Call for Virtual Mobility Events

Posted on: 29th June 2021

The COST Association has launched new types of grants to respond to the rising need of 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. Our Cost Action is going to experiment with the Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants and we would be very happy to receive your proposals for:

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.

For more information about these grants, please read the VADEMECUM and the FAQ document.

Dynamics of Placemaking’s strategy for VM over the 1st Grant Period

The COST Association provides open guidelines regarding the objectives of VNTs grants. Given the limited time to develop virtual networking strategies until the end of the 1st Grant Period (31 October 2021), We have decided to narrow down the scope and want to align all virtual activities with the overall objectives of the Action. We are concentrating this year’s efforts on four VM grants. The grant applicants are invited to send us their drafted online events within the next weeks. The event needs to take place within the 1st Grant Period, probably latest in early- or mid-October. Please consider that we need good reporting about your activities and within October.

Your event will be defined and organized by the selected Virtual Networking Manager (VNM) Bahanur Nasya/wonderland. The program of the online event must consider the diversity of areas covered in this Action, the objectives of the Working Groups, and the differences among members expertise (i.e., from experienced researchers to early-career investigators). The format is flexible, can be any format you find useful for our Action. (a number of invited talks, MOOCs, demonstrations, and short courses that would be publicly disseminated among the Action stakeholders over the event and beyond…). More precisely, the content created for this event will be available on our website and social media channels at least, for the duration of the COST Action. Additionally, all members of the Cost-Action, the participants in the event and can use (with clear reference to creators and the Cost Action) the content on their digital activities and display on their websites. The applicant will determine the scope of the four VM grants.

Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants

Open call to all individuals with a primary affiliation to an institution located in a COST Full or Cooperating Member country or a COST Near Neighbor 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 VN manager on behalf of the MC.

Maximum of 6 per Action per Grant Year (up to 1,500 EUR per grant).

Deadline: 30th July 2021

For further details of the VM role and criteria please refer to Section 10.1 in the Vademecum-28-April-2021.pdf.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Applicants must carefully read the funding rules detailed in Section 10.1 in the COST Vademecum-28-April-2021.pdf and consult the VNT-userguide.pdf.
  2. Applicants must apply through the online application form. You can upload your relevant supporting documents for evaluation on the form directly. For questions you can contact Bahanur Nasya at office(at)
  3. Granted persons need to send their quality report latest within October 2021.