Call for Virtual Mobility Grants

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  • On 3 August 2021
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  • VM grants

COST has recently developed a new type of Grant to promote virtual collaborations in the context of the pandemic and to support the Actions to implement their activities as much as possible.

This grant is proposed as a pilot until the end of the Horizon 2020 i.e., 31 October 2021.

All Action participants with a primary affiliation to an institution located in a COST Full Member country or Cooperating Member, or MC Observers from a COST Near Neighbour Country are eligible to apply for the grants.

The AttoChem COST Action is now looking for candidates for these grants:

Call for Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants: to strengthen the existing networks by allowing scientists to foster collaboration in a virtual setting. The maximum amount per VM Grant is EUR 1.094, with a maximum of 2 VM Grants for this Grant Period.

The activities expected to be performed by the successful applicant, but not limited to, are:

  • To support the implementation of research related activities that do not necessarily require in-person presence, e.g. i) computational or modelling activities; ii) data analysis of the Action for a specific report or activity.
  • To support the implementation of research related activities that do not necessarily require in-person presence, e.g. i) computational or modelling activities; ii) data analysis of the Action for a specific report or activity.
  • To support the implementation of research related activities that do not necessarily require in-person presence, e.g. i) computational or modelling activities; ii) data analysis of the Action for a specific report or activity.

How to apply

The VM grant application form (see below) shall be submitted in e-COST (https://e-services.cost.eu/) and include the following information:

  • The main objective of the Virtual Mobility Grant
  • A working Plan (description of the collaborative initiative to be implemented)
  • A plan for Participation
  • Main expected outputs
  • Contribution to the COST Action Strategy
  • A brief motivation letter (maximum one page)
  • A short CV (maximum 4 pages)

Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as practical. The final date for submitting applications is August 30, 2021. The applicant will be informed about the award of the grant by September 6, 2021. The VM report (see the template below) needs to be submitted no later than October 13, 2021.

Selection of candidates

  • The selection of successful grantees will be based on contributions to the overall objectives of the Action (see the MoU) and the implementation of the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy.
  • Priority will be given to young applicants (PhD students and Early-Career Investigators).
  • Priority will be given to applicants from ITC countries.
  • When grant applications from both female and male applicants have been assessed to be equal, or essentially equal, the female applicant is to be considered as first choice.

For more information about the VM grants, see the following documents:

COST Vademecum, pages 36-39, https://www.cost.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Vademecum-28-April-2021.pdf
FAQ document: http://www.cost.eu/virtual_networking_tools_FAQ
Step-by step user guide: http://www.cost.eu/virtual_networking_tools_ecost_user_guide
VM template for grant application: http://www.cost.eu/virtual_mobility_grant_application
VM report template: http://www.cost.eu/virtual_mobility_grant_report
Action MoU: https://e-services.cost.eu/files/domain_files/CA/Action_CA18222/mou/CA18222-e.pdf

If you have further questions regarding these grants, please contact the Virtual Networking Support Manager of the Action (Dr. Aurora Ponzi, attochem.scm@uam.es).

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