Virtual Mobility Grants

NEP4DISSENT (COST Action 16213) announces the call for Virtual Mobility Grants.

Conditions set in this call follow the COST Association guidelines described in Vademecum 10.2. In case of discrepancies, the Vademecum shall be decisive.

OBJECTIVE OF VM GRANTS

In April 2021 COST Association introduced Virtual Networking Tools running as a pilot scheme running until 31 October 2012. In the framework of that pilot scheme, NEP4DISSENT will award up to 6 VM Grants, the amount of each grant not exceeding 1500 EUR.

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

  1. To support the harmonization and standardisation of methods and procedures within the Action  Networking activities, e.g.:
    • setting up a survey amongst all Action members to collect different results and outcomes from
      experiments done in their respective labs and research groups.
    • coordinating the discussions to create common protocols to be used by the network
      afterwards.
    • preparing questionnaires and response scales to be used by the Action members as part of
      virtual networking activities.
  2. To support the implementation of research related activities that do not necessarily require in-person presence, e.g.:
    • computational or modelling activities.
    • data analysis of the Action for a specific report or activity.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

HOW TO APPLY?

To file the VM Grant application please go to: https://e-services.cost.eu/activity/grants.

Please note that under “Type” you should choose “Virtual Mobility” (and not “Virtual Networking Support”).

The application should 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.

* The NEP4DISSENT Virtual Networking Strategy can be downloaded here. You will find the listing of MoU Research Coordination and Capacity building objectives at the end of that document.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION OF APPLICANTS

The deadline for submitting applications is Sunday, 20 June 2021. 

The evaluation of the applications will be performed by the Action Core Group, acting as awards committee on behalf of the Action Management Committee, within a week from the deadline. 

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.

REPORTING

In 30 calendar days from the completion of the Virtual Mobility Grant, but no later than 15 October 2021, the grantee shall 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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT, IMPLEMENTATION,  REPORTING AND PAYMENT

A maximum of 6 Virtual Mobility Grants per Action per Grant Period can be awarded. Each Virtual Mobility Grant cannot exceed EUR 1 500.

The MC shall define the exact amount of each grant reflecting the scope and complexity of the task and activities. The grant does not necessarily cover all expenses related to undertaking the virtual mobility activity.

The Grant Holder shall pay the approved grant to the grantee after the MC 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.

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