Virtual Mobility Grants

CA17111 VIRTUAL MOBILITY (VM) GRANTS

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Virtual Mobility Grant Description

Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants aim to strengthen 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 MC 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.

For a more detailed description on the VM role and implementation of activities please refer to COST Vademecum (section 10.2)

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are CA17111 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. Applicants shall provide information about the aim of the VM Grant and how its outcomes will generate benefits to the Action CA17111, actively contribute to the activities and overall objectives of the Action and submit a report at the end, to be approved by the VNS committee on behalf of the MC.

Evaluation and Selection of Applicants

The evaluation of applications is performed by the CA17111 Action’s VNS Committee  with the support of the Virtual Networking Support (VNS) Manager . The selection of successful grantees shall be based on contributions to the overall objectives of the Action (each VNS committee member will assign a max of 20 points to each of the 5 sections addressed in each application) and the implementation of the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy. 

The applications shall be submitted in e-COST and include required information detailed in the Vademecum, section 10.2.2. The VM application template is available here.

Implementation of Activities

The requirements on activities expected to be performed by the successful applicant are listed in section 10.2.3 of the Vademecum.

The successful applicants shall implement the workplan approved in their application within the time frame also there defined and within CA17111 Grant Period lasting until October 31, 2021.

The grantee will have the obligation to actively contribute to the activities of the relevant Action WG.  More information regarding INTEGRAPE CA17111 Working Groups can be found here.

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.

Time Schedule and Grant Duration

Deadline for application submission: 8 September 2021

With the provision that the submission and grant implementation will be within the Grant Period lasting until October 31, 2021, taking into account application evaluation processing time of up to 7 days.

Financial Support

A maximum of 6 VM Grants will be awarded in this Grant Period up to an amount of EUR 1500 each (gross value). 

The VNS Committee shall confirm the value of each grant based on scope/complexity of the activities. The grant does not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking the virtual mobility activity.

The VM grantee will submit a report within 30 days of VM completion. The Grant Holder shall pay the approved grant to the grantee after the VNS committee has approved the grantee’s report and no later than 15 days from the end of Grant Period.

The COST Association and the Grant Holder of the Action cannot be considered as being the grantee’s employer who shall make their own arrangements for all provisions related to personal security, health, taxation, social security, and pension matters. The grantee must also ensure they have the required technical material/equipment and infrastructure to carry out the activities proposed in their application to the grant.

The user guide is available for download from this page.

For any queries please feel free contact Anne-Marie Digby – VNS Coordinator (annemarie.digby (at) univr.it)

We look forward to your submissions!

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