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Fourth Call for Short Term Scientific Missions and Second Call for Virtual Mobility Grants

Grant Period: 1 November 2021 – 31 October 2022

The main aim of STSMs is to support collaboration between researchers and exchange visits between institutions from different countries that has joined this COST action. STSMs allow scientist to learn new techniques and gain access to specific equipment and methods not available in their home institution.

Each STSM has a minimum duration of one week (5 working days), the maximum duration is not limited.

 

Important days:

Open call: 03/02/2022

Deadline for application: 03/03/2022 (for STSMs); for VM grants the call is open until funds are available.

Evaluations: first evaluation will be done 10 days after application submission, final decision: one week after evaluation.

First possible starting date of the STSM: 01/03/2022 and no later than 15/05/2022

Another STSM call will be open on 01/04/2022 for those who wish to conduct their STSM in the second half of the Grant Period (May-September).

 

How to apply:

All applicants should refer to the currently available documents published on the COST webpage:

· Memorandum of Understanding: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18201/

· COST Annotated rules: https://www.cost.eu/uploads/2021/10/COST-094-21-Annotated-Rules-for-COST-Actions-Level-C-2021-11-01-1.pdf

· Grant awarding user guide: https://www.cost.eu/uploads/2021/12/Grant-Awarding-userguide.pdf

The application must be done through the on-line application form (https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm/)

 

The budget available within this call is 15 000 eur for STSMs and 7 500 eur for VM grants. The amount asked by the applicant can be reduced by the committee based on the activities included in the grant application or in case of many applications.

 

1) STSMs

Applicants are encouraged to contact Working Group(s) leader(s) prior to submitting their application to ensure that proposed outcome of their STSM agrees with the objectives of the action. In their application, applicants MUST STATE THE WORKING GROUP THEIR STSM IS CONNECTED TO.

We are especially looking for applicants to perform STSMs in the following two topics:

 

STSM 1. Title: Collecting and compiling detailed data of past and ongoing plant translocations in Europe

Brief description of the STSM: This task is part of objective 4.1 of Working Group 2: “Review of literature and unpublished cases related to plant translocations”. Broad objectives and an introduction to ConservePlants Working Group 2 is available here: https://conserveplants.eu/en/working-groups/wg2

Rationale: To respond effectively to European conservation policies (e.g., art. 11.2 of the Bern Convention, art. 22 of the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC), plant translocations (reintroductions) must inevitably increase to enable species to colonize habitats that they are unable to reach by natural dispersal. Case studies, best practice and experiences of plant reintroductions are however not well-synthesized, lack crucial and precise implementation manuals and are not sufficiently disseminated to the plant conservation community, most often remaining in unpublished internal reports to which access is difficult.

Tasks: (a)Develop an online questionnaire survey on plant translocations (motivations, methods, results, obstacles), (b) Review published articles, grey literature, regional reports, databases and any other official documents at local, regional and national level within Europe and (c) Gather data in a format ready to be analysed.

This can be done as part of an STSM (host institution: Meise Botanic Garden), or in the framework of a VM Grant. For more information please contact WG2 leader Sandrine Godefroid (sandrine.godefroid@botanicgardenmeise.be)

 

STSM 2. Title: Translation of conservation genetics/genomics results in the management of plant genetic resources

Brief description of the STSM: This STSM will be linked to the objectives of WP5; for more information please contact WG5 leader Prof. Phil Aravanopoulos (aravanop@for.auth.gr)

STSMs on other topics will also be considered.

Applicants must submit the following information:

▪ Applicant details

▪ Home institution (the institution/organisation where the STSM applicant holds their primary affiliation)

▪ STSM details (project proposal): The proposal needs to include (i) duration, (ii) aims and motivation (the benefits to be obtained from the STSM), (iii) a plan of the work to be carried out, (iv) proposed contribution to the Action objectives, mentioning the Working Group that the STSM is connected to, and (v) what techniques and equipment (s)he may learn to use.

▪ Bank details

▪ Host details (must be located in a different country than the country of the applicant)

▪ Financial construction

▪ Supporting documents:

- STSM application in pdf

- CV

- letter of support from the home institution

- letter of agreement from the host institution

Who can apply?

