6th Call for Short-Term Scientific Missions

COST Action BM1402: Development of a European network for preclinical testing of interventions in mouse models of age and age-related diseases (MouseAGE) invites researchers from Participating COST Countries to submit applications for the 6th call for STSM. 

Purpose of a STSM
STSM are aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing researchers participating in a given COST Action to visit an institution or laboratory in another Participating COST Country / an approved Near Neighbour Country institution or an approved International Partner Country institution. A STSM should specifically contribute to the overall scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time enable researchers to learn new techniques or gain access to specific expertise, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions. 


We welcome applications that are aligned with MouseAGE’s current scientific priorities which include:

  • frailty assessment in mice
  • identification of biomarkers for ageing (and specifically frailty)
  • assessment  of novel or updated mice models of frailty, mulimorbidity and resilience
  • identification and testing of potential molecules for ageing interventions e.g. geroprotectors
  • standardisation of protocols for assessment of testing interventions for aging in mice e.g. neurological assessment, musco-skeletal assessment
  • use of novel technology  to contribute to preclinical research on ageing e.g. imaging and computational methods.

Full details of the current MouseAGE priorities can be found here (www.mouseage.eu) and the scientific objectives of COST Action BM1402 are available in the Memorandum of Understanding which can be downloaded here:  http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/bmbs/Actions/BM1402.


Deadline for applications to be submitted:  STSM applications can be submitted until the 27th February and will be reviewed by the MouseAGE Core Group four times throughout the year following the below deadlines, applications arriving on or before the stated deadline will be considered  at each deadline, applications received after a deadline will be reviewed after the following deadline.

 Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:  

  • the STSM’s fit with MouseAGE objectives
  • the applicants motivation for undertaking an STSM
  • the quality of the applicants CV and research outputs
  • the impact the STSM will have on the applicants current research and future career

Notification of application outcome: 3 weeks after the following application deadlines: 1st July 2017, 1st September 2017, 1st November 2017, 1st January 2018 and 1st March 2018.


Period for STSM: between 12th June 2017 and 31st March 2018. All STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the period specified above - STSMs must be completed before 31st March 2018.


If you have questions regarding STSMs please email the STSM coordinator Roosmarijn Vandenbroucke (Roosmarijn.Vandenbroucke@irc.vib-ugent.be)

For general enquiries about the Action please email mouseage@sheffield.ac.uk

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