Virtual Mobility Grants

Summary

Virtual Mobility is part of COST Virtual Networking Tools, which help developing skills and capacities through virtual collaboration between researchers across Europe. Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) foster the establishment of existing networks through virtual collaborations by sharing knowledge, by learning new skills and techniques, by reaching deliverables and disseminating the Action’s results.

The COST Action CA18123 has five working groups. VMG 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 VMG guidelines for more details about eligibility, criteria for evaluation, financial support, criteria for reimbursement and how to apply.

Information for VMG guidelines: PDF iconca18123_vmg_guidelines_vs22022.pdf

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

Contact

VMG coordinator: Ana Pizarro (eurofamnet@gmail.com)

2nd Grant Period – 1st call for VMG applications (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

The COST Action CA 18123 launches its first call for Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG Grants). VMG are funded as part of the Action CA 18123. The research network itself is funded by COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) aim to develop skills and capacities between researchers across Europe and foster the establishment of existing networks through virtual collaborations, by sharing knowledge, by learning new skills and techniques, by reaching deliverables, disseminating the Action results.

First call characteristics:

  • The COST Action CA18123 has five working groups. VMG can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4.

  • The first call covers the 2nd Grant Period from June 2021 until October 2021, and during this period VMG should be completed.

  • The call will fund 6 VMG up to EUR 1500.

Deadlines

Deadlines for the 2nd Grant Period call:

  • Application period: 12th July 2021 – 25th July 2021
  • Evaluation period: 26th July 2021 – 1st August 2021


Documents for interested applicants:

FileVMG complete proposal template
FileVMG acceptance letter template
FileVMG report template
FileVMG webpage summary template


Contact

VMG coordinator: Virtual Networking Support Manager

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/

2nd Grant Period – 2nd call for VMG applications (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

The COST Action CA 18123 is launching a second call for Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) applications within the Second Grant Period, due to the fact that there are still five VMGs available for this Grant Period.

VMG are funded as part of the Action CA 18123. The research network itself is funded by COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) aim to develop skills and capacities between researchers across Europe and foster the establishment of existing networks through virtual collaborations, by sharing knowledge, by learning new skills and techniques, by reaching deliverables, disseminating the Action results.

Second call characteristics:

  • The COST Action CA18123 has five working groups. VMG can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4.

  • The call will fund 5 VMG up to EUR 1500.

Deadlines

Deadlines for the 2nd call of the 2nd Grant Period:

  • Application period: 23rd August 2021 – 5th September 2021
  • Evaluation period: 6th September 2021 – 12th September 2021


Documents for interested applicants:

FileVMG complete proposal template
FileVMG acceptance letter template
FileVMG report template
FileVMG webpage summary template


Contact

VMG coordinator: Jean Grasmeijer (eurofamnet@gmail.com)

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/

2nd Grant Period – 3rd call for VMG applications (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

The COST Action CA 18123 is launching a third call for a Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) application within the Second Grant Period, as there is still one VMG available for this Grant Period.

VMG are funded as part of the Action CA 18123. The research network itself is funded by COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) aim to develop skills and capacities between researchers across Europe and foster the establishment of existing networks through virtual collaborations, by sharing knowledge, by learning new skills and techniques, by reaching deliverables and disseminating the Action results.

Third call characteristics:

  • The COST Action CA18123 has five working groups. VMG can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups.
  • The call will fund 1 VMG up to EUR 1500.

Deadlines:

Deadlines for the 3rd call of the 2nd Grant Period:

  • Application period: 14th - 20th September
  • Evaluation period: 21st - 24th September


Documents for interested applicants:

File VMG complete proposal template
File
 VMG acceptance letter template
File
 VMG report template
File
 VMG webpage summary template


Contact

VMG coordinator: Jean Grasmeijer (eurofamnet@gmail.com)

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/

3rd Grant Period – 1st call: ongoing up to 6th February 2021 (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

The COST Action CA 18123 launches the first call for Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) in its 3rd Grant Period. VMG are funded as part of the Action CA 18123. The research network itself is funded by COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) aim to develop skills and capacities between researchers across Europe and foster the establishment of existing networks through virtual collaborations, by sharing knowledge, by learning new skills and techniques, by reaching deliverables and disseminating the Action’s results.

Call characteristics:

  • The COST Action CA18123 has five working groups. VMG can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4.
  • The 3rd Grant Period runs from November 2021 until October 2022, and during this period the VMG shall be completed.
  • This call will fund a maximum of 6 VMG up to EUR 1500.

