COST ACTION CA 15120 OpenMultiMed Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

3rd Call


1st November 2017


~ for missions starting from 10th November 2017 and to be completed by 20th April 2018 ~

3rd call, granted STSMs:

Dr. H. De Assis (IT-DE)

Mr. A. Hassan (NL-DK)

Mr. C. Nogales (NL-PT)

Ms. A.I. Casas (NL-ES)

COST ( is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. COST Action CA15120 Open Multiscale Systems Medicine OpenMultiMed ( and ) aims at gathering a critical mass of international researchers and coordinating them as a team that develops and evaluates a transdisciplinary framework for multiscale systems medicine, consisting of novel concepts, methodologies and technologies.


1) What Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) 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.

STSMs are particularly intended for Early Career Investigators (ECIs), i.e. a researcher whose career spun less than 8 years between the date of the PhD/doctorate (or similar experience) and the date of involvement in OpenMultiMed. Periods of career leave have to be added to this time span.


2) Eligibility Rules: adherence to the OpenMultiMed scientific objectives

STSMs must contribute to the scientific objectives of one or more OpenMultiMed Working Groups (WG), i.e. WG1 Systems Medicine, WG2 Multiscale Modelling, WG3 Multiscale Data Science, WG4 Multiscale Computing. In particular:

WG1 Systems Medicine concentrates on the biomedical aspects of multiscale systems medicine, informed by clinical research and medical practice in various broad disease areas, including various types of cancer, respiratory, neurological, immune and cardiovascular diseases, as well as research on ageing and environmental effects on health.

WG2 Multiscale Modelling concentrates on the modelling, simulation and analysis of multiscale biomedical systems. Multiscale modelling approaches have been developed in various fields (e.g. astronomy, material science). The challenge of this WG2 is to adapt existing and develop novel multiscale modelling and simulation approaches that can effectively address the challenges of multiscale systems medicine.

WG3 Multiscale Data Science: biomedical data on all levels of biomedical organization and scales are thought to be the key to future multiscale systems medicine. The challenge is to organize, manage, share, integrate and analyse these data and associated information from a multiscale systems medical perspective.

WG4 Multiscale Computing: the medical, modelling and data challenges of multiscale systems medicine typically require non- trivial computing solutions, from hand-held devices to supercomputer facilities. The challenge is to adapt existing and develop novel ICT for multiscale systems medicine

Full description of WGs and scientific objectives are found in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at: Applicants are encouraged to read the MoU.


3) Eligibility Rules: ApplicantsÕ status

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 or legal entity that has within its remit a clear association with performing research.


4) STSMs: international mobility rules

The institutions / organisations 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 following table shows the scenarios available to eligible STSM applicants:



Participating COST Countries (at July 2017; for updates check ):

COST Member Countries and/or Cooperating States that have accepted the ActionÕs MoU:

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, fYR Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

NCC Near Neighbour Countries:

Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine

IPC International Partner Countries:

Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay

European RTD Organisation

Any intergovernmental scientific research organisation that is responsible for infrastructures and laboratories whose members are countries, and the majority of which are COST Member Countries or Cooperating State.


5) STSM financial contribution

An STSM grant is a fixed financial contribution that takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the STSM application. STSM Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking a given mission. A STSM Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee.


Financial Contribution For All Applicants (Including ECIs):

STSMs and financial contribution follow the following criteria:

  1. They must have a minimum duration of 5 days.
  2. They must have a maximum duration of 90 days
  3. STSM need to be carried out in their entirety within a single Grant Period and always within the ActionÕs lifetime
  4. Max contribution per day: 160 Ū
  5. Max contribution for travel expenses: 500 Ū
  6. Max total contribution: 2500 Ū



Financial Contribution for ECIs ONLY:


Specific additional provisions have been enacted to encourage the participation of Early Career Investigators (ECI) in STSM.

To qualify for these specific provisions, the following conditions apply:

  1. The mission must have a minimum duration of 91 days
  2. The mission must have a maximum duration of 180 days
  3. STSM performed by ECI need to be carried out in their entirety within a single Grant Period and always within the ActionÕs lifetime
  4. Max contribution for travel expenses: 500 Ū
  5. Max total contribution: 3500 Ū


The COST Association and the Grant Holder of the Action are not to be considered as being an STSM GranteeÕs employer. STSM Grantees must make their own arrangements for all provisions related to visas, personal security, health, taxation, social security and pension matters.


The STSM Committee can approve differentiated country rates to cover accommodation and meal expenses based on the perceived cost of living in the host country.


6) STSM Application process






Eligible STSM applicants can submit their STSM applications online at: See ŅHOW TO APPLYÓ section no. 7 below.


The ActionÕs Management Committee performs the evaluation of each received STSM application.


The selection of successful STSM applicants must consider the scientific scope of the proposed mission and how the mission can support the Action in achieving its scientific objectives. There will be special considerations made by the MC with respect to supporting COST policies on promoting gender balance, enabling Early Career Investigators (ECI) and broadening geographical inclusiveness.


All eligible applications submitted by 1st November 2017 will be reviewed and approval/rejection decisions will be communicated to applicants by 10th November 2017 (as well as published online at this page).


Applicants are encouraged to read relevant documentation at point 8 below.






Payment of the Grant will be carried out AFTER the mission will have been completed AND IS SUBJECT TO the scientific report being approved by the STSM Committee and a senior researcher affiliated to the Host institution.





A) Register to


B) Go to  and provide:

*  Letter of invitation from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host institution

* STSM application form

* Motivation letter including a work plan detailing the proposed activities

* A support letter / email from the Home Institution

* Applicant's full C.V. (including a list of academic publications - if applicable)

Please note: it is very important to specify in the workplan and in the motivation letter why and how your mission will contribute to the OpenMultiMed objectives, and, in details, which WGs will benefit from your mission


C) Send an email to providing (same as above):

*  Letter of invitation from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host institution

* STSM application form completed and donwloaded from the above (attached to the email as a pdf document)    

* Motivation letter including a work plan detailing the proposed activities following the template from

* A support letter / email from the Home Institution

* Applicant's full C.V. (including a list of academic publications - if applicable)


D) Applicants need to receive before STSM initiation:

* MC pre-approval (email from delegated person). Please allow at least two weeks from the application submission to the pre-approval

*  The formal Grant Notification letter


E) The following information is needed after the STSM has been completed:

* Scientific Report (max five-pages) detailing the activities undertaken: it is necessary to give full information about why and how your mission has contributed to the OpenMultiMed objectives, and, in particular, which WGs has benefited from your mission, and how

* An official letter / Email confirmation from a senior Researcher affiliated to the Host institution formally accepting the scientific report


F) Applicants will receive:

* MC post-approval (email from delegated person) Š before STSM payment

* STSM payment

* Applicants of successful STSMs are kindly requested, in case of publication of the results partly coming from the mission work, to acknowledge OpenMultiMed in the following way: "supported by a STSM Grant from EU COST Action 15120 Open Multiscale Systems Medicine (OpenMultiMed)."

G) Criteria for evaluation include:

-Relevance of STSM with action objectives
-Relevance of host institute's expertise with STSM objectives
-Results of direct interest for/exploitable by the Action
-Applicant is ECI or PhD candidate
-No previous STSM by same applicant
-No other STSMs from same home institution / country


8) 8) For further details please refer to:


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