Young researchers or innovators or any other applicants that are employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

Evaluation criteria

Each proposal will be assessed independently by the STSM committee and an evaluation score will be given considering the proposal clarity, relevance for the Action, feasibility, planning and outputs.

Very poor: proposal illogical and not understandable. Not clearly linked to any WG.

Poor: proposal with limited understanding, planning and no clear objectives. Weakly linked to at least one WG.

Fair: proposal with some understanding, planning and objectives. Moderate links to at least one WG.

Good: good proposal but needs input to develop feasible STSM. Well linked to at least one WG.

Excellent: proposal well designed in terms of planning, feasibility and projected outputs. Strongly linked to at least one WG

In the case of many proposals, PhD students, Young researchers and applicants from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC*) will be given priority.

After the STSM

After completing the mission, the successful applicant is required to provide the following documents (must be submitted within 30 days after the completion of STSM):

a) A scientific report

b) An official letter / email from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution formally accepting the scientific report

c) promotion material that can be uploaded to the ConservePlants website and/or used for promotion of the COST action ConservePlants (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website). Promotion material can be either: (i) a short text with the description of the work done with relevant photos; (ii) a short (2-5 min) video presentation or (iii) a poster.

The promotion materials must be sent to Dr. Aida Dervishi (aida.dervishi@fshn.edu.al) as soon as possible or maximum within 30 calendar days from the date of the presentation.

Grants are paid by the Grant Holder after the completion of the activity and approval of all required report/documentation. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in the cancellation of the grant.

 

2) VM Grants

Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants aim at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to foster collaboration in a virtual setting, to exchange knowledge, learn new techniques, disseminate Action results, etc. The successful applicant(s) will be selected by the committee to perform activities that do not necessarily require in-person presence. These activities may include surveys, questionnaires or preparation of protocols, virtual mentoring of activities that can generate capacity, build new skills, etc.

 

Eligibility criteria

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Applicant(s) are Action participants with a primary affiliation to an institution located in a COST Full or Cooperating Member country or MC Observers from a COST Near Neighbour Country.
  • The applicant(s) shall inform the MC about the aim of the VM Grant and how its outcomes will generate benefits to the Action, actively contribute to the activities and overall objectives of the Action and submit a report at the end, to be approved by the VNS manager on behalf of the MC.

Grant Amount

The maximum amount for the VM grant is 1500 eur. This amount can be reduced by the committee.

Deadline

The call is open until funds are available.

The activity must be finished by 15 September 2022 the latest.

Procedure to Apply

To apply, in e-COST complete an application by clicking on the VNT Application tab.

For additional information please refer to the VNT User Manual.

Implementation of Activities

The successful applicant(s) shall implement the workplan approved in their application within the time frame also there defined and always within one single Grant Period. Please consult the Annotated rules for cost Actionts to see which activities can be funded.

The grantee has 30 calendar days from the completion of the Virtual Mobility Grant to submit a report to the Action Chair/ the VNS Manager and to the Science Officer of the Action including:

  • Description of the outcomes and achieved outputs (including any specific MoU deliverables, or publications resulting from the Virtual Mobility).
  • Description of the benefits to the COST Action Strategy (what and how).
  • Description of the virtual collaboration (including constructive reflection on activities undertaken, identified successful practices and lessons learned).
  • Moreover, the grantee needs to prepare promotion material that can be uploaded to the ConservePlants website and/or used for promotion of the COST action ConservePlants on social media. Promotion material can be either: (i) a short text with the description of the work done with relevant photos; (ii) a short (2-5 min) video presentation or (iii) a poster.

The grantee will have the obligation to actively contribute to the activities of the Action WG relevant to those findings.

Grants are paid by the Grant Holder after the completion of the activity and approval of all required report/documentation. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in the cancellation of the grant.

Evaluation and Selection of Applicants

The evaluation of each received VM grant application is performed by the ITC Grants committee.

The selection of successful grantee shall be based on contributions to the overall objectives of the Action, the approved strategy on the virtual networking for the Action and the implementation of the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy.

