COST has developed two new types of Grants to respond to the rising need for digital tools in the context of the pandemic and to ensure continuity of COST Actions’ work activities. These are proposed as a pilot scheme until 31 October 2021 to build capacity and spread the uptake of virtual collaboration.

The Virtual Networking Tools include two new types of Grants:

  • Virtual Networking Support (VNS) Grant to stimulate virtual collaboration among all the members of a given Action by designating a Virtual Networking Support Manager.

The successful applicant will be selected by the COST Action Management Committee (MC) to promote the virtual collaboration, such as developing a virtual networking strategy for the Action, taking overall responsibility for Virtual Mobility Grants and supporting the MC in the discussions and planning of virtual events and collaboration activities.

  • Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants 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.

The deadline for the submission of applications for VNS and VM grants specifically aiming to accomplish ML4 Microbiome’s objectives is 30 June 2021.

For information on eligibility rules, evaluation and selections of applicants, implementation of activities, financial support and payment, non-eligible expenses, please read:

  1. Section 10. of the COST VADEMECUM at Vademecum 01052018 Clean (cost.eu),
  2. FAQ document at FAQ-VNTs-Final-Version-2.pdf (cost.eu).

For the submission of proposals, an e-COST profile is required and can be created if needed.

“How to apply” procedures are described step-by-step in the Virtual Networking Tools (VNT) User guide available at the COST documents and guidelines web page.

 

VNS manager

The VNS manager is the person appointed by the MC as VNS grantee. The VNS manager shall develop, among others, a virtual networking strategy, coordinate the call for expression of interest for the Virtual Mobility Grants, approve the VM application(s) on behalf of the MC and draft a report to be approved by the MC (further details are provided in the Vademecum)

 

VNS applicant

The VNS applicant(s) are Action participants with a primary affiliation to an institution located in a COST Full or Cooperating Member country or a COST Near Neighbour Country participating in the Action.

The applicant(s) shall be prepared, among others, to develop a virtual networking strategy, coordinate the call for expression of interest for the Virtual Mobility Grants, and draft a report to be approved by the MC (further details are provided in the Vademecum)

 

VNS templates:

www.cost.eu/virtual_networking_support_grant_application

www.cost.eu/virtual_networking_support_grant_report

 

VM applicant

The VM applicant(s) are Action participants with a primary affiliation to an institution located in a COST Full or Cooperating Member country or a COST Near Neighbour Country participating in the Action.

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 overall objectives and relevant deliverables of the Action and submit an activity report at the end, to be approved by the VNS manager on behalf of the MC.

 

VM templates:

www.cost.eu/virtual_mobility_grant_application

www.cost.eu/virtual_mobility_grant_report