Short-Term Scientific Missions

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between COST Action Participants having an affiliation in a Participating COST Country. 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 institutions/ organisations.

Criteria

The STSM

  1. must have a minimum duration of 5 days.
  2. must have a maximum duration of 90 days. For Early Career Investigators (ECI) longer STSMs with a maximum duration of 180 days are possible.
  3. needs to be carried out in its entirety within a single Grant Period (i.e. between May 1st and April 30th the following year) and always within the Action’s lifetime.
  4. can only be requested by applicants from Participating COST Countries, approved Near Neighbour Country (NNC) institutions, or European RTD Organisation to travel to another Participating COST Country, an approved Near Neighbour Country (NNC) institution, an approved International Partner Country (IPC) institution, or a European RTD Organisation to travel
  5. application needs to be submitted before the deadlines:
    • on the 1st of April (for a STSM in Summer/Autumn)
    • on the 1st of September (for a STSM in Winter/Spring)

An STSM grant is a fixed financial contribution, taking into consideration the requested budget and the STSM outcome but not necessarily covering all expenses. A STSM grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee.
The calculation of the financial contribution for accommodation and meal expenses must respect the following criteria:

  • typical allowance ranging from 50 to 90 € per day (depending on host country)
  • maximum grant of EUR 2500 in total for a duration between 5 and 90 days

For ECI, the calculation must respect the following criteria:

  • typical allowance ranging from 50 to 90 € per day (depending on host country)
  • maximum grant of EUR 3500 in total for a duration between 91 and 180 days

The STSM Committee can approve differentiated country rates to cover accommodation and meal expenses based on the perceived cost of living in the host country.

STSM Application Procedure

Before the STSM, eligible applicants must:

  • obtain written agreement from the Host institution that the STSM applicant can perform the activities detailed in the STSM work plan on the agreed dates (The Host Institution is the institution/ organisation that will host the STSM Grantee)
  • complete an online STSM application at www.cost.eu/STSM

The applicant must then send the following documentation as an e-mail attachment to the STSM Coordinator Patrick Flammang before the application deadline:

  • a copy of the online STSM application
  • a motivation letter which, for PhD students, should also be signed by the supervisor
  • a CV (including a list of academic publications – if applicable)
  • a work plan of the activities to be performed during the visit highlighting the proposed contribution to the scientific objectives of the COST Action
  • the written agreement from the Host institution that the STSM applicant can perform the activities detailed in the STSM work plan on the agreed dates

After the STSM, the Grantee is required to submit a short scientific report within 30 days after the end date of the STSM to the STSM Coordinator Patrick Flammang. Failure to submit the scientific report within 30 days after the end date of the STSM will effectively cancel the grant.

The Scientific report must contain the following information:

  • purpose of the STSM
  • description of the work carried out during the STSM
  • description of the main results achieved
  • future collaboration with the 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

Payment of the Grant is subject to the scientific report being approved by the STSM Committee

Evaluation and Granting of STSM

The evaluation of STSM applications and selection of Grantees is performed by the Action’s STSM Committee on behalf of the MC. The selection takes into account the COST policies on promoting gender balance, enabling Early Career Investigators and broadening geographical inclusiveness:

STSM 1st period

Applicant Name and CountryHost Name and CountryRelated to taskSTSM TopicSTSM StartSTSM End
Janek von Byern (Austria)Stanislav Gorb (Germany)1.2; 1.3Characterization of the Arachnocampa glue22.01.201731.01.2017
Elise Hennebert (Belgium)Markus Linder (Finland)2.2Production of recombinant sea star adhesive proteins01.04.201730.04.2017

