Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) enable TINNET participants to visit an institution or laboratory in another country in the framework of the Action. Their main assumption is to support  the  individual  mobility,  strengthen  the  existing  networks  and  foster  collaborations between scientists from different countries. Each mission should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the Action (which in our case means it should refer to the different tinnitus subtypes). STSMs create a great possibility for applicants to learn new techniques or gain access to specific instruments and methods not available in their own institutions.

The STSM Officer has been appointed by the MC and is responsible for the setup of Working Group-independent COST tasks related to scientific communication for maintenance of a COST Action specific website and its regular update, and for the organization of the communication between the SC and the WGs.
 


STSM Announcements

Open Announcements for Grant Period 4 (May 2017 - April 2018)

 

 

GERMANY

Title: 
Developing expertise in molecular methods used to study tinnitus-related stress biomarkers and strengthening European collaboration across TINNET

Host: 

Department of ORL, Head and Neck Surgery

Charité University Hospital

Berlin

Germany

Supervisors: Dr Agnieszka J. Szczepek

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UNITED KINGDOM

Title:
A systematic review of the genetic susceptibility to ototoxic hearing and tinnitus associated with platinum-based chemotherapy for cancer

Host:

Nottingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre

University of Nottingham, UK


Supervisors:

Prof. David Baguely (lead), Prof. Deborah Hall, Dr. Derek Hoare

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GERMANY

Title: 
Clinical assessment of Tinnitus Patients: Development, evaluation and implementation of clinical standards

Host: 

University Hospital Regensburg,

Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,

Regensburg,

Germany

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Berthold Langguth, PD Dr. Martin Schecklmann

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GERMANY

Title: 
Aging and tinnitus: exploring the interrelations of age, tinnitus symptomatology, health and quality of life with a large tinnitus database

Host: 

Charité- University Hospital of Berlin Tinnituscenter

Charitéstr. 1

D-10117 Berlin

Germany

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Birgit Mazurek, Dr. Petra Brüggemann

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GREECE

Title: 
Tinnitus and hyperacousis in professional musicians and sound engineers

Host: 

A' ORL University Clinic National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Athens
Greece

Supervisors: Associate Professor Thanos Bibas

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GERMANY

Title: 
Visualization of big data in tinnitus

Host: 

University Hospital Regensburg,

Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,

Regensburg,

Germany

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Berthold Langguth, Dr. Winfried Schlee 

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 SWITZERLAND

Title

Establishing an EEG paradigm to track correlates of residual inhibition induced by patterned sounds

Host

University and University Hospital of Zurich,
Zurich,
Switzerland

 

Supervisor of the STSM: 

 

Prof. Dr. Martin Meyer,
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kleinjung,
M.Sc. Patrick Neff

 

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 GERMANY

Title

Tinnitus Treatment with Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT) and rTMS

Host

University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,

Paracelsus Private Medical University,

Nuremberg,

Germany

Supervisor of the STSM: Prof. Dr.med. Dr. Kneginja Richter

 

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 NETHERLANDS

Title

 

Clinical guidelines for Tinnitus: development, evaluation and implementation of clinical standards.

Host

Maastricht University, Clinical Psychological Science, Section Behavioural Medicine

Maastricht

Netherlands

 

Supervisors of the STSM: Dr. Rilana Cima

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PORTUGAL

Title

 

Sharing expertise in narrative synthesis and disseminating to a wide audience what is important to people with tinnitus and their significant others

Host

Nova Medical School University of Lisbon and Hospital Cuf Infante Santo

Lisboa

Portugal

 

Supervisors of the STSM: Haúla Haider (WG5)

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 SLOVAKIA

Title

Novel approaches for improving spatial sound discrimination in a multi-talker environment for tinnitus and hearing impaired sufferers 

Host

Safarik University

Jesenná 5, 04001 Kosice

Slovakia

Supervisors of the STSM: Dr. Norbert Kopco 

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UNITED KINGDOM

Title: 

Establishing Core Domain Sets for early-phase clinical trials of three intervention strategies to manage chronic subjective tinnitus in adults: Data analysis and reporting from Delphi reviews.

Host: 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit,

University of Nottingham,

Nottingham,

UK

Supervisors: Prof Deborah Hall

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Open Announcements for Grant Period 3 (May 2016 - April 2017)

 

 

 UNITED KINGDOM

Title: 

Creating an international standard for procedures in translating and cross-cultural adapting tinnitus questionnaires: A checklist with extension and elaboration.

