ITC Grants

Summary

Inclusiveness target countries (ITC) grants are a COST tool which help PhD students and early-career investigators from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries attend international science and technology related conferences that are not organised by a COST Action. The Action aims at supporting their participation at relevant conferences, related to the research area of EUROFAM.

The COST Action CA18123 has five working groups. Conferences for which the grant is provided can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4.

Potential applicants that are interested to submit an application should read the ITC Grants guidelines for more details about eligibility, criteria for evaluation, financial support, criteria for reimbursement and how to apply.

Information for ITC grants guidelines: PDF iconca18123_disseminationgrants_guidelines_vs2.pdf

Further details can be consulted at the COST Vademecum:

https://www.cost.eu/funding/how-to-get-funding/documents-and-guidelines


Contacts

ITC Grants Coordinator: Camellia Hancheva (hancheva@phls.uni-sofia.bg)

Application period I: 1-15th May, Evaluation 16-31st May 2019 (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

Application period II: 1-15th August, Evaluation 16-31st August 2019 (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

Application III: 1-15th November, Evaluation 16-30th November 2019 (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

Application period IV: 1-15th February, Evaluation 16-28th February 2020 (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

Application period I: 1-15th May, Evaluation 16-31st May 2020 (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

Application period II: 1-30th September 2020, Evaluation 5-11th October 2020 (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

Application period III and IV: 12th October 2020 - 30th September 2021, Evaluation within 7 days from the submission

MISSION

ITC Conference Grants are aimed at supporting ECI and PhD students from Participating ITC to attend international science and technology related conferences, event or activity on the topic of the Action that are not organised by the COST Action.

Eligibility

  • Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students, PhD candidates and ECI’s with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC participating in the Action.
  • Current ITCs (Inclusiveness Target Countries) according to COST Vademecum: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey.
  • The applicant must make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral presentation / poster presentation / speech at the approved conference must be on the topic of the Action and must acknowledge COST.

Evaluation Committee

As approved by the MC, the committee will be composed by the ITC Grants Coordinator, the Chair, the Vice Chair, and the STSM Coordinator.

Evaluation Criteria

  • General (to be rated as No/Yes by the ITC Grants Coordinator on the e-cost system):

1. Is the applicant PhD student or ECI (up to 8 years after PhD) from ITC country?

“Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students, PhD candidates and ECI’s with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC participating in the Action."

2. The applicant has an approved oral/poster presentation.

 "The applicant must make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral presentation / poster presentation / speech at the approved conference must be on the topic of the Action and must acknowledge COST.”

3. Is the participation pre-approved by the ITC Grants Coordinator & Committee?

“The participation of each applicant must be pre-approved by the Action MC”

If any of the previous 3 is ''NO'' - do not proceed with the application assessment - decision is "NO"

  • Specific (from 0 to 10 points are ascribed by the evaluation committee):

1. Relevance of the congress/conference: The congress is recognized within the academic/professional community forum for presenting and discussing relevant to the WG of the Action topics.

2. Relevance of the proposal: The topic and full content of the presentation is relevant to the WG of the Action topic: based on solid theoretical background in regard with acknowledged theoretical frame of the Action; design and methodological ground; the level of novelty of the material presented.

3. Additional 3 points will be granted if application meets the following criteria: There are clear links of the selected conference/congress to practice and policy OR strategic importance for voicing up relevant to the Action messages to the professional community.

Applications eligible to grants should be ascribed a minimum of 16 points.

Evaluation Process

  • The evaluation criteria defined by the Action’s MC are promptly communicated to all potential applicants on the website of the Action.
  • Deadlines for applications and for evaluation are clearly set and communicated via the website of the Action.
  • For each call:
    • The ITC Grants Coordinator will evaluate if the applications meet the general criteria for eligibility, and if documents required are part of the application. The ITC Grants Coordinator will send the eligible applications by email to the rest of the committee giving reasons for non-eligible applications (if applicable).
    • The committee will grade each applicant’s proposal based on a ranking point from 1-10.
    • The ITC Grants Coordinator will formulate a list of applicants ranked from the highest to the lowest points.
    • Starting from the raking, COST policies on excellence and inclusiveness and available budget will be considered by the committee for a final decision.
  • Upon completion of evaluation, inter-rate reliability is calculated (if insufficient - proceed with election procedure but re-work criteria on the next MC meeting).

