First call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) 

The ESFLU network ( is pleased to announce the 1st call for STSM applications. 

Missions must be concluded no later than the 31/10/2023. 

All potential applicants are encouraged to consider the objectives of ESFLU network and to apply according to the STSM guidelines. 

The STSMs must contribute to the scientific objectives of Working Groups 1,2&3 of the network. 

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) aim at supporting individual mobility and at strengthening the existing network and fostering collaborations by allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory, preferably in another Participating COST Country, or in approved COST Near Neighbor Countries (NNC) Institutions or in approved International Partners Countries (IPC) institutions. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, while at the same time allowing applicants to learn new techniques or gain access to specific instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions. 

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 which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. 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 applicant. 

The network intends to finance eight (8) STSMs, to contribute in the scientific objectives of WG1, WG2, WG3 in the following training scopes: 

▪ Diagnostics of Swine Influenza (WG1) -two (2) grants 

▪ Phylodynamics – Phylogenetic Analysis (WG2)- two (2) grants 

▪ Vaccines Efficacy (WG3)-two (2) grants 

▪ Review of IAVsw monitoring and surveillance activities in Europe- two (2) grants 

Each STSM must have a minimum duration of 5 calendar days and include travel-mobility of the beneficiary to a host organization located in a different country than the country of affiliation. Gender, geography, career stage and qualifications of the applicant will be taken into consideration when evaluating the proposals. 

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