Host: 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit,

University of Nottingham,

Nottingham,

UK

Supervisors: Prof Deborah Hall

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SWEDEN

Title: 

Epidemiological Analysis of a Twin Cohort

 Host: 

Karolinska Institutet

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Stockholm

Sweden

 Supervisors: Dr. Christopher R. Cederroth

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ITALY

Title: 

Multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat tinnitus  

 Host: 

Tinnitus Clinic

Via Santa Sofia 29 - 20122  

Milano,

Italy

Supervisors: Ing. Luca Del Bo

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GERMANY

Title: 
Design of a Video Game Concept for Tinnitus Improvement.

Host: 

University of Ulm
Institute of Databases and Information Systems (DBIS) 

Ulm

Germany

Supervisors: Dr. Rüdiger Pryss, Dr. Marc Schickler

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GERMANY

Title: 
Improving methods for tinnitus-matching in patients with noise-like tinnitus

Host: 

University Hospital Regensburg,

Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,

Regensburg,

Germany

Supervisors: PD Dr. Berthold Langguth, Dr. Martin Schecklmann, Dr. Winfried Schlee 

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SPAIN

Title: 
Developing expertise in variants filtering methodology in whole‐exome sequencing datasets from patients with tinnitus

Host:
Otology & Neurotology Group CTS495,
Centre for Genomics and Oncology Research – Genyo
Pfizer‐University of Granada ‐ Andalusian Regional Government, Granada, Spain
http://www.genyo.es/en/content/view‐research‐group

Supervisor: Dr. Jose Antonio Lopez‐Escamez, MD, PhD

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STSM Reports

Reports for Grant Period 3 (May 2016 - April 2017)

 

COST STSM Reference Number 
Grantee:
STSM-Title

Host
Supervisor(s)

COST-STSM-BM1306-36281
Sílvia Zaragoza Domingo, Neuropsychological Research Organization s.l, Sant Joan Despi (ES):

Creating an international standard for procedures in translating and cross-cultural adapting tinnitus questionnaires: A checklist with extension and elaboration.

National Institute for Health Research Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, Nottingham (UK)

Supervisor: Deborah Hall


COST-STSM-BM1306-35680
Patrick Neff, Zürich (CH):
Improving methods for tinnitus-matching in patients with noise-like tinnitus.

University Hospital of Regensburg, Regensburg (DE)

Supervisor:  Winfried Schlee

COST-STSM-BM1306-36006
Marzena Mielczarek, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz (PL):
Multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat tinnitus.

Tinnitus Clinic, Milano (IT)

Supervisor: Luca Del Bo

COST-STSM-BM1306-34737
Winfried Schlee, University of Regensburg, Regensburg (DE):
Flower plotting tinnitus subtypes

Karolinska Insitute, Stockholm (SE)

Supervisor: Christopher Cederroth


COST-STSM-BM1306-34766
Birgit Mazurek, Charite University Hospital, Berlin (DE):
Clinical guidelines for tinnitus: development, evaluation and implementation of clinical standards

Maastricht University, DEpt. of Clinical Psychological Science, Maastricht (NL)

Supervisor:  Dr. Rilana Cima

COST-STSM-BM1306-33511
Jan Bulla, University of Bergen, Bergen (NO):
Advanced analysis methods of longitudinal Tinnitus data

University of Regensburg, Regensburg (DE)

Supervisor: Dr. Winfried Schlee

Reports for Grant Period 2 (June 2015 - April 2016)

 

COST STSM Reference Number 
Grantee:
STSM-Title

Host
Supervisor(s)

 pdficon large

COST-STSM-BM1306-33747

Malgorzata WrzosekAdam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (PL):
Advanced analysis of tinnitus assessment data

University of Bergen, Department of Mathematics, Beergen, Norway

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jan Bulla

pdficon large   COST-STSM-BM1306-27502
Malgorzata Wrzosek, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (PL):
Investigating the inter-subject variability of tinnitus masking and residual inhibition with amplitude modulated maskers

University Aix-Marseille, Laboratory of Integrative and Adaptive Neuroscience, Marseille, France
Supervisor: Prof. Arnaud Norena

pdficon large COST-STSM-BM1306-27140
Dominik Güntensperger, University of Zurich (CH):
The efficiency of neurofeedback in the treatment of chronic tinnitus

