Working Group 1

Proteomics and Animal Health - The focus of Working Group 1 will be on research relevant to animal health covering biomarkers of infectious, parasitic and metabolic diseases, and genetic phenotype detection for breeding toward production goals as well as for resistance to disease.  It will be expected to interact with and be fully integrated with investigations into other aspects of farm animal science such as reproduction, metabolic, microbiology, parasitology, virology, immunology and nutrition.  Learn More

Working Group 2

Proteomics of Food of Animal Origin- The focus of Working Group 2 is to communicate fundamental research in proteomics related to food production, quality and food safety. Applying proteomics to food of animal origin aims at  understanding the protein based transformations that take place during processing, as when muscle is processed into meat products, and milk is processed to cheese and other dairy products.  Learn more

Working Group 3

Advancing Methodology for Farm Animal Proteomics - The focus of Working Group 3 is on the technical aspects of animal proteomics, from sample collection/preparation to protein separation, identification, and quantification in production animal body fluids, tissues and post harvest derived products. We compile knowledge from the COST members to develop generally applicable protocols for different types of specimens, offer technical support to the other WGs and highlight technological advances within the field of farm animal proteomics (FAP).  Learn More


STSM Coordinators:

Leader:  Dr Jenny RENAUT
Vice-Leader:  Dr Jarlath NALLY


What Is an STSM?

Short Term Scientific Missions(STSMs) are travel grants aimed at strengthening the existing COST action network by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST member state.  The home and the host institution can be public or private, and should be in a COST Member State having signed the Memorandum of Understanding and participating in the COST Action. For a list of countries that signed this COST action click here.

The objectives of STSMs are to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory.  The STSMs are particularly intended for young scientists.  For more detailed information see Chapter 6 Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) of the COST Vademecum (Part 1) :

New:  The applicants that have successfully completed their STSM will be invited to one of the Workgroup meetings to briefly present the work that they have executed in the framework of this STSM.


What Can the STSM Grant Cover?

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and are reviewed by the COST FA1002 management committee. Grants up to 2.500 Euros can be awarded.  This will cover travel and modest living allowance for a 1 week to 3 month period.  The financial contribution for a STSM will be a fixed grant based on the Applicant’s budget request and the evaluation of the application by the STSM assessment committee.  An amount of 60 to 90 € for the daily allowance and 300 € for the travel is recommended.  The COST Office, in exceptional cases, may expand STSMs of Early Stage Researchers (less than PhD + 10 years) to a duration beyond 3 months, but normally not more than 6 months in total.  In these cases, financial support can be increased to normally maximum EUR 3500.


Registration & Deadlines

The Applicant must use the on-line registration tool (click here to access.)

After encoding the information and pressing the “submit” button, the on-line registration tool will issue a formal STSM application. This has to be downloaded and sent by the applicant electronically (by e-mail as attachment) together with

1)  Complete CV with selected publications (limited to two pages).

2)  Rationale for STSM including Working Group, and whether it will fulfill
       technological advancement training, completion of a specific aim 
in a
       scientific study etc. (limited to one page).

3)  Two letters of support: one from the home investigator and one from the
       host investigator indicating that both investigators agree with the goals of
       the study and arrangements for consumable expenses.

Incomplete applications will be returned without review.

Applications are due by 14 February 2014 and should be e-mailed
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Results will be announced by 3 March 2014.

The STSM can start as soon as practical but must be completed by 1 September 2014.