality, (6), medium quality (4), low quality (2)

More details can be found in COST Vademecum.

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