Fifth call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) of the COST Action EuroXanth
We received 13 applications, six of which were approved by the STSM Committee. We are happy to announce that six STSM Grants were given to:
|Irem Altin||University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy||Bacteriophage therapy against copper resistant/tolerant Xanthomonas arboricola pv. juglandis strains as implementation of IPM strategies||Institute for Plant Protection and Environment, Belgrade, Serbia||not yet available|
|Daiva Burokiene||Nature Research Center, Vilnius, Lithuania||Genomic analysis of atypical clade-1 xanthomonads||Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France||not yet available|
|Carolina Palencia Gándara||University of Cantabria, Spain||Role of conjugative plasmids in biofilm formation by the phytopathogen Xylella fastidosa||Auburn University, USA||not yet available|
|Andjelka Prokic||University of Belgrade, Serbia||Development of new molecular diagnostic methods for detection and identification of Xanthomonas arboricola pv. corylina||Zürich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland||not yet available|
|Dagmar Stehlikova||University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic||Optimization of loop mediated isothermal amplification for rapid detection of Xanthomonas arboricola pv. juglandis||University of Porto, Portugal||not yet available|
|Maria Del Pilar Velasco Amo||Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Córdoba, Spain||Genomic characterization of the interaction of different sequence types of Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca||Auburn University, USA||not yet available|
We are delighted to announce the opening of the 5th 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 June 1, 2019, and February 29, 2020.
The deadline for application was 28h April 2019.
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, email@example.com) and to the Chair (Dr Ralf Koebnik, firstname.lastname@example.org):
- 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)