University of Trento, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, Ongoing Brain Oscillations and Behaviour Lab, Matarello, Italy
Supervisor: Prof. Nathan Weisz

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COST-STSM-BM1306-27485
Jaime Serquera, Independent, Gandia (ES):
Review of Pitch-Match and Ear-Training Methods used for Tinnitus Treatments
University of Cambridge, Auditory Perception Group, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Supervisors: Prof. Brain C.J. Moore (UK), Dr. Winfried Schlee (DE)
pdficon large COST-STSM-BM1306-28912
Lence Miloseva, Goce Delcev University, Stip (MKD):
Neuroimaging techniques in the Diagnostif of Tinnitus and rTMS as a Treatment Option
Paracelsus Private Medical University, Clinic of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Nuremberg, Germany
Supervisor: Prof. Kneginja Richter
pdficon large COST-STSM-BM1306-280915
Patrick Neff, University of Zurich, Psychological Institute, Zürich (CH):
Auditory alpha retrainment for tinnitus relief
University Hospital Regensburg, Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Regensburg, Germany
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Berthold Langguth, Dr. Martin Schecklmann, Dr. Winfried Schlee
pdficon large COST-STSM-BM1306-29703
Galina Jokovic, University Hospital Dr. Dragisa Misovic-Dedinje, Belgrade (SRB):
Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnose and Treat Subtypes of Tinnitus
Tinnitus Center, European Hospital, Rome, Italy
Supervisor: Dr. Alessandra Fioretti
pdficon large  COST-STSM-BM1306-30328
Jan Bulla, University of Bergen, Dept of Mathematics, Bergen (NOR):
Time-series and panel data analysis applied to the Tinnitus Database
University Hospital Regensburg, Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Regensburg, Germany
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Berthold Langguth, Dr. Martin Schecklmann, Dr. Winfried Schlee

 

Reports for Grant Period 1 (June 2014 - May 2015)

 

COST STSM Reference Number 
Grantee:
STSM-Title

Host
Supervisor(s)

pdficon large   COST-STSM-BM1306-25275
Martin Holding, MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham (UK):
Modulatory effects of tDCS on neural activity during and after acoustic stimulation assessed by MEG

University of Trento, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, Ongoing Brain Oscillations and Behaviour Lab, Mattarello, Italy
Supervisor: Prof. Nathan Weisz

COST-STSM-BM1306-21958
Malgorzata Wrzosek, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (PL):
Investigating the inter-subject variability of tinnitus masking from psychophysical tuning curves
University Aix-Marseille, Laboratory of Integrative and Adaptive Neuroscience, Marseille, France
Supervisor: Prof. Arnaud Norena
  COST-STSM-BM1306-27076
Petra Brüggemann, Charite University Hospital, Berlin (DE):
Developing expertise in systematic review methodology and strengthening European collaboration across TINNET
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
http://www.hearing.nihr.ac.uk/
Supervisor: Prof. Deborah Hall

COST-STSM-BM1306-25143
Haúla Haider, Hospital Cuf Infante Santo, Lisboa (PT):
Developing expertise in systematic review methodology and strengthening European collaboration across TINNET

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
http://www.hearing.nihr.ac.uk/
Supervisor: Prof. Deborah Hall
COST-STSM-BM1306-25064
Agnieszka Szczepek, Charite University Hospital, Berlin (DE):
Developing expertise in systematic review methodology and strengthening European collaboration across TINNET
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
http://www.hearing.nihr.ac.uk/
Supervisor: Prof. Deborah Hall
COST-STSM-BM1306-21993
David Riedl, Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck (AT):
Multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat subtypes of tinnitus
WG 1 Clinical: Establishment of a standard for patient assessment and characterization
Tinnitus Center, European Hospital, Rome, Italy
http://www.tinnituscenter.it
Supervisor: Dr. Alessandra Fioretti
COST-STSM-BM1306-24440
Dimitri Kikidis, University of Athens, ENT Clinic, Athens (EL):
Multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat subtypes of tinnitus
Tinnitus Center, European Hospital, Rome, Italy
http://www.tinnituscenter.it
Supervisor: Dr. Alessandra Fioretti
COST-STSM-BM1306-21464
Petteri Hyvärinen, Helsinki University Central Hospital Department of Audiology, Helsinki (FI):
Study of transcranial electrical brain stimulation (tES) methods with MEG in tinnitus