List of documents for the application

For the application to be eligible, applicants need to submit the following supporting documents:

1. A complete proposal which includes(maximum 5 pages):

A. Relevance of the conference/congress at European level and for the WG of the Action topics.

B. Relevance of the proposal for the WG of the Action topics.

C. Links to practice and policy or OR strategic importance for voicing up relevant to the Action messages to the professional community.

D. Costs justification.

2. An updated Europass CV (dates of degrees obtained, current position, past experience and a list of academic publications, if applicable).

3. Acceptance letter from the conference organisers confirming the poster/presentation.

4. A copy of the abstract or poster submitted to the conference.

File  ITC Template for Complete Proposal

Interested applicants should sign in to e-COST profile (or sign up if they do not have a profile) and apply online on the webpage: http://www.cost.eu/

ITC Conference Grants Financial Support

  • Conference Grants do not necessarily cover all the expenses related to participating in a given conference. A Conference Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the selected Grantee.
  • The calculation of the financial contribution for each Conference Grant must respect the following criteria:
    • Up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant;
    • Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.
    • Up to a maximum of EUR 500 can be claimed for the conference fees to be incurred by the selected Grantee.
  • In addition, when meal and accommodation expenses are supported by the hosting institution as part of the provisions offered in their conference package, the amount for subsistence afforded to each eligible participant must be deducted from the Grant. Documentary evidence of the conference fee amount must be provided by the applicant and in kind, must be archived by the Grant Holder along with the relevant administrative documents.
  • Differentiated country rates to cover accommodation and meal expenses based on the perceived cost of living in the country will apply.

Approving ITC Conference Grants for Payment

The grantee within 30 calendar days from the end date of the mission will submit via e-cost the following documents:

1. A short scientific report including the following sections: (a) Summary of the poster/presentation given during the conference; (b) If an interesting project/researcher/practitioner for the purpose of the Action has been reached during the conference, provide details.

2. A certificate of attendance to the conference/congress.

3. A short summary (maximum 500 words) for the website page including: affiliation, field of research interest, possibly including a photo, a quote about the experience in the conference, and the poster/presentation given during the conference (if this is not possible, the abstract instead).

The ITC Conference Grants Coordinator and the Vice Chair are responsible for approving the scientific report and informing the Grant Holder for archiving purposes.

File  ITC Template for Scientific Report
File  ITC Template for Webpage Summary

Deadlines

Deadlines for the Application period III and IV of the 2nd Grant Period:

  • Application Period: November 1st 2020 – 30th September 2021 (The call will be open as long as the budget is available with the last deadline 30th of September 2021)
  • Applications will be assessed within 7 days from the submission

Further information on the COST Action CA 18123 and Working Groups is available on the website: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18123

Further details can be consulted at the COST Vademecum: https://www.cost.eu/funding/how-to-get-funding/documents-and-guidelines/

ISPCAN International Congress, Milan 2021

Name and surname: Koraljka Modić Stanke

Home institution: Social Work Study Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Field of research interest: Adoption, family support, evidence-based programs


Name of the conference/congress: 16th ISPCAN European Congress on child abuse and neglect / ISPCAN Milan 2021

Organizers: ISPCAN with Italian country partners, CISMAI and Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Website: https://www.ispcan.org/milan2021/

A quote: It was a huge and carefully organized congress with many interesting topics; I was honored to represent EurofamNet there and was very happy to see several other members also participating :-)


