Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

The goal of the KEYSTONE Action is to build a network of researchers, practitioners, and application domain specialists in fields related to semantic data management, semantic web, information retrieval, artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing, that enables collaborative research activity and technology transfer in the area of keyword-based search over structured data sources, with specific focus on:

  • Promoting the development of a new paradigm that provides users with keyword-based search capabilities for structured data sources as they currently use with documents;
  • Exploiting the structured nature of data sources in defining complex query execution plans by combining partial contributions from different sources.

Within this context, a number of grants for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are available this year. STSM are aimed at strengthening the existing research network by allowing scientists and researchers to visit an institution or laboratory in another KEYSTONE Country to foster collaboration, to learn a new skill or technique.

Funding Available

The total budget for this call will be communicated in the first week of March, since it will be constituted by all the unspent funds in this Grant Period. We plan to fund approximately 3 STSMs over this period, with an average funding/STSM of approximately €1500 (a maximum €2500 in total can be afforded to the grantee).
Please note that the financial support available via this scheme is a contribution towards the travel and subsistence cost of a STSM and may not necessarily cover all the costs. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals with a high benefit/cost ratio.

Criteria for Funding

  1. 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;
  2. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the agreement of the host institution BEFORE the submission of their application;
  3. The research subject of the STSM must be relevant for KEYSTONE;
  4. The Applicant and its host must be from two different KEYSTONE member countries;
  5. STSM funding is a contribution towards travel and subsistence costs, and cannot be used as a salary;
  6. Duration of a standard STSM: a minimum of 5 working days and a maximum of 90 days. Priorities in the first call will be given to longer STSM;
  7. ESR (Early Stage Researchers, i.e. researchers with PhDs + up to 8 years of research experience) may extend the duration of the STSM beyond the 90 days; in this case, ESR STSM must take place according to the following rules: a) Be a minimum duration of 91 days; b) Be a maximum duration of 180 days;
  8. All STSMs need to be carried out within their entirety within a single grant period and within the Action’s lifetime;
  9. Geographical and gender balance issues will be taken into consideration;
  10. Applications from ESR will be privileged.

Application Procedure

The procedure concerning STSM is governed by the COST Vademecum, in particular, Chapter 7. The on-line registration tool will issue a formal STSM application which has to be downloaded and sent by the Applicant electronically (via e-mail as an attachment) together with any necessary document which the Applicant may regard as helpful in supporting the application during the evaluation process (such as CV, full workplan, list of publications, motivation letter, statement of how proposed STSM contribute to the aims of the KEYSTONE Action, letter of support from the home institute, etc.) to the contact person of the STSM Host institution and to the STSM coordinator, Dr. Hussain Mahdi (hussain.mahdi@ul.ie) with the subject “KEYSTONE IC1302 – STSM Application – <applicant’s name>”.

Application Deadline

There will be two calls for STSM in the 1st year of the KEYSTONE Action:

Call Applications
Deadline
Notification BY
1st 29th February 2016 8th March 2016

NOTE: THE SHORT TERM SCIENTIFIC MISSION SHOULD BE FINISHED BY APRIL 25 AND THE REPORT HAS TO BE SENT TO THE STSM COORDINATOR BY THE SAME DEADLINE

Detailed call here.

 

KEYSTONE STMS Contact:

Dr Hussain Mahdi – STSM coordinator
Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
Tel: +353-61-213492, Fax: +353-61-339176
Email: hussain.mahdi@ul.ie
Dr Francesco Guerra – IC1302 Action Chair
DIEF – Dipartimento di Ingegneria “Enzo Ferrari”, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Tel: +39-059-2056264, Fax: +39-059-2056129
Web: www.dbgroup.unimo.it/~guerra
Email: francesco.guerra@unimore.it

 

Previous Calls

Call 2015

Call 2014

List of APPROVED STSMs