Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants are a new networking tool launched by the COST Association during the pandemic. They aim to support individual participants to foster collaborative research activities, to network with other researchers, exchange of knowledge, etc. in a virtual setting. As an example, activities supported by VM Grants may include surveys, questionnaires or preparation of protocols, virtual mentoring of activities that can generate capacity, build new skills, etc.

How to apply?

Open Calls

We have a joint call for Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) and Virtual Mobility(VM) grant proposals. Click here for more information!

Collection date: 25 July 2022. UPDATE: The joint call is extended for 1-2 STSMs/VM Grants. New collection date: 15th of September

Purpose of the Virtual Mobility Grants

Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants aim to strengthen the existing networks by allowing individual participants to foster collaboration, to exchange knowledge, to learn new techniques, etc. The successful applicants 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. You can find more ideas on activities in Section A2-1.1.2 of the COST annotated rules.

When to apply

This is a continuous open call, therefore you can apply for a VM Grant at any time during the project. Reminders will continue to be issued periodically to invite and encourage VM Grant applications. The number of granted proposals is determined by the available budget in each Grant Period.

For the 3rd Grant Period (ending in October 2022), there will be set collection dates announced at each Call. VM Grants applications will be evaluated within 2 weeks after they have been received.

Important instructions

Applications are submitted online at: https://e-services.cost.eu/activity/grants.

You will find all information regarding the procedure, eligibility criteria and the application contents here.

Contact/Further information

For further information, please contact our Grant Awarding Coordinator Penny Labropoulou (penny@athenarc.gr) or Vice-Coordinator Vojtěch Svátek (svatek@vse.cz).