The presentation: The Centre for Parenting Support ‘Growing up Together’ (‘Rastimo zajedno’), in partnership with UNICEF, develops accessible, evidence-informed and sustainable universal, targeted and indicated group-based parenting support programmes and supports the network of professionals who implement them in family centres, kindergartens and NGO’s throughout Croatia. Besides programmes Growing up Together for parents of young children (Pećnik & Starc, 2010) and Growing up Together Plus for parents of pre-school children with disabilities (Pećnik et al., 2014), the Centre has developed a programme for vulnerable parents in adverse parenting circumstances, entitled Growing up Together – Count Us In! (Pećnik et al., 2019.) It consists of three components: a programme of 15 weekly, 90-minutes-long workshops with parents, aiming to enhance parents’ psychosocial resources for positive parenting, and a programme of workshops with their children (3-6 years old) that are run simoultaneously with the aim to support their wellbeing and resilience. Those workshops are followed by a 30-minutes session of joint parent-child play focused to strengthening parent-child secure attachment. Workshops are facilitated by psychologists and social workers with additional training. The main method to determine programme impact was a quantitative evaluation of data collected pre- and post- intervention with standardised questionnaires: Parenting Daily Hassles (Crnic& Greenberg, 1990); Parental self-efficacy (Kerestes et al., 2009); Parent’s reactions to child’s misbehaviour - attempted understanding and angry outbursts (Stattin et al., 2011); developmentally positive (reading, playing) and negative (shouting, hitting) interaction (Pecnik, 2014); Parental beliefs (Pecnik et al., 2011); The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (Goodman, 1997) for child that has participated in programme of workshops for children. Results from 27 groups that participated in test implementation (N=148 parents who – completed the programme) reveal the expected changes in how parents feel and behave in parental role, including significant decrease in parenting stress (both in the number of stressors encountered in parental role, and the intensity of distress parents have experienced in coping with those stressors). After the program parents reported an increase in parental self-efficacy beliefs, and in positive, developmentally desirable interaction with the child as well as a decrease in frequency of shouting at and hitting the child.Through the course of the 15 workshops with vunerable preschool children, facilitators observed that children develop more positive self-concept, become aware of their capabilities, including the ability to understand own emotions and emotions of others. They are also more able to find sources of support in coping with difficult situations. After test implementation (in 2018 and 2019) this programme is proposed as a new early intervention service of the social welfare system with the intention to bridge the gap in provision of family support services for disadvantaged parents of young children at-risk or engaged with child protection system.The process of development, implementation and evaluation of the Growing Up Together- Count Us In programme will be discussed with respect to the quality standards for evidence-based family support programmes that were developed within the framework of the COST Action 8123: The European Family Support Network. A bottom-up, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach (https://eurofamnet.eu/).

Episodic memory and episodic foresight in middle childhood: Effects of parental maltreatment and neglect

Name and surname: Sanmya Salomão

Home institution: University of Porto

Field of research interest: Psychology


Name of the conference/congress: Childhood and Time IX Conference on Childhood Studies

Organizers: Tampere University, the Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research PERLA, and the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies

Website: https://events.tuni.fi/childhood-2020

A quote: Attending the IX Conference Childhood and Time, organised by Tampere University, the Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research PERLA, and the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies was an important opportunity for sharing my project results in this preliminary phase and discussing with different researchers, aiming at new perspectives and contributions to my work.


The presentation: The presentation “Episodic memory and episodic foresight in middle childhood: Effects of parental maltreatment and neglect” aimed to explore the relationship between parental maltreatment and neglect (which usually led to coercive disciplinary practices, unpredictable parental reactions, and unstable family routines) and children´s time reasoning, including mental time travel abilities. Episodic memory and episodic foresight are two strongly related capacities involved in mental time travel, contributing to individual awareness of personal experiences and identity in time. Through mental time travel experiences, children develop integrated relations of past, present, and future events, enhancing a coherent sense of self through time. In the study presented, a detrimental effect of parental neglect on the development of episodic memory and episodic foresight was observed. In groups where children were exposed to higher levels of risk for parental maltreatment (severe neglect and exposure to domestic violence), their narratives included lower levels of episodic content. Effects on children’s ability to project themselves into the future were also observed. They tend to become more limited to present events and present difficulties in going beyond immediate constrains.

8th International Congress of Educational Sciences and Development

Name and surname: Ana Catarina Canário

Home institution: Faculty of Psychology and Education Science at the University of Porto


Name of the conference/congress: 8th International Congress of Educational Sciences and Development

Organizers: The Congress has four organizing institutions, two from Spain, Universidad de Granada (Grupo de Investigacion CTS-261), Universida de Vigo (Vicerrectorado de Pontevedra), and two from Portugal, Universidade do Minho (Instituto de Educação) and Universidad

Website: https://en.internationaleducationcongress.com/

A quote: This conference is aimed at academics and professionals from all fields of Education Sciences and Developmental Psychology. It is addressed to those working in the field of Family, School and/or Community Education and in the Psychology of Human Development at the practical and/or theoretical level. The conference is organized by four well-known universities in the fields of Education Sciences and Developmental Psychology from two European countries (Spain and Portugal). The conference contents will be delivered in three languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and English. International presentations will be made, allowing participants to share and discuss theoretical and practical knowledge. Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online.


The presentation: The presentation “Issues, perspectives and arguments regarding family and parenting support program evaluation strategies” addresses some of the contents of the work developed by WG3 members on task 3.5, identifying and compiling sound evaluation tools in family support area. The presentation is part of a symposium (Chair: Lucía Jiménez) with the title “Evidence -informed family education and support in contemporary Europe. Contributions from the European Family Support Network”.

