Short-Term-Scientific-Missions

Summary

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are institutional visits that promote researchers to conduct research, learn new research techniques, use instruments or strategies which are not available in their own institution, develop research skills in another COST country by promoting existing and new networks, fostering collaboration and contributing to the scientific objectives of the Action. The Action aims to build collaborative pathways between researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, children and families, public and private agencies, and general society to create the necessary framework that allows to inform family policies and practices with the underlying goal of ensuring children’s rights and families’ well-being.

The COST Action CA18123 has five working groups. STSMs can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4.

Potential applicants that are interested to submit an application should read the STSM guidelines for more details about eligibility, criteria for evaluation, financial support, criteria for reimbursement and how to apply.

Information for STSM guidelines: PDF iconca18123_stsm_guidelines.pdf

Further details can be consulted at the COST Vademecum:
https://www.cost.eu/funding/how-to-get-funding/documents-and-guidelines

Contacts

STSM Coordinator: Oriola Hamzallari ( oriolahamzallari@gmail.com )

Parties

CountryAmount in Euro
Albania100
Austria140
Belgium160
Bosnia and Herzegovina100
Bulgaria100
Croatia100
Cyprus100
Czech Republic100
Denmark160
Estonia100
France140
Germany140
Greece120
Hungary100
Ireland160
Israel160
Italy120
Kosovo100
Latvia100
Lithuania100
Malta120
Moldova100
Netherlands160
North Macedonia100
Norway160
Poland100
Portugal120
Romania100
Serbia100
Slovenia100
Spain120
Sweden160
Switzerland160
Turkey100
United Kingdom160
1st Call for STSM Application (CLOSED)

1st Call is CLOSED

COST CA 18123 – The European Family Support Network. A bottom-up, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach (EuroFam-Net)

The COST Action CA 18123 launches its first call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). STSMs are funded as part of the Action CA 18123. The research network itself is funded by COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are institutional visits that promote researchers to conduct research, learn new research techniques, use instruments or strategies which are not available in their own institution, develop research skills in another COST country by promoting existing and new networks, fostering collaboration and contributing to the scientific objectives of the Action. The Action aims to build collaborative pathways between researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, children and families, public and private agencies, and general society to create the necessary framework that allows to inform family policies and practices with the underlying goal of ensuring children’s rights and families’ well-being.

The COST Action CA18123 has five working groups. STSMs can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4.

The first Call covers the grant period from September 2019 until April 2020, and during this period STSMs should be completed.

The call will fund STSMs up to EUR 2000.

Potential applicants that are interested to submit an application should read the STSM guidelines for more details about eligibility, criteria for evaluation, financial support, criteria for reimbursement and how to apply.

Interested applicants should sign in to e-COST profile (or sign up if they do not have a profile) and apply online on the webpage: http://www.cost.eu/STSM

Documents for interested applicants:

FileSTSM Template for Admission Letter

FileSTSM Template for Complete Proposal

FileSTSM Template for Scientific Report

FileSTSM Template for Certificate

FileSTSM Template for Webpage Summary

Further information on the COST Action CA 18123 and Working Groups are available on the website: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18123

2nd Call for STSM Application (CLOSED)

2nd Call is CLOSED

COST CA 18123 – The European Family Support Network. A bottom-up, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach (EuroFam-Net)

The COST Action CA 18123 launches its second call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). STSMs are funded as part of the Action CA 18123. The research network itself is funded by COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are institutional visits that promote researchers to conduct research, learn new research techniques, use instruments or strategies which are not available in their own institution, develop research skills in another COST country by promoting existing and new networks, fostering collaboration and contributing to the scientific objectives of the Action. The Action aims to build collaborative pathways between researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, children and families, public and private agencies, and general society to create the necessary framework that allows to inform family policies and practices with the underlying goal of ensuring children’s rights and families’ well-being.

Second call characteristics:

  • The COST Action CA18123 has five Working Groups. STSMs can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4. 
  • The second call covers the grant period from September 2020 until April 2021, and during this period STSMs should be completed.
  • The call will fund 6 STSMs up to EUR 2000.