Deadlines:

  • This call will be ongoing until February 6th 2022
  • The applications during this call will be reviewed within 7 days
  • The next call will be discussed at the MC meeting in February 2022

Documents for interested applicants:

File VMG complete proposal template
File
 VMG acceptance letter template
File
 VMG report template
File
 VMG webpage summary template

Contact

VMG coordinator: Jean Grasmeijer

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 annotated rules.

3rd Grant Period – 2nd call: ongoing from 9th February 2022

The COST Action CA 18123 launches the second call for Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) in its 3rd Grant Period. VMG are funded as part of the Action CA 18123. The research network itself is funded by COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) aim to develop skills and capacities between researchers across Europe and foster the establishment of existing networks through virtual collaborations, by sharing knowledge, by learning new skills and techniques, by reaching deliverables and disseminating the Action’s results.

Call characteristics:

  • The COST Action CA18123 has five working groups. VMG can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4.
  • The 3rd Grant Period runs from November 2021 until October 2022, and during this period the VMG shall be completed.
  • This call will fund a maximum of 6 VMG up to EUR 1500.

Deadlines:

  • This call will be open on an ongoing basis from 9th February 2022 until further notice.
  • The applications during this call will be reviewed within 15 days.

Documents for interested applicants:

File VMG complete proposal template
File VMG acceptance letter template
File VMG report template
File VMG webpage summary template

Contact

VMG coordinator: Ana Pizarro (eurofamnet@gmail.com)

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 annotated rules.

A scoping policy review of children’s and parents’ participation across European countries

Name and surname: Angela Abela

Country of professional affiliation: Malta

E-mail: angela.abela@um.edu.mt

Home institution: University of Malta

Participants: Bente Heggem Kojan, Tatyana Kotzeva, Lilian Tzivian, Samita Wilson

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Bulgarian Academy of Science; University of Latvia; Union University School of Law, Belgrade; NUI Galway, Ireland; University of Stavanger, Norway

Title of the VMG: A scoping policy review of children’s and parents’ participation across European countries

Dates of the VMG: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 to Sunday, October 31, 2021

Summary of the research: The objective of this VM was to contribute towards knowledge and understanding of children and parents’ participation in children and family services policies. This objective supports the COST Action Strategy aim as well as increased collaboration among network members and stakeholders across European countries. Outputs: 1) Three virtual meetings were organized among the participating members. The first meeting focused on introductions of the team members, setting the scope of the project and clarifying roles and responsibilities of each member. During the second meeting, the draft indicators for children’s and parents’ participation for data collection were discussed. The last meeting clarified queries related to the data-collection grid, update the project timeline and discuss any challenges the members experienced during data-collection. 2) Data-collection tool: a table of questions/indicators related to children’s and parents’ participation was developed to collect the relevant data from the selected policy documents. This helped us collect comparable data from included countries. 3) Nine individual policy review reports representing countries from 7 different European regions produced, using the data-collection tool. 4) A summary of preliminary findings from country reports produced. Outcomes: i) Enhanced collaboration between COST Action members and Eurofamnet stakeholders, for example, EuroChild. ii) Increased knowledge and understanding of various notions of participation ascribed to children and parents in the social policies across different European countries

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Compilation of sound evaluation tools for family support

Name and surname: Elisabeth Stefanek

Country of professional affiliation: Austria

E-mail: elisabeth.stefanek@promente-forschung.at

Home institution: Pro mente Forschung

Participants: Oriola Hamzallari, Camellia Hancheva, Zane Linde-Ozola, Koraljka Modic Stanke, Nina Pecnik, Daiva Skuciene, Lina Sumskaite, Ana Uka

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: Aleksander Moisiu University, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", University of Latvia, University of Zagreb, Vilnius University, University College "Beder”

Title of the VMG: Compilation of sound evaluation tools for family support

Dates of the VMG: Monday, September 20, 2021 to Sunday, October 31, 2021

Summary of the research: The VMG was very important to work on the tasks related to the subgroup of WG 3, “compilation of sound evaluation tools for family support”. Much progress could be made through online meetings with the whole subgroup and with single working group members. Furthermore, several online collaboration tools, e.g., google drive, EndNote Web were used. All working group members had access to all relevant documents. They could share their content and working group members provided each other feedback on their working products. Furthermore, detailed protocols of each meeting were made in order to have a documentation of the process and members who missed a virtual meeting with all necessary information have access to the protocols.