The application shall be submitted in e-COST and include the following information:

  • Main objective of the Virtual Mobility Grant.
  • Working Plan: Description of the collaborative initiative to be implemented.
  • Plan for Participation: List of participants in the collaborative initiative (short description of their expertise and contribution).
  • Main expected outputs: results and contribution to the progress towards the MoU objectives (either research coordination and/or capacity building objectives can be tackled) and delivery of the MoU objectives.
  • Contribution to the COST Action Strategy: How will the Virtual Mobility contribute to the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy and plans for stakeholder engagement and promoting participation of researchers from NNC and IPC and to the approved virtual networking strategy.

For any further clarification about the STSMs or VM grants, please contact the Grant Awarding Coordinator Aida Dervishi (aida.dervishi@fshn.edu.al)

 

Fourth call for ITC Conference Grant Applications (Grant period 1.11.2021 – 31.10.2022)

 

ITC Conference Grants are aimed at supporting Young researchers and innovators from COST Inclusiveness Target Countries and Near Neighbour Countries to attend international science and technology related conferences not specifically organized by the COST Action.

Financial support is aimed at providing contribution for travelling, accommodation and subsistence expenses, registration fee, printing of scientific poster and overall effort.

Details:

  • Starting date of the call: 28.1.2022
  • Deadline: The call will be open until funds are available.
  • Evaluations: Every 1st week of the Month (first evaluation: 01/03/2022), final decision one week after evaluation.

Eligibility criteria

ITC Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for Young researchers or innovators from ITC or NNC countries.

An applicant is considered as being Young researcher or innovator if he/she is a researcher under the age of 40.

ITC Countries are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey.

NNC counties are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo[1], Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine[2], [Russia][3], Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.

The applicant must make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral presentation / poster presentation at the approved conference must be on plant conservation and must acknowledge the COST Association and the COST Action ConservePlants.

The proposed conference to be attended must take place before 30 September 2022.

The submission for ITC conference grant should be made after the abstract has been approved by the conference organizers. In case of many applications, priority will be given to oral presentations over poster presentations.

The maximum amount of the grant is 1000 eur. Virtual conference fees up to a maximum of 500 EUR can be considered eligible provided all other eligibility conditions are fulfilled.

 

The application process

Applicants must carefully read the funding rules detailed in the COST Annotated rules for COST Actions and Grant Awarding user guide. This document is available at: https://www.cost.eu/funding/how-to-get-funding/documents-guidelines/

Applicants must fill in the Application form in the e-COST system (https://e-service.cost.eu/) indicating:

  • Conference title, date and venue,
  • Budget requested,
  • Motivation describing how is the topic of the presentation connected with the COST Action ConservePlants and what is the potential for impact on his/her career.

Additionally, they must upload:

  • A copy of the abstract of the accepted oral or poster presentation;
  • Acceptance letter from the conference organisers.

 

Implementation of the Activity

The grantee must implement the approved (oral or poster) presentation; in the presentation, the COST Action must be acknowledged.

 

After the conference

Once the activity has ended, the grantee must submit the required reports and relevant documentation in e-COST within 30 days after the end date of the Grant and must claim the payment of the grant via e-COST.

 

The following documents must accompany the claim:

  • the certificate of attendance,
  • the programme of the conference or book of abstracts / proceedings indicating the presentation (oral or poster) of the grantee and
  • a copy of the given presentation (oral or poster).
  • In case of oral presentation, the grantee must prepare promotion material that can be uploaded to the ConservePlants website and/or used for promotion of the COST action ConservePlants (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website). Promotion material can be either: (a) a short text with the description of the work done with relevant photos; b) a short (2-5 min) video presentation or c) a poster. These documents must be sent to Dr. Aida Dervishi (aida.dervishi@fshn.edu.al) as soon as possible or maximum within 30 calendar days from the date of the presentation.

 

Grants are paid by the Grant Holder after the completion of the activity and approval of all required report/documentation. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in the cancellation of the grant.

 

For any further clarification, please contact the Grant Awarding Coordinator Dr. Aida Dervishi (aida.dervishi@fshn.edu.al)

 


[1] This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

[2] This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.

[3] Subject to confirmation by the EC.

