Standing firm together with scientists from Europe and the world, COST affirms its solidarity with Ukraine and its people. COST will continue to promote scientific activities for peaceful purposes in strong condemnation of war and violence. Under the COST rules and regulations, individuals of all COST Full Members and Near Neighbour Countries (such as Ukraine) are able to participate in any COST Action regardless of whether that Action has a MC member or MoU with their home country. MINDDS has the opportunity to provide several more STSMs, hence we call all interested parties for organizing and submitting STSMs intended to Ukraine researchers displaced in other countries due to the ongoing war.
STSM placement needs to follow the basic rules for a STSM with individual eligibility via association with a legal entity in Ukraine that conducts research and technology development relevant to the action, such as University or a company (more info can be found on MINDDS webpage). Researchers considered to be temporarily displaced (i.e. entered from Ukraine in the current crisis) continue to hold their former association. This means that they would be able to take up a STSM in the country that they are currently staying.
MINDDS is looking for i) potential STSM Applicants and ii) potential Host Institutions: