Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers that contribute to the objectives of the Action.
The priority topics for STSMs under this call include:
WG3 - Demand-side (buyer) motivations for Woodland-for-Water PES schemes, including potential for linking to carbon markets
and WG4 - Collecting case study information for spatial repository and fact sheets.
- Applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow, or employed by/affiliated to an institution with a research remit.
- Financial support for STSMs lasting three months or less is limited to a maximum of €2500.
- For Early Career Investigators (ECIs - i.e. those within 8 years of completing a doctorate) longer STSMs lasting between 3-6 months are also an option, with the maximum financial support available for these €3500.
- STSMs must start and finish within one of the Action's 6 or 12 month Grant Periods. (it is not possible for an STSM to start in one Grant Period and finish in another). For the third grant period, STSMs must be completed by the end of April 2019.
- Within 4 weeks of an STSM being completed, the Grantee must submit a scientific report to the Action Vice Chair, STSM Co-ordinator and the Host institution (with payment of the Grant subject to the report being approved).
Criteria for selecting STSMs will include:-
- Relevance to the Action and Topic of the call.
- Quality of the workplan
- Output(s) proposed
- COST policies on promoting gender balance, enabling ECIs and broadening geographical inclusiveness.
- Budget (cost in relation to work proposed).
Under COST rules, for the duration of their STSM, successful applicants become ineligible for reimbursement of subsistence expenses (hotels and meals) for COST Action meetings - including those of other Actions (irrespective of MC membership, or leadership position held).
The STSM coordinator for PESFOR-W is Dr Zuzana Sarvasova (contacts below) and enquiries and applications should be made to her in the first instance. Applications can only be submitted by using the on-line registration tool described in the COST Vademecum and forwarding the necessary documents to the STSM Manager.
Dr Zuzana Sarvasova, National Forest Centre, Zvolen, Slovakia.
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
tel: +42 145 531 4124