Fourth call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) of the COST Action EuroXanth
We received 13 applications, ten of which were approved by the STSM Committee. We are happy to announce that the ten STSM Grants were given to:
|Nay Dia||Zürich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland||Phenotypic characterization and genetic diversity of Xanthomonas hortorum isolates from ornamentals||ILVO Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Merelbeke, Belgium||not yet available|
|Eva Garcia||Instituto Pedro Nunes, Coimbra, Portugal||Improving competence in and exchange of knowledge and diagnostic practices on selected Xanthomonas spp. of interest to Portugal and Slovenia||National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana, Slovenia||not yet available|
|Milan Ivanovic||University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Serbia||Plant diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa: detection, identification, monitoring and control||Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain||not yet available|
|Judit Kolozsvarine Nagy||Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary||Plant diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa: detection, identification, monitoring and control||Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain||not yet available|
|Ildiko Katalin Nagy||Enviroinvest Corp. Pecs, Hungary||Functional study of the Asian Xoo CRISPR/CAS system and evaluation of OP2-like bacteriophages on different clades of Xanthomonas oryzae||IRD Montpellier, France||not yet available|
|Joanna Pulawska||Research Institute of Horticulture, Skierniewice, Poland||Plant diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa: detection, identification, monitoring and control||Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain||not yet available|
|Roxana Roeschlin||Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas, Spain||Characterization of the mode of action of a short TAL effector from Xanthomonas citri||Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany||not yet available|
|Pilar Sabuquillo||Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Spain||Viability quantitative PCR for the specific detection and quantification of Xanthomonas citri pv. citri, the causal agent of citrus bacterial canker disease||Cirad La Réunion, France||not yet available|
|Manuel Salustri||University of Rome, Italy||Genetic characterization of Xylella fastidiosa lipidic pathways||Auburn University, USA||not yet available|
|Jeroen Van De Bilt||National Reference Centrum of Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, Wageningen, Netherlands||MALDI-TOF MS application for accurate identification and phylogenetic analysis of Xanthomonas arboricola pathovars||Zürich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland||not yet available|
We are delighted to announce the opening of the 4th call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) of the COST Action EuroXanth: Integrating science on Xanthomonadaceae for integrated plant disease management in Europe. We are now receiving applications for STSM due to take place between October 15, 2018, and March 10, 2019.
The deadline for application was 16th September 2018.
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 and a maximum of 90 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 assessment committee (max. 2500 € covering travel and subsistence with max. 160 € per day for accommodation and meal expenses).
Specific additional provisions are possible to encourage the participation of Early Career Investigators (ECI) in STSM. Persons qualifying as an ECI (an individual who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate) are invited to apply for long ECI-STSM, if justified by the work plan. To qualify for these specific provisions, the following conditions apply:
- The mission must have a minimum duration of 91 calendar days.
- The mission must have a maximum duration of 180 calendar days.
The financial contribution for such a long ECI-STSM will be a fixed grant based on the applicant’s budget request and the evaluation of the application by the STSM assessment committee (max. 3500 € covering travel and subsistence with max. 160 € per day for accommodation and meal expenses).
To apply, please register at e-COST (if you did not so before in the frame of another activity) and send the following documents to the STSM Coordinator (Dr Monika Kałużna, firstname.lastname@example.org), to the Chair (Dr Ralf Koebnik, email@example.com) and to the Grant Holder Administrator (Isabelle Sciacco, CA16107@ird.fr):
- written agreement of the host institution,
- letter of support from the home institution (written agreement from the supervisor or group leader),
- supporting documents (CV of max. 2 pages, scientific work plan of max. 2 pages [max. 4 pages for long ECI-STSM], list of publications, covering letter, cost estimate for travel and subsistence).
Please consult the COST Vademecum for more details on eligibility for application and the reimbursement rules. Please be aware that you need to provide all travel documents and a written report within 4 weeks after return from the STSM in order to get reimbursed.
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.
Specific provisions have been introduced to enable researchers from ITC participating in the respective COST Action to receive 50% of their STSM Grant when they complete the first day of their STSM. The remaining 50% of the Grant is payable once the administrative requirements have been satisfied.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
With kind regards,
Monika Kałużna (STSM Coordinator)
Ralf Koebnik (Chair)
Isabelle Sciacco (Grant Holder Administrator)