University of Trento, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, Ongoing Brain Oscillations and Behaviour Lab, Mattarello, Italy
Supervisor: Prof. Nathan Weisz

COST-STSM-BM1306-22009
Patrick Neff, University of Zurich, Psychological Institute, Zürich (CH):
Detecting structural changes in tinnitus subtypes
University Hospital Regensburg, Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Regensburg, Germany
Supervisors: PD Dr. Berthold Langguth, Dr. Martin Schecklmann, Dr. Winfried Schlee
COST-STSM-BM1306-20869
Jaime Serquera, Independent, Gandia (ES):
Comparing auditory stimulation effects in different tinnitus subtypes
University Hospital Regensburg, Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Regensburg, Germany
Supervisors: PD Dr. Berthold Langguth, Dr. Martin Schecklmann, Dr. Winfried Schlee

Details about STSMs

How long does the STSM last?

Typically one scientific mission lasts 5 – 90 days, Early Stage Researchers (ESR – researcher in the start phase of his/her career with at least the PhD and up to 8 years of experience after the PhD) can extend the duration of the mission beyond the 90 days (91-180 days). All STSMs need to be carried out in their entirety within a single grant period (now we are in the forth - and last - Grant Period, which means that current missions must take place between May 2017 and April 2018).

Will I get financial support?

Yes. The grant size depends on the duration of your stay and the average living costs in the country of your choice. A maximum EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to the regular STSM grantee and EUR 3 500 to the ESR STSM grantee (for a duration of more than 91 days).

Check if you can apply: 

If you are a postgraduate student, an Early Stage Researcher or an employee from a TINNET- affiliated institution (e.g. a clinician working there with people suffering from tinnitus) or legal entity, you are in the right place.

Please try to find your country in the list below:

Participating Countries Near Neighbour Countries (NNC) International Partner Countries (IPC) - RTSM
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, fYR Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Russia, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa

If your country belongs to the Participating Countries or the NCC, you can apply for the STSM. If you are from the IPC you should choose so called  reciprocal  mission  –  RSTSM (see description below). In situation when your country is not in a list, you are very welcomed to join the Action (for more details see "Becoming a Participant").

What are RSTSMs?

Reciprocal STSMs are missions, which are aimed at enhancing the potential impact of global networking and fostering knowledge creation and exchange between scientists in COST Actions with host institutions in International Partner Countries (IPC) that benefiting from a reciprocal agreement with COST (that means Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa). Reciprocal missions are possible only between Participating Countries and IPC.

How to apply?

In the beginning you should contact the Host Institution. You can find the actual STSM Announcements on our website. The STSM Candidate Institutions may be also interested in cooperation with you, express simply your interest. When you obtain the written agreement of host, you can submit your online application https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm. Send the completed file as e-mail attachment together with the necessary supporting documents (CV, full work plan, list of publications, motivation letter, letter of support from the home institution etc.) to the STSM Team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The detailed work plan should be prepared in a 1 page format, written in 12 Times New Roman, single spaced and should contain the following sections: aims, rationale, methods, analysis and implications. References should be listed on the separate page. We will perform the evaluation process of your application. Once your application is approved you will receive the Grant Letter and you can start preparing yourself for a mission. The evaluation process takes some time. Remember to apply for the STSM at least one month before the planned start of your mission.

After the STSM

Your mission is completed. The last task for you is to submit the short scientific report (send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) within 30 days after the end date of the STSM. Below you can see points you should include:

  • Purpose of your mission
  • Description of the work carried out during a mission
  • Description of the main results obtained
  • Future collaboration with the host institution (if applicable)
  • Foreseen publications/articles resulting from a mission (if applicable)
  • Confirmation by the host institution of the successful execution of your mission
  • And other comments (if any).

Please remember that this is a very important step. The failure to submit or a submission exceeding 30 days will effectively cancel the grant.

Important remarks

Grantees must make their own arrangements for all health, social, personal security and pension matters. Take care of this before your departure.
During an STSM neither the MC, nor the COST Office nor the Grant Holder may be considered as an employer.

Contact:

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Małgorzata Wrzosek – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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