 

Virtual Networking Support (VNS) Grant Call

The Virtual Networking Support (VNS) Grant aims at promoting virtual collaboration to complement traditional ways of collaboration within the research and innovation communities. This grant intends to stimulate virtual collaboration among the members of a given Action by designating a Virtual Networking Support Manager. The successful applicant will be selected by the ITC Grants Committee to promote virtual collaboration, such as developing a virtual networking strategy for the Action, taking overall responsibility for Virtual Mobility Grants (see below) and supporting the MC in the discussions and planning of virtual events and collaboration activities.

 

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicant(s) are Action participants with a primary affiliation to an institution located in a COST Full or Cooperating Member country or MC Observers from a COST Near Neighbour Country.
  • The applicant(s) shall be prepared to develop a virtual networking strategy, coordinate the call for expression of interest for the Virtual Mobility Grants and draft at the end of the grant period a report to be approved by the MC.

 

Grant Amount

A financial contribution of up to EUR 4 000 can be awarded per Grant Period. The ITC Grants committee shall define the exact amount of the grant. The grant does not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking the virtual networking coordination role.

 

Deadline

The application deadline is 6th July 2021.

 

Procedure to Apply

To apply, In e-COST complete an application by clicking on the VNT Application tab. For additional information please refer to the VNT User Manual.

 

Implementation of Activities

The successful applicant shall take the Virtual Networking Support (VNS) Manager role in the COST Action.

The activities expected to be performed by the successful applicant, but not limited to, are:

  • Prepare and distribute among the MC members of the Action and the COST Science Officer a detailed strategy on virtual networking for the entire Action (following consultation with Action participants, subject to MC approval).
  • Support the MC in the discussions and planning of virtual events and collaboration activities.
  • Assist in the selection of hosts for the virtual networking events and collaboration activities.
  • Assist the selected hosts in preparation and coordination of online events and collaboration activities (including the analysis of technical needs).
  • Oversee the selection of the most appropriate virtual tools for each specific virtual activity (webinar, virtual conference, online library containing learning material for use by the Action members) considering the needs of the Action and the activities (need for sub-groups, forums, etc.), demonstrate the principle of best value for money, adhere to GDPR requirements.
  • Support the call, evaluation process, and coordination of the Virtual Mobility Grants (upon decision of the MC).

The grantee has 15 calendar days from the end of the Grant Period to submit a report to the Action Chair / the appointed Coordinator / Committee and to the Science Officer of the Action including:

  • The Action’s strategy on virtual networking approved by the MC.
  • The list and brief description of virtual events and collaboration activities organised during the Grant Period.
  • The contribution to the COST Action MoU objectives for each of the virtual events and collaboration activities
  • The contribution to the COST Excellence and inclusiveness Policy, specially towards the support of researchers in COST Inclusiveness Target Countries.
  • Stakeholder engagement and promoting participation of researchers from Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries.
  • Description of identified successful practices and lessons learned.

The report shall consider only virtual activities carried out in their entirety within a single Grant Period.

 

Evaluation and Selection of Applicants

The evaluation of each submitted VNS grant application is performed by the ITC Grants Committee. 

The selection of successful grantee shall be based on contributions to the overall objectives of the Action and the implementation of the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy.

The application shall be submitted in e-COST and include the following information:

  1. A description of how the COST Action can benefit from developing virtual networking activities, with a focus on:
  • Progress towards the MoU objectives and deliverables.
  • COST Excellence and inclusiveness Policy, specially towards the support of researchers in COST Inclusiveness Target Countries.
  • Stakeholder engagement and promoting the participation of researchers from NNC and IPC (COST Global Networking).
  1. A proposal for the strategy outline on virtual networking, including an approach for coordinating Virtual Mobility Grants (where relevant) by:
  • Opening calls and managing the evaluation process for awarding the Virtual Mobility Grants.
  • Supporting and advising beneficiaries of the Virtual Mobility Grant.

Additionally, the proposal shall include a plan on coordinating and reporting any planned COST Action events that will be held online (e.g. Annual Meeting or Conference) and how they fit the overall Action

Third Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) - Grant Period: 1 May 2020 – 31 October 2021 (closed)

 

The main aim of STSM is to support collaboration between researchers and exchange visits between institutions from different countries that has joined this COST action. STSMs allow scientist to learn new techniques and gain access to specific equipment and methods not available in their home institution. STSMs must be directly connected to the topics of one of the Working Groups of the COST Action CA18201 ConservePlants. 

