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CliPS - Short Term Scientific Mission

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30/05/23 to 23/06/23 - Lausanne, Switzerland

Applications closed

We are now reviewing all applications and will get back to you around Mid March

What is a Short Term Scientific Mission ?

A Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) aim to support individual mobility and strengthen the existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing scientists to visit an institution in another participating COST country.

STSMs in CliPS should contribute to the scientific objectives of our COST Action : to collect real life clinical practice strategies from worldwide physicians taking care of the following 5 medical conditions:

  • Lupus Nephritis

  • Kawasaki disease and IgA vasculitis

  • Monogenic autoinflammatory diseases

  • PFAPA and SURF

  • sJIA / Still's disease

  • STSMs in general aim to help each Working Group to analyse the data in order to create the CliPS repository. 

Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) - Lausanne, Switzerland

In 2023, we are offering to 5 candidates, a one month STSM in Lausanne from May 30th to June 23rd 2023. 

Note : If you are not available at those dates but are interested in the program, please fill the application form and mention it in the dedicated field.


For who :

We would like to welcome 5 grantees (one per Working Group).

Mission :

Analyse the data collected by CliPS over the last 10 months.

How :

Your 4 weeks would be structured as follow :


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4 days  would be spent at the Lausanne University Hospital under the supervision of Professor Michael Hofer, Pediatric Rheumatologist and Immunologist, Chair of the CliPS project and leader of the Working Group PFAPA.

Clinical cases would be discussed with the local team of pediatric rheumatologists.

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8 days would be spent outside of the Hospital in the Fondation offices.

Your mission would be to analyse the data collected by CliPS questionnaires to help your Working Group reach their repository objectives with the help of François Hofer, CliPS scientific representative and Marie Frank, CliPS grant coordinator.

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Meeting Experts

8 days would be dedicated to meeting experts from the 5 Working Groups: 

  • Lupus Nephritis

  • Kawasaki disease and IgA vasculitis

  • Monogenic autoinflammatory diseases

  • PFAPA and SURF

  • SJIA / Still's disease

The experts would travel to Lausanne and spend 1.5 days with you to discuss about clinical cases (brought by experts and/or grantees) and about CliPS.

Our Experts

This is a preliminary list of experts (to be confirmed)​

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

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

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

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

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

Financial support

A financial support of 3000 EUR per grantee will be transferred once the mission has ended and the report has been finalized (see further details in the Final report section).

It intends to provide a contribution for travelling, accommodation and subsistence expenses, implementation of the project, delivery of the report to the COST Action MC and overall effort.

The financial support is paid in the form of a grant, hence no invoices will be required.

Final report of STSM

After the STSM is finished, the grantee is required to submit a short scientific report of 2 pages within 30 days from the end date of mission.


Failure to submit within 30 days will effectively cancel the grant. The STSM global Coordinator and the STSM Working group coordinator together with your supervisor will be responsible for approving the scientific report and informing the Grant Holder that the STSM has been successfully accomplished. After receipt of the approval by email, the Grant Holder will execute the payment of the grant.

Please note that the reimbursement of STSM grantees will be done after the mission is over and the final report is submitted by the STSM grantee. However, STSMs grantees may request up to 50% pre-payment of the approved grant. This amount is subject to availability of funds and approval by the Grant Holder Institution. The request of pre- payment shall be submitted to the Grant Holder Manager.

The final report will be uploaded to the JIR cohorte website.

How to apply

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 — adding their bank account details and a recent CV + a motivation Letter (one page) to their profile. They can also add any relevant information such as last publication.

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 Feb 17th 2023 and will be formally notified of the outcome of their STSM application by the Grant Awarding Coordinator around March 17th 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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