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Virtual Networking Tools

About Virtual Networking Tools

Virtual Networking Tools are aiming to build capacity and spread the uptake of virtual collaboration across different research communities. It will run as a pilot until the end of the Horizon 2020 i.e., 31 October 2021. Depending on its uptake and success metrics, these grants may continue under the Horizon Europe programme.


Virtual Networking Support (VNS) Grant

Virtual Networking Tools

The two new grants available for all individuals from participating COST countries and MC 
Observers from Near Neighbour Countries
, are:


Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants

Virtual Networking Support (VNS) Grant, which aim at promoting virtual collaboration to complement traditional ways of collaboration within the research and innovation communities. This grant intends to stimulate virtual collaboration among 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 virtual collaboration, such as developing a virtual networking strategy for the Action, taking overall responsibility for Virtual Mobility Grants (see below) and supporting the MC in the discussions and planning of virtual events and collaboration activities.

The selection of successful grantee shall be based on contributions to the overall objectives of the Action and the implementation of the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy.

For current grant period (ending Oct 31, 2021), Assoc. Prof. Hendrik Knoche (WG 3 Leader) was appointed by Management Committee as a Virtual Networking Support Manager.

See the Virtual Networking Strategy adopted by IRENE COST Action.

Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants aim at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to foster collaboration in a virtual setting, to exchange knowledgelearn new techniques, disseminate Action results, etc. The successful applicant(s) 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 selection of successful grantee shall be based on contributions to the overall objectives of the Action, the implementation of the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy as well as the approved strategy on virtual networking for the Action.

For more information

About the type of activities that can be covered with these new grants, application and reporting process can be found in the Vademecum (updated version Apr 2021) and in the FAQ document.

The process how to apply for these grants to be seen in VNT User Manual.

For further questions please contact IRENE Project Coordinator Sabina Hladíková (