Each STSM has a minimum duration of one week (5 working days), the maximum duration is not limited. A maximum of EUR 3 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant.

If the applicant is affiliated with an institute from an Inclusiveness Target Country (ITC*), (s)he can apply for a pre-payment of 50% of the Grant. The applicant must keep in mind that the transfer of the 50% of the Grant can only take place after the mission has started.

 

Important days:

Open call: 16/02/2021

Deadline for application: The Call will be open until funds are available. Applicants will be able to apply anytime.

Evaluations: every 2ndand 4thWednesday of a Month (first evaluation: 24/02/2021), final decision: one week after evaluation. 

First possible starting date of the STSM: 01/03/2021 

The STSM must be concluded until: 15/10/2021

 

How to apply:

The guidelines for application are available here: https://www.cost.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/STSM-userguide.pdf

The application must be done through the on-line application form (https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm/)

 

Applicants must submit the following information:

▪ Applicant details

▪ Home institution (the institution/organisation where the STSM applicant holds their primary affiliation)

▪ STSM details (project proposal):

- duration (the application must start and end between 01/03/2021 and 15/10/2021),

- aims and motivation (the benefits to be obtained from the STSM),

- a plan of the work to be carried out,

- proposed contribution to the Action objectives,

- what techniques and equipment (s)he may learn to use.

▪ Bank details

▪ Host details (must be located in a different country than the country of the applicant)

▪ Financial support for travel costs (maximum 300 EUR) and subsistence (maximum 160 EUR per day). 

▪ Supporting documents:

- STSM application in pdf

- CV

- letter of support from the home institution

- letter of agreement from the host institution

 

Who can apply? 

- PhD students

- Early-Careers Investigators’ (ECIs): an applicant who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (excluding maternity leave)

- Other applicants must be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research

 

Evaluation criteria

Each proposal will be assessed independently by the STSM committee and an evaluation score will be given considering the proposal clarity, relevance for the Action, feasibility, planning and outputs. 

 

Very poor: proposal illogical and not understandable. Not clearly linked to any WG. 

Poorproposal with limited understanding, planning and no clear objectives. Weakly linked to at least one WG. 

Fairproposal with some understanding, planning and objectives. Moderate links to at least one WG. 

Good: good proposal but needs input to develop feasible STSM. Well linked to at least one WG. 

Excellentproposal well designed in terms of planning, feasibility and projected outputs. Strongly linked to at least one WG

In the case of many proposals, PhD students, Early-Careers Investigators and applicants from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC*) will be given priority.

 

 

After the STSM

After completing the mission, the successful applicant is required to provide the following documents (must be submitted within 30 days after the completion of STSM):

- A scientific report

- a short description of the work done with photos that can be used for dissemination purposes (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, ConservePlants Website)

- An official letter / email from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution formally accepting the scientific report

 

For any further clarification, please contact the STSM coordinator Loukia Vassiliou (loukia.vassiliou@ari.gov.cy)

 

*ITC Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, the North Republic of Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

 

Third call for ITC Conference Grant Applications (Grant period 1 May 2020 - 30 October 2021 - closed!)

 

ITC Conference Grants are aimed at supporting PhD students and Early Career Investigators (ECI) from Participating Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) to attend international science and technology related conferences not specifically organized by the COST Action. An applicant can be considered as being an ECI when the time that has elapsed between the award date of the applicants PhD and the date of the applicants' first involvement in the COST Action CA18201 does not exceed 8 years.

Eligibility criteria

Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students, PhD candidates and ECI’s with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC participating in the Action. 

The applicant must make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral / poster presentation at the approved conference must be on the topic of the Action ConservePlants and must acknowledge COST (see Cost Vademecum Section 10).

The proposed conference to be attended must take place before 30 September 2021. Virtual conference fees up to a maximum of 500 EUR can be considered eligible provided all other eligibility conditions are fulfilled!

Priority will be given to oral presentations over poster presentations. 

The submission for ITC conference grants should be made after the abstract has been approved by the conference organizers.

The application process 

Applicants must carefully read the funding rules detailed in Section 7 of the COST Vademecum. This document is available at: http://www.cost.eu/participate.