Potential applicants that are interested to submit an application should read the PDF icon STSM guidelines for more details about eligibility, criteria for evaluation, financial support, criteria for reimbursement and how to apply.

Interested applicants should sign in to e-COST profile (or sign up if they do not have a profile) and apply online on the webpage: http://www.cost.eu/STSM

Documents for interested applicants:

File STSM Template for Admission Letter

File STSM Template for Complete Proposal

File STSM Template for Scientific Report

File STSM Template for Certificate

File STSM Template for Webpage Summary

Deadlines:

  • Application Period: September 1st - 30th 2020
  • Evaluation Period: October 5th - 11th 2020

Contact:

STSM Coordinator: Oriola Hamzallari (oriolahamzallari@gmail.com)

Further information on the COST Action CA 18123 and Working Groups is available on the website: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18123

Further details can be consulted at the COST Vademecum: https://www.cost.eu/funding/how-to-get-funding/documents-and-guidelines/

3rd Call for STSM Application

COST CA 18123 – The European Family Support Network. A bottom-up, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach (EuroFam-Net)

The COST Action CA 18123 launches its third call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).

Due to the difficult and unpredictable pandemic situation, this third call with give the opportunity to potential applicants to apply whenever there will be a higher chance of movement between European countries.

STSMs are funded as part of the Action CA 18123. The research network itself is funded by COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are institutional visits that promote researchers to conduct research, learn new research techniques, use instruments or strategies which are not available in their own institution, develop research skills in another COST country by promoting existing and new networks, fostering collaboration and contributing to the scientific objectives of the Action. The Action aims to build collaborative pathways between researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, children and families, public and private agencies, and general society to create the necessary framework that allows to inform family policies and practices with the underlying goal of ensuring children’s rights and families’ well-being.

Third call characteristics:

  • The COST Action CA18123 has five Working Groups. STSMs can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4. 
  • The third call covers the grant period from September 2020 until April 2021, and during this period STSMs should be completed.
  • The call will fund 5 STSMs up to EUR 2000.

Potential applicants that are interested to submit an application should read the  PDF icon  STSM guidelines for more details about eligibility, criteria for evaluation, financial support, criteria for reimbursement and how to apply.

Interested applicants should sign in to e-COST profile (or sign up if they do not have a profile) and apply online on the webpage: http://www.cost.eu/STSM

Documents for interested applicants:

 File  STSM Template for Admission Letter

 File  STSM Template for Complete Proposal

 File  STSM Template for Scientific Report

 File  STSM Template for Certificate

 File  STSM Template for Webpage Summary

Deadlines:

  • Application Period: November 1st 2020 – 31h March 2021 (The call will be open as long as the budget is available with the last deadline 31th of March 2021)
  • Applications will be assessed within 7 days from the submission

Contact:

STSM Coordinator: Oriola Hamzallari (oriolahamzallari@gmail.com)

Further information on the COST Action CA 18123 and Working Groups is available on the website: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18123

Further details can be consulted at the COST Vademecum: https://www.cost.eu/funding/how-to-get-funding/documents-and-guidelines/

Mapping of the skills for family support workforce

Name and surname: Anita Burgund Isakov

Country: Serbia

E-mail: anita.burgund@gmail.com

Home institution: Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade University

Host institution: University of Algarve

Host senior researcher: Cristina Nunes

Field of research interest: Social work, family support, social services, children, and youth without parental care

Title: Mapping of the skills for family support workforce

Dates for the STSM: Monday, February 3, 2020 to Thursday, February 13, 2020

Summary of the research: Within an increasing need to create skills standards for family support workforce a research question has been defined: How family support workforce implements skills in their day to day activity? The objective of this systemic review research was to:1) To conceptualize family support workforce skills from different social, cultural and political contexts across world 2) To offer guidelines for standardization of skills for family support workforce. A search of study that included qualitative, quantitative and mix method studies on skills in practice of family support was completed. The following inclusion criteria was considered: a) Families living with their children and families using family support services. Both literature review of family support workforce and research either quantitative, qualitative or mix method have been included. Studies assessing skills of workforce for children living in out of home placement or family support for elderly have been excluded. Various topic appeared in journals from working with families that are facing difficulties to culturally sensitive practice and relationship-based approaches. Studies found are mainly from social work area. b) The dates ranged from 1995 to February 2020. Articles published prior to 1995 were excluded because of the modernization of family support services across world (c) The types of sources and languages included peer-reviewed articles published in scientific journals in English. Once I have extracted all the relevant papers (n=41) I have searched the list of reference in each and found additional 13 papers. In total 54 papers have been extracted from 6.data basis and short summary of studies is being done.

