Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. 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.  Specific additional provisions have been enacted to encourage the participation of Early Career Investigators.

Previous calls

1st call for STSM applications for missions occurring between 1st July 2017 – 15th February 2018
(Call 1 – Grant Period 2, Deadline 30th May 2017)

“STSM was an excellent way how to establish close collaboration between
researchers from different countries. STSM for me was also a good
opportunity to discuss the research focusing on the phenomenon of missed
nursing care with other experienced researchers from different
perspectives. Thanks to STSM I could work on research protocol during
individual mobility at university under a supervision of well-known
expert from the investigated field.”

Renáta Zeleníková,
Czech Republic

“It was really great to spend a month in Maastricht in the Netherlands. The STSM in the Department of International Health, Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences in Maastricht University was a great opportunity to meet with other researchers interested in leadership. We could talk, discuss and argue. But at the end we all looked at the same direction – to make leadership much more effective at every level of nursing practice. One of the most important results of STSM mission was the idea that efficient and effective leadership may be one of the answers to the problem of rationing nursing care in nursing profession. Now it will be much easier to establish future collaboration between nurses and other medical specialists. I have many new friends. And Maastricht before the Christmas time was marvelous and really like in a fairytale.”

Joanna Gotlib,

2nd call for STSM applications for missions occurring between 15th October 2017 – 30th March 2018
(Call 2 – Grant Period 2, Deadline 10th September 2017)

“The STSM gave me the opportunity to meet with other researchers and people from academia who share common scientific interests. I had the chance to learn from researchers that already have conducted research in the field of rationing and missed nursing care and develop clinical research skills in several areas of this phenomenon. In addition, the experiences that I obtained from the STSM gave me the tools to cultivate a relationship with the other researchers and establish future collaborations.”

George Savva,

The STSM in Bozen, Italy at the Claudiana “Landesfachhochschule für Gesundheitsberufe” was an excellent opportunity to work in an international team on the analysis of the implicit rationing of nursing and its influencing factors data, which were collected in two empirical studies in Italy and Switzerland. The intensive work on this data and the discussion of the results gave us some new insights regarding the factors that seems to contribute to the shown similarities and differences in the rationing levels, like difference in the culture, responsibilities, scope of duties, qualification of the nurses. Furthermore, the STSM was for me a great opportunity to foster the pre-existing collaboration, to connect with other researcher and co-operators from the Claudiana and to exchange ideas about future project.

Maria Schubert,

3rd call for STSM applications for missions occurring between 1st January 2018 – 8th April 2018
(Call 3 – Grant Period 2, Deadline 10th December 2017)