Friday, September 29, 2023
COST Action CA16107 EuroXanth

STSM call 7 – Projects

Seventh call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) of the COST Action EuroXanth
Dear colleagues,
We have received five project proposals for our 7th call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) of the COST Action EuroXanth: Integrating science on Xanthomonadaceae for integrated plant disease management in Europe. 
Host Institution Topic Duration Tentative period
Jonathan M. Jacobs The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA Live visualization and characterization of Xanthomonas virulence activity 3 months Sep – Nov 2020
Jonathan M. Jacobs The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA Fortifying plant disease diagnostics with whole genome sequencing for emerging Xylella fastidiosa 3 months Sep – Nov 2020
Ralf Koebnik Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Montpellier, France Towards a new MLSA typing scheme of clade-1 xanthomonads and identification of a type III effector causing a non-host hypersensitive response 3 months Sep – Dec 2020
Ralf Koebnik Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier (IRD), France Characterization of new type VI effectors in Xanthomonas 3 months Summer / fall 2020 (depending on COVID-19 dynamics)
Suayib Üstün University Tübingen, Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), Germany Deciphering the contribution of Xanthomonas campestris type III effectors to immune suppression 2 months Oct – Nov 2020
We invite interested researchers to apply for a STSM fellowship. The EuroXanth COST Action will provide, once positively evaluated, STSM grants to visiting scientists, which will cover most of the expenses related to travel, accommodation and meals, following the general guidelines for STSM grants (see below). On the other hand, the hosting institutes have ensured to have sufficient resources for the projects. 
To apply for a STSM project, please send the following documents to the STSM Coordinator (Dr Monika Kałużna, and to the Chair (Dr Ralf Koebnik,
  • Letter of motivation, including a statement that your institute will support your application, 
  • Curriculum vitae, incl. list of most relevant publications and other outputs (max. 3 pages).
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and its unpredictable dynamics we will try our best to meet all expectations and we will be very flexible with respect to the schedule of the STSMs. However, since this COST Action will end at March 15, 2021, all STSMs need to end before February 7, 2021.
The deadline for application was 26th April 2020.
Generally, STSM are:
  • exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country;
  • aimed at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants’ institutions or laboratories;
  • minimum of 5 calendar days.
The financial contribution for such a STSM will be a fixed grant based on the applicant’s budget request and the evaluation of the application by the STSM Committee (max. 3500 € in total, covering travel and subsistence with max. 300 € for travel expenses and max. 160 € per day for accommodation and meal expenses). Please consult the COST Vademecum for more details on eligibility for application and the reimbursement rules. Please be aware that STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking a given mission. 
Following a decision of the Management Committee, taken on July 18, 2018, we herewith announce that the name and affiliation of all grantees, the titles of the STSM projects and the host institutes will be published on our EuroXanth website. All other information will be kept confidential.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
With kind regards,
Monika Kałużna (STSM Coordinator)
Ralf Koebnik (Chair)