Applicants must submit the application using an e-COST profile at https://e-services.cost.eu/and provide the details of the bank account into which a grant would be made if ITC conference application is approved and completed successfully.

The deadline: The call will be open until funds are available 

Evaluations: Every 1st week of the Month (first evaluation: 01/03/2021), final decision: one week after evaluation.

The list of supporting documents to be submitted for the evaluation are:

Applicants must send the following documents (in a single PDF) to the members of ITC Conference Grants Commission Prof. Govianna Aronne (Giovanna.aronne@unina.it), Dr. Aida Dervishi (aida.dervishi@fshn.edu.al), Prof. Maja Lazarević (majat@bio.bg.ac.rs).

  • The submitted ITC application form
  • A full CV, including recent publications
  • A copy of the abstract or manuscript accepted

Additionally (if available): 

  • The most recent conference booklet or leaflet / conference program (especially if the Applicant is listed) or the confirmation of abstract acceptance

After the conference the grantee needs to send the presentation / poster that is ackowledging COST Conserve Plants. In addition the grantee has 30 day calendar days from the end of the date of the conference to upload a report to the eCost platform.

With any further questions, please contact ITC Conference Grants Coordinator aida.dervishi@fshn.edu.al.

 

Second Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) - Grant Period: 1 May 2020 – 30 April 2021 

The main aim of STSM is to support collaboration between researchers and exchange visits between institutions from different countries that have joined this COST action. STSMs allow scientists to learn new techniques and gain access to specific equipment and methods not available in their home institution.

Each STSM has a minimum duration of one week (5 working days), the maximum duration is not limited. 

 

The budget is limited up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day to cover meals and accommodation expenses, up to a maximum of EUR 300 for travel costs. A maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant.

 

If the applicant is affiliated with an institute from an Inclusiveness Target Country (ITC*), (s)he can apply for a pre-payment of 50% of the Grant. The applicant must keep in mind that the transfer of the 50% of the Grant can only take place after the mission has started.

 

Within this call we are looking for applicants to perform their STSMs in the following 6 topics:

 

STSM 1 Title: Influence of habitat and climatic conditions on population dynamics of endangered species 

 

Brief description of the STSM: This STSM will be linked to the Task 1.1 “Review specific uses of life cycle data and suggest guidelines for wider use of these data in practical conservation” fulfilling Activity 5 “Modelling of environmental suitability and species performance for selected plants with the highest risk of extinction under future climate change”. Specifically, it will develop the issue using long term population data on Minuartia smejkalii as a case study. It will use these data to develop models of population dynamics under different environmental and climate scenarios and demonstrate how these data can be used to design suitable management actions of the species to ensure its long-term stability. The developed models will also be applicable to other threatened species studied by other members of the action. 

 

STSM 2 Title: Assessing floral complexity as plant vulnerability indicator of the European flora – Data analyses

 

Brief description of the STSM: In the floral complexity project, we are examining whether plant species with complex flowers are more likely to be threatened. This project fits the activities of WG1, in particular Task 1.1, dealing with evaluation of species-based approaches and reproductive traits aimed at providing plant conservation actions. Researchers from 35 countries (30 participating in COST) have been asked to provide a list of fourteen intrinsic and extrinsic plant traits for all insect-pollinated taxa included in their country’s Red Data List. The datasets will be delivered by participants in the period 

September – November 2020. Subsequently, statistical analysis of all collected data will be carried out at Theodora Petanidou’s lab until March 2021. The purpose of this STSM is to discuss the results of the statistical analysis, produce results and coordinate further actions. This work aims at gaining a deeper understanding of intrinsic plant vulnerability, and, depending on evidence, results may be used to propose intrinsic factors to be incorporated in plant conservation schemes.

