3rd Call for STSM applications launched by CostAction MOBILISE!

Friday, 14 August, 2020

Mobilising Data, Policies and Experts in Scientific Collections (MOBILISE)

Supporting #data mobilisation, biodiversity collections #digitisation, data practices & #curation

Purpose of a Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

The scope of the COST Action MOBILISE is to build up a cooperative, inclusive, bottom-up and responsive network with active involvement of European stakeholders to support research for biodiversity informatics. MOBILISE will facilitate knowledge and technology transfer across stakeholders, bridging the gap between biodiversity and geoscience research and information technology best practices. The focus on the current call, which aims to be widely inclusive, is on early career scientists, collection and data managers, collection curators and stewards from smaller institutions and institutions in countries that do not have extensive facilities and well-developed policies for data mobilisation, digitisation of biodiversity collections, data practices and curation.

As it is often not possible to move the collections, experienced experts are encouraged to apply for mobilities to lesser experienced facilities and support early career researchers onsite. At the same time, the grant proposals must be in line with the objectives of the MOBILISE work packages for the current period of the action. The objectives of each WG for the current period (Year 3) can be found at:

WG1: https://www.mobilise-action.eu/wg-1/

WG2: https://www.mobilise-action.eu/wg-2/

WG3: https://www.mobilise-action.eu/wg-3/

WG4: https://www.mobilise-action.eu/wg-4/

WG5: https://www.mobilise-action.eu/wg-5/

WG6: https://www.mobilise-action.eu/wg-6/

Who can apply to STSM ?

Applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity, which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. They should come from the COST Full Member countries or from COST Near Neighbour countries (for explanation of terms see COST Vademecum, this document is available at: https://www.cost.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Vademecum-V8-1-May-20202.pdf.

The institutions / organisations or legal entities, where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home Institutions. The Host Institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant. The scenarios available to eligible STSM applicants are given in detail in Section 8 of the COST Vademecum. Preference will be given to the PhD students and Early Career Investigators (ECI, for explanation see COST Vademecum) and to those and other scientists from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC, for explanation see COST Vademecum) countries.

Deadlines: 31 August/15 December 2020

Are you an institution or a laboratory holding collections and willing to support early-career scientists?

Become an host institution for Short-Term Scientific Missions by filling the form here: https://bit.ly/2PPQe3U

More information about the call and applications terms can be found here.