COST Virtual Networking Grants

COST Virtual Networking Grants

    • Grant for Virtual Networking Support (VNS Grant)

Grant to stimulate virtual collaboration among all the members of a given Action by designating a VNS Manager.
Financial Support:
1 VNS Grant (maximum EUR 4.000) per Action per Grant Period.
Who can apply:
All individuals from participating COST countries and MC observers from NNCs.

VNS Manager tasks:

      • Prepare strategy on virtual networking for the Action.
      • Support the MC in the discussions and planning of virtual events.
      • Assist in the selection of hosts for the virtual networking events.
      • Oversee the selection of the most appropriate virtual tools for each specific virtual activity (webinar,
        virtual conference, online library …) considering the needs of the Action, demonstrate the principle of best
        value for money, adhere to GDPR…
      • Support the call coordination of the Virtual Mobility Grants.

Grant Duration:
Grant Period duration for year 2 up to 31 Oct 2021.


    • Grant(s) for Virtual Mobility (VM Grant)

Virtual Mobility consists of a collaboration in a virtual setting among researchers or innovators within the COST Action, to exchange knowledge, learn new techniques, etc.

Virtual Mobility benefit to:

COST Action: uses a flexible tool to implement virtual activities inside the network, achieve the MoU objectives and significantly increase their impact and reach. Contributes to European leadership in knowledge creation and increasing its innovation potential;

VM grantee: develop(s) capacity in virtual collaboration and networking in a pan-European framework.

Examples of activities that can be performed by the VM grantee are:

Virtual mentoring scheme, with special focus on activities and exchanges that can generate capacity building and new skills, particularly for Young Researchers and Innovators (e.g. managerial skills, methodological skills, communication skills, etc);

To support the harmonisation 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.

To support the implementation of research coordination related activities that do not necessarily require inperson presence, e.g.
 computational or modelling activities;
 data analysis of the Action for a specific report or activity.