8th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS of EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES and DEVELOPMENT

Name and surname: Anita Burgund Isakov

Home institution: Faculty of Political Sciences (Belgrade)


Name of the conference/congress: 8th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS of EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES and DEVELOPMENT

Organizers: INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES AND DEVELOPMENT

Website: https://www.psicoaragon.es/eventos/8th-international-congress-educational-scienc…

A quote: During the Conference:” 8th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS of EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES and DEVELOPMENT” I have attended symposium on the topic:” "EVIDENCE-INFORMED FAMILY EDUCATION AND SUPPORT IN CONTEMPORARY EUROPE. CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE EUROPEAN FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK" where I have presented the results of the research on systematic literature review on the family support workforce. I have worked together with professor Nevenka Žegarac, Cristina Nunes and Ana ANtunes on writing a paper about findings. The title of presentation was: Workforce skills used in family support: a systematic review” and I have presented the main idea, method, findings and conclusion of the paper. There has been a bit of the discussion on findings and possibilities for further in depth research on the topic and everything have been videotaped on ZOOM platform and presented on the Conference in schedualed time. In the symposium I have exchange my views and knowlages together with the rest of the members. Since the conference was filmed in advance there was no communication afterwords, and no questions about the symposium form other conference attendees.


The presentation: The topic of the conference and the content is very relevant to my work as a researcher and assistant professor at the Belgrade UNivesity, Faculty of Poalitical sciences, department of social policy and social work. I teach social work and it is very important for me to be up to date with the family support perspectives, domains and challenges in order to teach my students. Other important research topic occurred during the discussion on conference about possibility to research in depth some other literature such as books, reports and some of the grid relevant material about family support workforce since my previous research has established good fondations to further analyses of its family support workforce standards and qualities. After conference we have formed the team on establishing further research on workforce skills of family support in our WG4 team.

Is being a parent in Portugal satisfying? How gender, parental burnout and parental competence relate to life satisfaction

Name and surname: Marisa Matias

Home institution: Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences – University of Porto

Field of research interest: Gender and Family relationships; Work-family integration; Parenting and couple dynamics


Name of the conference/congress: 1st international conference on parental burnout

Organizers: Isabelle Roskam & Moira Mikolajczak, UCLouvain, Belgium

Website: https://uclouvain.be/fr/instituts-recherche/ipsy/1st-international-conference-on…

A quote: The environment of the conference was very welcoming allowing for fruitful discussions that went beyond the time slot for the presentations.


The presentation: Is being a parent in Portugal satisfying? How gender, parental burnout and parental competence relate to life satisfaction Abundant research has stressed that parents, across industrialized societies, compared to nonparents, show lower levels of well-being. This is commonly attributed to the fact that children increase adults’ exposure to a variety of stressors (e.g. demands of time and energy, work-family conflict, sleep deprivation) and thus the emotional rewards of having children may be out-weighed by the emotional and financial costs associated with contemporary parenthood. These strains may be heightened in contexts where minimal institutional support is provided, as it is the case of Portugal, and among women, who have the greater responsibility for child care in virtually all OECD countries. On the positive side, perceptions of parental competence have been found to relate positively with psychological well-being. Therefore, in this study the focus is on characterizing parenthood in Portugal analyzing the linkages among parental burnout, parental competence and life satisfaction, as an indicator of wellbeing, disentangling these linkages for mother and for fathers. Data was collected using online and paper and pencil self-report questionnaires. A convenience sample of 407 Portuguese individuals (n= 205 women) was gathered. Most of the sample is working (97% of men; 89% of women) has, in average, 1.7 children and is a two-parent family (88-89%). T-Tests and correlation analyses were performed to explore the linkages among the proposed constructs. Our results show that women have higher levels of parental burnout than men, in all the considered dimensions (exhaustion, contrast, being fed up and emotional distancing) and that women perceive themselves as less competent in the parental role than men. No gender differences were found in regard to life satisfaction. Parental burnout is linked with lower levels of life satisfaction and parental competence for both men and women, with the exception that men’s life satisfaction does not seem to be linked to men’s parental exhaustion. Life satisfaction is positively linked with parental competence for both men and women Overall our results grant additional evidence to the parental burnout construct and measurement and highlight gender specificities that can be interpreted in light of societal views on what is expected of mothers and fathers. Indeed, Portuguese mothers (as well as mothers in other societies) are more overloaded with the task of parenting and this is noticeable in our findings of less perception on parental competence and more parental burnout.