STSM 2nd period

Applicant Name and CountryHost Name and CountryRelated to taskSTSM TopicSTSM StartSTSM End
Pavlo Bekhta (Ukraine)Ján Sedliacik (Slovakia)1.1; 1.3Potential of fiber, paper and cellulose sludge as formaldehyde scavenger for veneer-based products manufacturing01.05.201731.05.2017
Gianandrea Salerno (Italy)Stanislav Gorb (Germany)1.1; 1.3Characterization of the attachment ability of the southern green stink bug Nezara viridula22.06.201708.07.2017
Michele Scaraggi (Italy)Bo Persson (Germany)1.3Bio-inspired micro-structures for soft contact applications01.08.201713.08.2017
Luis Roque (Portugal)Ingunn Tho (Norway)2.3Development of smart bioadhesive nanoparticles applied for the treatment of yeast infections in oralmucosa04.09.201713.10.2017
Victor Kang (UK)Patrick Flammang (Belgium)1.1Identifying adhesive protein in limpet adhesive mucus15.01.201816.02.2018
Maria Sousa (Portugal)Sylvia Nuerberger (Austria)2.3Development of one-side adhesive ulltrathin multilayer membranes towards early stages of osteoarthritis1.11.201729.01.2018
Wenwen Fang (Finland)Stanislav Gorb (Germany)2.2Quantification of adhesive and mechanical properties of protein-based materials07.10.201731.10.2017
Jan Kardela (UK)Thomas Ederth (Sweden)1.3; 2.2Investigation of deposition of barnacle cyprid adhesive on hydrophilic copolymer brushes using iSPR08.01.201829.01.2018
Eveline Parisi (Italy)Mikaela Grönholm (Finland)2.3Biocompatibility investigation of supramolecular hydrogel biomaterials11.3.201829.4.2018
Smarak Bandyopadhyay (Czech Republic)Urška Vrabič Brodnjak (Slovenia)1.3Bacterial Cellulose Based Hydrogel Food Packaging4.2.201828.4.2018
Michele Scaraggi (Italy)Bo Persson (Germany)1.3Electro-adhesion16.4.201824.4.2018
Janek von Byern (Austria)Atsushi Ogura (Japan)1.2Analysis of adhesive secretions in Idiosepius paradoxus (Cephalopoda)23.4.201830.4.2018

STSM 3rd period

Applicant Name and CountryHost Name and CountryRelated to taskSTSM TopicSTSM StartSTSM End
Shaked Eliyahu (Israel)Bruno Sarmento (Portugal)2.3In Vitro drug delivery using mucoadhesive nanoparticles 1.7.201816.7.2018
Mathilde Lefevre (Belgium)Thomas Scheibel (Germany)2.2
Characterization of recombinant sea star adhesive proteins20.6.201816.7.2018
Wenwen Fang (Finland)Michal Zurovec (Czech Republic)2.3Recombinant sericins for biomimetic composite materials17.7.201811.8.2018
Manuela Rebora (Italy)Stanislav Gorb (Germany)1.1 & 1.3Attachment ability on vertical and horizontal rods in the stink bug Nezara viridula (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae): role of different attachment devices and tarsal fluids8.7.201826.7.2018
KANG Victor (UK)
Patrick Flammang (Belgium1.2Identifying adhesive proteins from limpets: combined analysis of proteomic and transcriptomic data and testing with in situ hybridisation23.07.2018
10.08.2018

STSM 4th period

Applicant Name and CountryHost name and CountryRelated to taskSTSM TopicSTSM StartSTSM End
SOUSA Maria (Portugal)Sylvia Nürnberger (Austria)2.3Ultrathin multilayer membranes as cyto-delivery system to treat defects on superficial articular cartilage02.05.201830.05.2018
VRABIC Urška (Slovenia)Nabanita Saha (Czech Republic)2.3Packaging materials and bioadhesives: evaluation of results and future projects03.09.201808.09.2018
ROUHOVA Lenka (Czech Republic)
Päivi Laaksonen (Finland)
2.3
Recombinant sericins for biomimetic composite materials
13.10.2018
31.10.2018
GORJAN Mirjam (Slovenia)
Davor Kovacevic (Croatia)
1.3
Bacterial adhesion on the modified titanium surfaces
15.10.2018
06.11.2018
BEKHTA Pavlo (Ukraine)
Tomasz Krystofiak (Poland)
1.3
The impact of surface preparation of wood substrate on the surface quality and adhesion strength of vanishes
19.11.2018
09.12.2018
ALMEIDA Andreia (Portugal)
Alejandro Sosnik (Israel)
2.3
Physicochemical characterization of chitosan-based polymeric micelles
26.11.2018
07.12.2018
KAIMAKI Domna-Maria (UK)
Marleen Kamperman (The Netherlands)
1.3
Surface functionalisation as a tool to investigate pad secretion properties in insects
04.03.2019
22.03.2019
KAMPERMAN Marleen (The Netherlands)
David Labonte
2.1
Surface indentation to study adhesion behavior of next-generation gecko-inspired adhesives
14.04.2019
25.04.2019
SCARAGGI Michele (Italy)
Bo Persson (Germany)
1.3
Human finger contact mechanics, adhesion and friction
15.12.2018
22.12.2018
ALGRAIN Morgane
Nick Aldred (UK)
1.3
Live observations of attachment and detachment of tube feet in the sea stars Asterias rubens and Asterina gibbosa
17.02.2019
03.03.2019
VON BYERN Janek (Austria)
Robert Farkas (Slovakia)
1.2
Characterization of sugar moieties in glue-producing animals
08.04.2019
17.04.2019
ASABUWA NGWABEBHOH Fahanwi (Czech Republik)
Urška Vrabič Brodnjak (Slovenia)
2.3
Agro-based bioadhesive biocomposite for footwear
10.03.2019
30.03.2019
SUAREZ-GARCIA Salvio (Spain)
Sylvia Nürnberger (Austria)
2.3
Catechol-based free-standing film for tissue regeneration
27.02.2019
30.04.2019
FILIPPOV Alexei ( The Netherlands)
Daniel Ruiz-Molina (Spain)
2.2
Sticky when wet: Bottlebrush polyelectrolytes as drivers of bioinspired underwater adhesion
15.02.2019
30.04.2019

