Virtual Mobility (VM) Grant Call - extended until 30th July 2021



Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants aim at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to foster collaboration in a virtual setting, to exchange knowledge, learn new techniques, disseminate Action results, etc. The successful applicant(s) will be selected by the committee to perform activities that do not necessarily require in-person presence. These activities may include surveys, questionnaires or preparation of protocols, virtual mentoring of activities that can generate capacity, build new skills, etc.


Eligibility criteria

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Applicant(s) are Action participants with a primary affiliation to an institution located in a COST Full or Cooperating Member country or MC Observers from a COST Near Neighbour Country.
  • The applicant(s) shall inform the MC about the aim of the VM Grant and how its outcomes will generate benefits to the Action, actively contribute to the activities and overall objectives of the Action and submit a report at the end, to be approved by the VNS manager on behalf of the MC.


Grant Amount

The maximum amount per VM Grant is EUR 1.500, with a maximum of 6 VM Grants per Action per Grant Period (up to 1,500 EUR per grant, max 9,000 EUR). This amount can be reduced by the committee determined by the activities included in the grant application (as is standing practice with STSM Grants and ITC Conference Grants). The committee shall document and provide written rationale for their decision on amount of the grant.



The application deadline is 6th July 2021 14th July 2021 30th July 2021.


Procedure to Apply

To apply, in e-COST complete an application by clicking on the VNT Application tab. For additional information please refer to the VNT User Manual.


Implementation of Activities

The successful applicant(s) shall implement the workplan approved in their application within the time frame also there defined and always within one single Grant Period.

The activities expected to be performed by the successful applicant, but not limited to, are:

  • To support the harmonisation and standardisation of methods and procedures within the Action networking activities, e.g.
    • setting up a survey amngst all Action members to collect different results and outcomes from experiments done in their respective labs and research groups.
    • cordinating the discussions to create common protocols to be used by the network afterwards.
    • preparing questinnaires and response scales to be used by the Action members as part of virtual networking activities.
  • To support the implementation of research related activities that do not necessarily require in-person presence, e.g.
    • cmputational or modelling activities.
    • data analysis f the Action for a specific report or activity.
  • Virtual mentoring scheme, with special focus on activities and exchanges that can generate capacity building and new skills, particularly for ECIs researchers (e.g. managerial skills, methodological skills, communication skills, etc).
  • Content preparation and coordination of science communication activities, e.g.
  • Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC).
  • Online workshops like 'webinar series' or 'tv series'-like format.
  • Online COST Action workshops in external international conferences or events, when the applicant can demonstrate a role in the organising committee, that could help in the promotion of the Action activities.

The grantee has 30 calendar days from the completion of the Virtual Mobility Grant to submit a report to the Action Chair/ the VNS Manager and to the Science Officer of the Action including:

  • Description of the outcomes and achieved outputs (including any specific MoU deliverables, or publications resulting from the Virtual Mobility).
  • Description of the benefits to the COST Action Strategy (what and how).
  • Description of the virtual collaboration (including constructive reflection on activities undertaken, identified successful practices and lessons learned).

The report shall consider only virtual activities carried out in their entirety within a single Grant Period.

The MC must be informed at the end of the respective activity of the main results of each Virtual Mobility Grant. Also, the grantee will have the obligation to actively contribute to the activities of the Action WG relevant to those findings.


Evaluation and Selection of Applicants

The evaluation of each received VM grant application is performed by the ITC Grants committee.

The selection of successful grantee shall be based on contributions to the overall objectives of the Action, the approved strategy on the virtual networking for the Action and the implementation of the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy.

The application shall be submitted in e-COST and include the following information:

  • Main objective of the Virtual Mobility Grant.
  • Working Plan: Description of the collaborative initiative to be implemented.
  • Plan for Participation: List of participants in the collaborative initiative (short description of their expertise and contribution).
  • Main expected outputs: results and contribution to the progress towards the MoU objectives (either research coordination and/or capacity building objectives can be tackled) and delivery of the MoU objectives.
  • Contribution to the COST Action Strategy: How will the Virtual Mobility contribute to the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy and plans for stakeholder engagement and promoting participation of researchers from NNC and IPC (COST Global Networking) and to the approved virtual networking strategy, if available.