The objective of our project and network is to refine, harmonise and promote the use of vascular ageing measures, in order to improve clinical practice and to reduce the burden of CVD globally. One of the activities to reach these ambitious objectives are Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). A STSM supports individual mobility, supporting the VascAgeNet COST Action to reach its overall objectives, and fostering collaboration between COST Action participants, networking and knowledge exchange. STSM applications should be linked to one of the main tasks and activities of the Working Groups.
A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the VascAgeNet COST Action (see VascAgeNet Objectives), 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. STMS need to be based on the scientific scope of the application and how it can support the COST Action in achieving its scientific objectives and take into account the COST Policy and Rules with particular attention on Inclusiveness and Excellence.
In the following, you can find some examples of already performed STSMs (all can be found here).
"The VascAgeNet STSM offered me the opportunity to acquire specific knowledge in the vascular field and to start a new collaboration between different investigators around the EU."
"As our research interests (personally, and as a CVEG lab) with Dr Triantafyllou are quite similar, there is room for more collaborations in the future. I’m very excited to have carved the pathway for this with the STSM."
This policy aims to provide collaboration opportunities to all researchers, engineers, scholars and other stakeholders and to overcome the bottlenecks that prevent the use of all talented and creative human resources available for European science.
Special considerations will be made with respect to supporting COST policies and rules on:
The call for STSMs is open now! All information about the application process, and evaluation rules with mandatory and additional ranking criteria can be found here: VascAgeNet STSM Eligibility Rules. For application, please fill in the form here: https://vascagenet.eu/stsm-application.
If you are searching for a host institution which would be happy to host a potential STSM grantee, please look here.
STSM Manager: Giacomo Pucci (see section on the VascAgeNet Team)