 

Host: Theodora Petanidou, University of the Aegean, Greece

 

STSM 3 Title: Preparation and analysis of the Database of Conservation actions and institutions

 

Brief description of the STSM: One of the main activities of WG1 is to gather available data on conservation actions on threatened plant species and institutions dealing with plant conservation throughout Europe. For this, representatives of WG1, WG2 and WG4 have been working in a table that will be distributed to all members of COST Action ConservePlants to fulfill requested information. In that way, we will try to gather as much data as possible about previous (from 2000 onward) and on-going conservation actions in Europe and institutions dealing with these problems. This will be the basis for interactive platform that will be freely available to all interested parties. The final aim is to establish and reinforce the network of scientists and other stakeholders from different backgrounds and not only from biological science and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and information between them. This STSM will be devoted to analyzing all the data collected and produce results. Analyses of several aspects of conservation actions in Europe, such as: geographical distributions of these actions; differences in organization, finances, success between, for example European Union (EU) and Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC); type of the involved institutions; characteristics of species covered by these actions and their habitats; type of actions performed, etc, will be undertaken. Finally, on the basis of all these analyses it will be possible to review the good and the bad sides of finished conservation actions, identify knowledge gaps in plant conservation and provide directions for future use.

 

STSM 4 Title: Genetic and genomic approaches in plant conservation 

 

Brief description of the STSM: This STSM will be linked to the WP5 1st Goal that refers to the preparation of review papers, in particular, a “Review paper of the use of genetic and genomic information in the conservation of European threatened plants and their integration into management, conservation plans, and regulatory framework”. The literature on the state-of-the-art genomic tools utilized in plant conservation will be collected and reviewed. Besides the review work, laboratory work with molecular markers (especially Simple Sequence Repeats) will be carried out on the selected forest and fruit trees, such as cherry, chestnut, and walnut to estimate genetic diversity and population structure. Data analysis will be performed and the results will be interpreted and translated into conservation recommendations.

The STSM will give a chance to develop long-term collaboration and knowledge sharing between the applicant and the host lab in up-to-date genetic and genomic technologies in plant conservation.

 

 

STSM 5 TitlePopulation genetic tools for studying of rare species

 

Brief description of the STSM: Several population-genetic tools are available to study the diversity and population differentiation of rare and endangered plant species. Depending on the research question, source material, time and costs, there are method-specific preferences. Researchers are invited to visit the lab at Justus-Liebig-University to learn about pros, cons and limitations of population genetic tools, to get acquainted with molecular lab work, to conduct a small investigation and learn about analysis techniques. It would be nice if a small research project could be worked on during the stay, which would be published later.

Host: Birgit Gemeinholzer, Justus-Liebig-University, Germany

 

STSM 6 Title: Overview and analysis of existing conservation policy documents

 

Brief description of the STSM: A lack of coherence in plant conservation is an ongoing problem within European countries. There are significant differences between regions and countries within regions in financial resources and human expertise. The aim of the STSM is to create an overview of existing European policy documents in order to identify potential gaps. Data deficiencies should be identified in existing conservation assessments of the European vascular flora (2011), European medicinal plants (2014) and European trees (2019). Additionally, policy documents should be revised in order to identify major inconsistencies (e.g. habitat directive, Bern convention, CITES, etc.). Experiences in identification of gaps should be considered based on existing initiatives, e.g. the ENSCONET approach.

 

 

Important days:

Open call: 03/09/2020

Deadline for application: 21/09/2020

Final decision: 25/09/2020

First possible starting date: 26/09/2020 

The STSM must be concluded until 15/3/2021

 

How to apply:

The guidelines for application are available here: 

https://www.cost.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/STSM-userguide.pdf

 

The application must be done through the on-line application form (https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm/)

 

Applicants must submit the following information:

▪ Applicant details

▪ Home institution (the institution/organisation where the STSM applicant holds their primary affiliation)

▪ STSM details (project proposal):

- duration (the application must start and end between 26/09/2020 and 15/3/2021),

- aims and motivation (the benefits to be obtained from the STSM),

- a detailed plan of the work to be carried out,

- proposed contribution to the Action objectives,

- what techniques and equipment (s)he may learn to use.

▪ Bank details

▪ Host details (must be located in a different country than the country of the applicant)

▪ Financial support for travel costs (maximum 300 EUR) and subsistence (maximum 160 EUR per day). 

▪ Supporting documents:

- STSM application in pdf

- CV

- letter of support from the home institution

- letter of agreement from the host institution

 

Who can apply? 