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Quality standards in Family support programs: Levels of unification and diversity acknowledgement scientific report

Name and surname: Camellia Hancheva

Country: Bulgaria

E-mail: hancheva@phls.uni-sofia.bg

Home institution: Sofia University, St. Kliment Ochridski

Host institution: Örebro University

Host senior researcher: Metin Özdemir, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology

Field of research interest:

Title: Quality standards in Family support programs: Levels of unification and diversity acknowledgement scientific report

Dates for the STSM: Monday, February 17, 2020 to Saturday, February 29, 2020

Summary of the research: There is a considerable discrepancy in the processes of development of both family support services and standards assessing their quality in different European countries. The present research is focussed on how the particular program’s implementation and results are dependent on specific context. 1) In accord with EUROFAM-NET pluralistic approach in relation to the quality standards of FS services the aim of STSM is to initiate the process of development of pluralistic framework for assessment of quality (in particular – the quality of implementation). 2) In accord with specific WG3 research mission, and acknowledging diverse European and national perspectives about quality standards, during this STSM strategies in development and application of QS in assessment of family support services were summarised. 3) Based on review of existing quality standards (QS) the main goal was to develop a list of assessment tolos used for feedback of implementation process. 4)Expected gaps and unavailability of tolos, standards and procedures in regard with the implementation process in some countries is to be addressed and guidelines are to be developed to help professionals and researchers to choose, adapt and/or modify and apply QS in particular contexts.

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Family Support in Legal Instruments

Name and surname: Jelena Arsić

Country: Serbia

E-mail: jelena.arsic@pravnifakultet.rs

Home institution: Union University School of Law, Belgrade

Host institution: School of Political Science & Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway

Host senior researcher: Dr Carmel Devaney

Field of research interest: Child Rights and Family Support

Title: Family Support in Legal Instruments

Dates for the STSM: Monday, January 13, 2020 to Saturday, January 25, 2020

Summary of the research: Research shows that international legal instruments do not define family, even though family is recognized as the natural unit of society guaranteed with special protection. National legal definitions of family are rare, leaning towards traditional concepts (based on marriage and/or child- parent relationships), while legal notion of family support is ambiguous, hidden within general provisions on special protection of family, and rarely explicitly mentioned - most often as a part of the supervision authority or the duty of states to provide assistance to families. Still, the right to family support undoubtedly stems from various national and international legal instruments, but in order for this right to be properly guaranteed and respected, more comprehensive provisions are needed with primarily constructive and proactive approach in contemporary legal systems.

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National Structures of Family Support Across Europe

Name and surname: Jelena Jerinic

Country: Serbia

E-mail: jelena.jerinic@pravnifakultet.rs

Home institution: Union University School of Law, Belgrade

Host institution: School of Political Science & Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway

Host senior researcher: Dr Carmel Devaney

Field of research interest: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Local Government Law, Public Policy National Structures of Family Support Across Europe

Title: National Structures of Family Support Across Europe

Dates for the STSM: Monday, January 13, 2020 to Saturday, January 25, 2020

Summary of the research: During my STSM I looked into models or types of national legislative approaches towards institutionalisation of formal family support in European countries. Preliminary conclusions of the research show that family policy, as part of wider policies, is implemented by a plethora of subsidiarized institutions, both in terms of territorial organization and the multiplicity of actors, performing tasks in policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and oversight. However, when filtered through national regulatory frameworks, these common European trends can and do bring diverging effects. Thus, serious concerns can be raised in relation to the need of policy coordination – both vertical and horizontal, as well as equity concerns. If European models of family support were to be established, possible criteria could be the level of (de)centralization and/or variety of actors and their roles.

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