STSM 5th period

Applicant Name and CountryHost name and CountryRelated to taskSTSM TopicSTSM StartSTSM End
BORNE Flora (France)
Stanislav Gorb (Germany)
1.3
Measurement of Drosophila pupal adhesion
29.07.2019
23.08.2019
ALMEIDA Andreia (Portugal)
Isidoro Caraballo (Spain)
2.3
3D printed systems filled with chitosan mucoadhesive micelles for colon-specific drug delivery
19.06.2019
19.07.2019
LENGERER Birgit (Belgium)
Walter Federle (UK)
1.1
Interference reflection microscopy of sea star tube feet during attachment
15.07.2019
25.07.2019
SALERNO Gianandrea (Italy)
Stanislav Gorb (Germany)
1.1 and 1.3
Mechanical ecology of fruit-insect interaction in Bactrocera oleae (Diptera: Tephritidae)
08.12.2019
22.12.2019
ZENONE Arturo (Italy)
Stanislav Gorb (Germany)
1.1 and 1.2
Influence of roughness to Posidonia oceanica seedlings adhesion on hard substrate
21.10.2019
31.10.2019
DAVEY Peter (UK)
Thomas Ederth (Sweden)
1.2 and 1.3
Characterising the dynamic adhesion process of the sea anemone Aiptasia pallida
18.08.2019
31.08.2019
LADURNER Peter (Austria)
Thomas Ederth (Sweden)
1.2 and 1.3
Pilot Experiments on flatworm adhesion
26.05.2019
30.05.2019
MEZYKOWSKA Oliwia (Poland)
Nabanita Saha (Czech Republic)
2.3
New composite materials based on bacterial nanocellulose and collagen
05.08.2019
16.08.2019
KAIMAKI Maria (UK)
Marleen Kamperman (The Netherlands)
1.3
Surface functionalisation of conductive surfaces as a tool to investigate pad secretion properties in insects
09.09.2019
04.10.2019
ZENG Fan (Austria)
Nick Aldred (UK)
1.1 and 1.3
Bioadhesion mechanisms of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis
29.07.2019
09.08.2019
ROMEU Maria (Portugal)
Nick Aldred (UK)
1.3
Evaluation of cyanobacterial biofilms using water jetting technique
13.01.2020
29.01.2020
CAN Ahmet (Turkey)
Tomasz Krystofiak (Poland

2.3
Comparison of the effect of heat treatment and vacuum heat treatment on the adhesion of PVAC adhesives to the Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) wood
06.10.2019
13.10.2019
GORJAN Mirjam (Slovenia)
Davor Kovacevic (Croatia)
2.3
Integration of bactericidal substances into polyelectrolyte layers on titanium surfaces
01.03.2020
29.03.2020
VOIGT Dagmar (Germany)
Michael Varenberg (USA)
1.1 and 1.3
Bio-tribological interface: in-situ micromechanical characterization of plant glue
25.01.2020
10.02.2020
OZLUSOYLU Ismail (Turkey)
Tomasz Krystofiak (Poland)
2.3
Investigation of Adhesion and Surface Properties of Decorative Bark Insulation Boards Applied with Different Surface Treated
06.10.2019
13.10.2019
LEFEVRE Mathilde (Belgium)
Thomas Ederth (Sweden)
2.2
Adsorption ability of recombinant sea star adhesive proteins
02.02.2020
15.02.2020