MOBILITY-STSM
Virtual Mobility Grant Call
What is a Virtual Mobility (VM) Grant?

VM grant aims to strengthen the existing network by allowing scientists to foster collaboration in a virtual setting, exchange knowledge, learn new techniques, disseminate the Action results, etc. Some examples of the activities that could be proposed and supported by this grant are reported in the following sections. More detail and the COST rules about the Virtual Mobility Grants can be found in the COST Annotated Rules.

A maximum financial contribution of 1.500 € will be awarded for each VM Grant. The amount may be reduced, considering the duration of the activity.

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Applicant(s) is(are) Action participant(s) with a primary affiliation to an institution located in a COST Full or Cooperating Member country or 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.
Eligibility
Application Procedure & Deadline

The VM grant call application for the grant period: September 21th to October 25th, 2022 is open from September 14th to September 29th, 2022. The evaluation results will be communicated after the call closure.

The application is to be submitted in the e-COST system (https://e-services.cost.eu/) and needs to include the following information:

  • CV (max 2 pages in pdf format) of the applicant shall be uploaded together with the application
  • The 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 Virtual Mobility contribute to the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy and plans for stakeholder engagement and promoting the participation of researchers from NNC and IPC (COST Global Networking) and to the approved virtual networking strategy, if available.

The evaluation of applications will be performed by the Core Group on behalf of the MC. The selection of successful grantee(s) will be based on contributions to the overall objectives of the Action and the implementation of the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy.

The selection criteria will consider:

  • Quality of the application (40%)
  • Curriculum vitae of the applicant with demonstrated experience (30%)
  • Active involvement of the applicant in the Action (membership in the action working group is obligatory https://www.plasther.eu/join-the-action/) (30%)
Selection Criteria
Implementation of Activities

The successful applicant(s) shall implement the workplan approved in their application within the proposed timeframe and no later than the 25th October 2022. For all the grant duration, the VM grant winner will be supported and advised in its activity by the Science Communication Coordinator.

Some examples of the activities expected to be performed by the successful applicant:

  • Report on standardization of methods/protocols/terminology related to plasma medicine.
  • Virtual mentoring of ECIs.
  • Production of content for communication activities to be used on the action website, social media accounts, or conferences.
  • Webinars on specific techniques or topics related to plasma medicine and the working groups of the action.
  • Implementation of research-related activities that do not necessarily require in-person presence, e.g. data modelling.

The creativity of the Action members is strongly encouraged. This is simply an example list and any activity that can help achieve the Action objectives and contribute to the deliverables through virtual networking tools will be considered. The grantee is also encouraged to make use of the CA website and social media pages to promote their activity and to contribute to the CA visibility.

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Within 30 days from completion of the proposed activity, and in any case, no later than October 28th, 2022, the VM grantee is expected to submit the VM grant report to the Action MC. The VM grantee must submit the report as soon as possible so that the grant payment can be completed within 15 days from the end of the Action first Grant Period.

Additionally, it is requested that the grantee provides a short text supported by visual material describing the grant activity and adapt for publication on the CA website and social media platforms.

Final Report & Grant Payment

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