STSM

Call for Short Term Scientific Missions applications

The COST ICT Action IC1403 Cryptanalysis of ubiquitous computing systems (CRYPTACUS) invites its members to apply to the call for Short Term Scientific Missions (exchange visits).

CRYPTACUS

Researchers have only recently started to focus on the security of ubiquitous computing systems. Despite the critical flaws found, the required highly-specialized skills and the isolation of the involved disciplines are a true barrier for identifying additional issues. The goal of CRYPTACUS is to establish a network of complementary skills, so that expertise in cryptography, information security, privacy, and embedded systems can be put to work together. The COST action aims to bring together European experts in the following areas: security and privacy models, cryptanalysis of cryptographic protocols and primitives, hardware and software security engineering, and security and privacy analysis of real-world systems. The outcome will directly help industry stakeholders and regulatory bodies to increase security and privacy in ubiquitous computing systems, in order to enhance the protection the citizens.

Goal

STSMs (Exchange Visits) are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to go to an institution in another COST Country to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution. STSMs are particularly intended for young scientists (less than 8 years after PhD).

Duration

Min 5 days, max 90 days (extended days beyond 90 days are possible).

Financial support

Up to 2500 € for up to 3 months (or 3500 € for Early Career Investigators for periods of stay above 3 months). This is composed of 60 to 90 € for the daily allowance in particular for longer stays and an allowance of up to 300 € for travel costs. The applicant proposes an amount and this is approved or not.

Insurance, employment, etc.

For the period of the STSM neither the MC of the Action nor the COST Office may be considered as the employer and grantees must make their own arrangements for all health, social, personal security and pension matters.

Who can apply?

The Applicant should normally be engaged in a programme of research as a postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow or be employed in an institution of a COST Country having accepted the Memorandum of Understanding of the Action.

Who to visit?

From a home institution in a COST participating country to a host institution in another COST participating country or to a formally approved host institution in a non-COST country (or from a formally approved home institution in a Near Neighbour country to a host institution in a COST participating country). The list of institutions and COST participating countries of the Action IC1403 is available online at http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ict/Actions/IC1403.

Deadlines for 2016

May 15, July 15, September 15, November 15 (for visits until December 15).

Applications

Please, fill in a form at https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm and then send the resulting PDF (including your CV, mission statement and duration) to Bart Preneel (STSM Coordinator), COSIC KU Leuven, email: bart.preneel[at]esat.kuleuven.be. The committee consists of Bart Preneel (chair) and the Working Group Leaders.

Criteria

STSM applicants will be selected with the aim to promote scientific excellence; special attention will be paid to mainstreaming gender equality, development of collaborations with or within inclusiveness countries as defined by the COST Office, and support of Early Career Investigators.

If your organization is not yet a CRYPTACUS member, you should contact Gildas Avoine (Coordinator), INSA Rennes, gildas.avoine[at]irisa.fr for more information on rules of participation.