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Conceptualization of family support in Europe

Name and surname: Carmel Devaney

Country of professional affiliation: Ireland

E-mail: carmel.devaney@nuigalway.ie

Home institution: National University of Ireland Galway

Participants: Rebecca Jackson

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre

Title of the VMG: Conceptualization of family support in Europe

Dates of the VMG: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 to Friday, October 29, 2021

Summary of the research: The VMG has allowed support to work on distilling the key messages from the literature review on Family Support in Europe. This has included the finalization of the key messages from each section of the report and the main findings that need to be brought forward to inform the innovative framework for conceptualizing Family Support in Europe. This is a key deliverable for WG2

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Creation of the CA18123 “EurofamNet” intermediate brochure

Name and surname: Jean Grasmeijer

Country of professional affiliation: Spain

E-mail: jeangrasmeijer.psicologa@gmail.com

Home institution: Universidad de Huelva

Participants: Lucía Jiménez, Pablo García Ruiz, Christopher Clouder

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: University of Sevilla, ICMedia, Alliance for Childhood

Title of the VMG: Creation of the CA18123 “EurofamNet” intermediate brochure

Dates of the VMG: Monday, September 20, 2021 to Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Summary of the research: The work done during the VMG allowed for the production of the intermediate results brochure of the Action. This brochure is one of the Action’s deliverables for the second Grant Period, and ties into one of the Action’s main objectives: “To raise awareness among key European and international stakeholders in family support by involving them into the Action and disseminating internationally with interactive tools”. The brochure provides a visually appealing and concise introduction to the Network, giving an overview of its objectives, its structure, its methodology and its principles. Moreover, it presents the reader with all the activities carried out, as well as the outputs produced by the Network as a whole and its individual members. It is an interactive tool, in the sense that all the main items are linked to either the specific document or section on the Network’s website.

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EuroFam Dissemination Activities: Development of the next newsletter and flyer

Name and surname: Christos Sidiras

Country of professional affiliation: Denmark

E-mail: chsi@mmmi.sdu.dk

Home institution: University of Southern Denmark

Participants: Vasiliki Maria Iliadou

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: Clinical Psychoacoustics Lab, 3rd Department of Psychiatry, Neuroscience Sector, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Title of the VMG: EuroFam Dissemination Activities: Development of the next newsletter and flyer

Dates of the VMG: Monday, September 13, 2021 to Sunday, October 31, 2021

Summary of the research: This VMG was a collaboration between a number of researchers. Meetings between different groups of participators were held, while panels (i.e. participators of each meeting) was formulated based on the specific needs of each meeting. This increased both speed and efficiency of the working group of this VGM. At all stages, the working group was in contact with the leader of the EuroFam project. This facilitated both decision making and the development of material that better represents and communicates EuroFam’s scope and purposes.

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The use of ICT in family support

Name and surname: Patty Leijten

Country of professional affiliation: Netherlands

E-mail: p.leijten@uva.nl

Home institution: University of Amsterdam

Participants: Ana Catarina Canário, Aleksandra Lewandowska-Walter, Zane Linde-Ozola, Koraljka Modić Stanke, Elyška Kodyšová, Burcu Kömürcü Akik, Nicole Creasey

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: University of Porto, Portugal; University of Gdansk, Poland; University of Latvia, Latvia; University of Zagreb, Croatia; APERIO - Healthy Parenting Association, Czech Republic; University of Ankara, Turkey; University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Title of the VMG: The use of ICT in family support

Dates of the VMG: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to Sunday, October 31, 2021

Summary of the research: The VMG allowed members of the Action to work together on a manuscript on the various ways in which ICT can be used in family support. This paper is one of the deliverables of the Action, and especially timely now that the covid-19 pandemic forced many family support providers to find alternatives for face-to-face support. The paper provides an overview of the various ways in which ICT can be used, from peer-led discussion boards to enhance parental social support and knowledge sharing, to professional-led support sessions through video calling, and self-directed websites and apps that provide parents with knowledge, skills, and feedback on their parenting. It includes a critical discussion on when to consider ICT as a supplement or alternative to traditional family support delivery forms, with a special focus on access and equity. The paper will be submitted for publication in a special issue on children’s health and well-being in an international peer-reviewed journal.

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