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COST Grant : 13/05/24 to 07/06/24 - Lausanne, Switzerland

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About the STSM

JIR CliPS STSM: Your Learning Experience in Pediatric Rheumatology

The STSM (Short Term Scientific Missions) offer a unique chance to participate in a research program in the picturesque city of Lausanne, Switzerland. These missions are the opportunity to connect with renowned experts and fellow grantees from around the world and a chance to enhance your skills in pediatric rheumatology research while building valuable connections.

STSM Key Highlights:

  • Research Collaboration: Work on impactful projects within the JIR network.

  • Global Synergies: Benefit from collaboration with experts and fellow grantees worldwide

  • Tailored Grants: Choose and apply to our diverse grants throughout the year with various durations, objectives, and funding options.

Read about last year STSM on our blog and watch our short video

Activities in a nutshell

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Join the local team of pediatric rheumatologists at the Lausanne University hospital to assist their Clinical cases discussions. 

Location : Lausanne University Hospital


Meeting Experts

Meet face to face international experts in the field of the juvenile inflammatory rheumatism.

Location : Co-working dedicated office in Lausanne



Play a pivotal role in a JIR project with data management and scientific support. 


Location : Co-working dedicated office in Lausanne

Past Experts

Here is an overview of past experts who joined our STSM :

  • Dr Marco Gattorno: Head Unit of Rheumatology and Autoinflammatory Diseases,  IRCCS Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genova (IT)

  • Pr Sophie Georgin Lavialle: Internal medicine,French National Reference Center for autoinflammatory diseases and AAamyloidosis,  Tenon Hospital Paris (FR)

  • Dr Véronique Hentgen: Head of the local medical unit for auto-inflammatory diseases & Paediatric infectious disease consultant - Centre hospitalier Versailles (FR)

  • Pr Michael Hofer: Pediatric Rheumatologist/Immunologist, Lausanne University Hospital - CHUV (CH)

  • Pr Tilman Kallinich: Leader of the section Paediatric Rheumatology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (DE)

  • Pr Sylvia Kamphuis: Pediatric Rheumatologist/Immunologist, Sophia Children’s Hospital, Erasmus MC (NL)

  • Dr Katerina Theodoropoulou: Pediatric Rheumatologist/Immunologist, Lausanne University Hospital - CHUV (CH)

STSM Practical details

Budget, timeline and duration

13/05/24 to 07/06/24 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Application closed

Duration : 4 weeks

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Number of grants : 10 (2 /Working Group)

Mission : Analyse the data collected by CliPS over the last 2 years.

Financial support : 3000 EUR

Transfered once the mission has ended and the report has been finalized (see further details in the Final report section).

Final Report : After the STSM is finished, the grantee is required to submit a short scientific report of 2 pages.

Other events : 

  • None

How to apply

Find out here how to apply based on your specific grant by selecting the relevant section below.

13/05/24 to 07/06/24 - Lausanne, Switzerland

1. All applicants must carefully read the funding and eligibility rules detailed in the COST Annotated Rules.

2.Can apply only applicants located in Participating COST Countries, approved Near-Neighbour Country institutions, or an approved European RTD Organisation. Grantees must come from another country than the hosting country  (candidates located in Switzerland cannot apply).

3. All applicants must register for an e-COST profile at

4. Applications need to be submitted through the form below. As a second step, you will need to submit via e-COST (further instructions sent to applicants per email).

5. The application will be assessed by the Grant Awarding Coordinator (Ausra Snipaitiene) and the leader of each Working Group against the perceived contribution that the proposed visit will make against the scientific CliPS objectives.

6. The applicant can apply until Oct 8th 2023 and will be formally notified of the outcome of their STSM application by the Grant Awarding Coordinator by end of December 2023.

7. Successful applicants need to complete and submit a STSM report, within 30 days from the end date of the mission.

Please note that COST can request additional information to substantiate the information contained within the documents submitted by STSM applicants.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.

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