- PhD students

- Early-Careers Investigators’ (ECIs): an applicant who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (excluding maternity leave)

- Other applicants must be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research

 

Evaluation criteria

Each proposal will be assessed independently by the STSM committee and an evaluation score will be given considering the proposal clarity, relevance for the Action, feasibility, planning and outputs. A maximum of one STSM per title will be awarded; in case there are more proposals for one title, evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

 

Very poor: proposal illogical and not understandable with no planning.

Poorproposal with limited understanding, planning and no clear objectives. 

Fairproposal with some understanding, planning and objectives. 

Good: good proposal but needs input to develop feasible STSM. 

Excellentproposal well designed in terms of planning, feasibility and projected outputs. 

 

In the case of many proposals, PhD students, Early-Careers Investigators and applicants from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC*) will be given priority.

 

After the STSM

After completing the mission, the successful applicant is required to provide the following documents (must be submitted within 30 days after the completion of STSM):

- a scientific report;

- a short description of the work done with photos that can be used for dissemination purposes (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, ConservePlants Website);

- an official letter / email from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution formally accepting the scientific report.

 

For any further clarification, please contact the STSM coordinator Loukia Vassiliou (loukia.vassiliou@ari.gov.cy)

 

 

First Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) - Grant Period: 1 Nov 2019 – 30 April 2020

 

The main aim of STSM is to support collaboration between researchers and exchange visits between institutions from different countries that has joined this COST action. STSMs allow scientist to learn new techniques and gain access to specific equipment and methods not available in their home institution.

Each STSM has a minimum duration of one week (5 working days), the maximum duration is not limited. The budged is limited up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day to cover meals and accommodation expenses, up to a maximum of EUR 300 for travel costs. A maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant.

If the applicant is affiliated with an institute from an Inclusiveness Target Country (ITC*), (s)he can apply for a pre-payment of 50% of the Grant. The applicant must keep in mind that the transfer of the 50% of the Grant can only take place after the mission has started.

 

Who can apply? 

- PhD students

- Early-Careers Investigators’ (ECIs): an applicant who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (excluding maternity leave)

- Other applicants must be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research

 

Evaluation criteria

Each proposal will be assessed independently by the STSM committee and an evaluation score will be given considering the proposal clarity, relevance for the Action, feasibility, planning and outputs. 

 

Very poor: proposal illogical and not understandable. Not clearly linked to any WG. 

Poorproposal with limited understanding, planning and no clear objectives. Weakly linked to at least one WG. 

Fairproposal with some understanding, planning and objectives. Moderate links to at least one WG. 

Good: good proposal but needs input to develop feasible STSM. Well linked to at least one WG. 

Excellentproposal well designed in terms of planning, feasibility and projected outputs. Strongly linked to at least one WG

In the case of many proposals, PhD students, Early-Careers Investigators and applicants from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC*) will be given priority.

 

Important days:

Open call: 21/11/2019

Deadline for application: 9/12/2019

Final decision: 16/12/2019

First possible starting date: 17/12/2019 

The STSM must be concluded until 15/3/2020

 

How to apply:

The guidelines for application are available here: https://www.cost.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/STSM-userguide.pdf

The application must be done through the on-line application form (https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm/)

 

Applicants must submit the following information:

▪ Applicant details

▪ Home institution (the institution/organisation where the STSM applicant holds their primary affiliation)

▪ STSM details:

   - duration (the application must start and end between 17/12/2019 and 15/3/2020)

   - aims and motivation (the benefits to be obtained from the STSM)

   - a plan of the work to be carried out

   - proposed contribution to the Action objectives

   - what techniques and equipment (s)he may learn to use

▪ Bank details

▪ Host details (must be located in a different country than the country of the applicant)

▪ Financial support for travel costs (maximum 300 EUR) and subsistence (maximum 160 EUR per day). 

▪ Supporting documents:

   - STSM application in pdf

   - CV

   - letter of support from the home institution

   - letter of agreement from the host institution

 

After the STSM

After completing the mission, the successful applicant is required to provide the following documents (must be submitted within 30 days after the completion of STSM):

- A scientific report

- An official letter / email from a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution formally accepting the scientific report

 

For any further clarification, please contact the STSM coordinator Loukia Vassiliou (loukia.vassiliou@ari.gov.cy)

 

*ITC Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, the North Republic of Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey