Methagene COST action FA1302Apr 07

Call for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM)


1st Call for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

COST Action FA1302 - “Methagene – Large-scale methane measurements on individual ruminants for genetic evaluations”


We are looking to fund up to 3 short term scientific missions to develop linkages and scientific collaborations between participating institutions involved in the
Methagene COST ActionApplication deadline is April 30, 2014 (response within two weeks from the deadline).


Strengthening the existing networks and fostering collaboration by allowing scientists to visit an institution in another
COST Country participating in the FA1302 Action. STSM should contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action; i.e., discuss and develop 1) protocols to harmonize large-scale methane measurements using different techniques; 2) easy to record and inexpensive proxies for methane emissions to be used for genetic evaluations; and 3) approaches for incorporating methane emissions into national breeding strategies. Applications of young researchers are especially encouraged.


>From 5 working days to 3 months (or 6 months for Early Stage Researchers (less than PhD + 8 years) if approved by the management committee). The final duration of the STSM will depend on the budget allocated to the Applicant based on their request. STSM should be finished before October 31, 2014


STSM applicant could be a postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow, or be employed by or officially affiliated to an institution or legal entity (Home institution)
from a country participating in this COST ACTION. Early Stage Researchers (less than PhD + 8 years) will be prioritized.


An STSM may only be approved from a Home institution in a COST participating country to a Host institution in another COST participating country.


Financial Supportmaximum 2500 Euro (as approved by the Action MC).

This amount includes up to 500 Euro for the travel expenses and up to 80-100 Euro per day for subsistence costs.

Note: The payment of the grant will be executed after STSM has been finished and approved.


Application procedure:

The Applicant should:

1. obtain the agreement of the host institution, before submitting his/her application;

2. use the on-line registration tool to register his/her request for an STSM (see; 

3. after registration, download the formal STSM application and complete it with supporting documentation (CV, list of publications, motivation letter (half A4 page), letter of support from the home institute);

4. send the application by e-mail as attachment to the future Host institution of the STSM and to the Action STSM Coordinator : Dr Marcin Pszczola

Further details: Chapter 6 of COST Vademecum (Part 1) – Short Term Scientific Missions (see: http://

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