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 (CLOSED)

This Call is CLOSED

Sustainability study of the Action Cost CA18123 EurofamNet

Name and surname: Ana Pizarro Carmona

Country of professional affiliation: Spain

E-mail: anapizcar@alum.us.es

Home institution: University of Seville

Participants: John Canavan, Sofía Baena

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: University of Seville

Title of the VMG: Sustainability study of the Action Cost CA18123 EurofamNet

Dates of the VMG: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 to Thursday, October 20, 2022

Summary of the research: This Virtual Mobility Grant has aimed to carry out a sustainability study of the Action Cost CA18123 EurofamNet. For this purpose, in particular, an exhaustive search for different funding sources at European level has been carried out in order to establish a solid basis for the network so that the members can continue to develop their tasks and contribute from a scientific perspective to the field of family support. The joint work and the development of the proposals with the Chair and the Vice-Chair of the network have allowed to know the feasibility of the planned actions, to achieve an integrative perspective and a plural approach that will reinforce the consolidation strategy of the network to establish itself in the European framework on a solid basis.

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Knowledge Transfer of Key EurofamNet Messages to families

Name and surname: Carlos García Medina

Country of professional affiliation: Spain

E-mail: car.garciamedina@gmail.com

Home institution: University of Seville

Participants: Andy Lloyd, Jesús Maya, Rocío Garrido

Affiliations of participants:

Title of the VMG: Knowledge Transfer of Key EurofamNet Messages to families

Dates of the VMG: Monday, July 18, 2022 to Monday, October 10, 2022

Summary of the research: During the VMG I was developing the process to translate the academic outputs and practices resources made by the Cost Action members for target families, youth and children through an innovative and artistic method. In order to do that families (parents, children and young people) have interacted with WGs’ outputs (WG2) to get their feedback and finally create an efficient and art-based way of dissemination for the public. The team have been able to establish a well-structured process which will be mostly based on the types of support provision stablished by last policy brief from WG2. Three key points have been important for this project: the four P’s of family support (policy, provision, practice and participation), diversity of family forms and art-based method. In this regard, storytelling has been a good tool to get families’ views about the access, use and importance of family support provision.

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National mapping: A paper on National Working Groups

Name and surname: Jean Grasmeijer

Country of professional affiliation: Spain

E-mail: jeangrasmeijer.psicologa@gmail.com

Home institution: University of Sevilla

Participants: Lucía Jiménez, John Canavan, Sofía Baena

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: Northern University of Galway, University of Sevilla, Loyola University of Andalusia

Title of the VMG: National mapping: A paper on National Working Groups

Dates of the VMG: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 to Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Summary of the research: The VMG allowed for a very fruitful collaboration between the participants. The following activities were carried out: • Online meetings to plan the task distribution and update on individual progress • Decision on the target scientific journal for publishing the paper: a decision was made by consensus among the participants to publish the paper in Children and Youth Services Review • A bibliographic review of scientific literature at the European level surrounding previous studies on family support delivering and national structures in family support • Production of the introduction section of the paper • Planning further steps

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Academic Outputs of the EuroFam COST Action CA18123: Preparation of the Reports: Publications, Conference Presentations, Research Projects

Name and surname: Sviatlana Karpava

Country of professional affiliation: Cyprus

E-mail: karpava.sviatlana@ucy.ac.cy

Home institution: University of Cyprus

Participants: Branko Bošković, Ana Pizarro Carmona

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: University of Cyprus; University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro; University of Sevilla, Spain

Title of the VMG: Academic Outputs of the EuroFam COST Action CA18123: Preparation of the Reports: Publications, Conference Presentations, Research Projects

Dates of the VMG: Monday, August 1, 2022 to Thursday, September 15, 2022

Summary of the research: The VMG was an excellent opportunity to advance the progress in research coordination and/or capacity building and deliverables. Dr Karpava had a chance to devote more time on co-ordinating with all WGs on identifying and taking advantage of dissemination opportunities as well as on encouraging network members to share working progress of Eurofamnet both in conferences and social media. The main focus was on the preparation of the reports on the academic/research output, but the new effective ways and dissemination strategies were also discussed, such as effective use of social media channels, ongoing enhancement of Eurofamnet website, creating pathways for dissemination through academic channels, developing methods to tell stories about family support to reach families and policy makers, coordinating with WG 1 on major dissemination processes and events. The outcomes of the VMG were the compilation, design, edition and publication of EurofamNet members activities: conferences, papers and projects. This was done in the format of reports.

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Identifying the key ingredients of effective online family support

Name and surname: Patty Leijten

Country of professional affiliation: Netherlands

E-mail: p.leijten@uva.nl

Home institution: University of Amsterdam

Participants: 6 participants, 4 young scholars: Patty Leijten; Ana Catarina Canario; Burcu Kömürcü Akik; Oana David; Rukiye Kızıltepe; Koraljka Modić Stanke.

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: 6 affiliations, 5 countries, 4 ITC countries: University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; University of Porto, Portugal; University of Ankara, Turkey; University of Zagreb, Croatia;

Title of the VMG: Identifying the key ingredients of effective online family support

Dates of the VMG: Friday, July 1, 2022 to Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Summary of the research: Family support to enhance effective parenting and children’s well-being is increasingly offered online. This raises the question under what conditions online family support is a good (or perhaps even better) alternative to in-person support. With the support of this VMG, WG3 members conducted a systematic literature review and will soon finish three meta-analyses: (1) under what conditions is family support to enhance effective parenting and children’s well-being most effective?; (2) is online family support generally non-inferior to in-person family support? And (3) can online family support enhance the effects of in-person support?

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Turkish adaptation of the Interview on Parenting Competencies (ECP-12)

Name and surname: Rukiye Kızıltepe

Country of professional affiliation: Turkey

E-mail: rukiyekiziltepe@gmail.com

Home institution: Pamukkale University

Participants: 4 participants, 2 young scholars: Lucía Jiménez García, Milagrosa Sanchez, Rukiye Kızıltepe, Gamze Er Vargün

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: Lucía Jiménez García-University of Sevilla, Spain; Milagrosa Sanchez-Loyola Andalucia University, Spain; Gamze Er Vargün- Anadolu University, Turkey

Title of the VMG: Turkish adaptation of the Interview on Parenting Competencies (ECP-12)

Dates of the VMG: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 to Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Summary of the research: The researchers have adapted the ECP-12 from Spanish into Turkish thanks to this VMG. All members of VMG met several times to discuss and decide on the final version of the adapted items. The team determined additional scales to be used for the validity of the adapted scale. The researchers prepared the documents for ethical approval and applied to the Ethical Committee of Pamukkale University for the adaptation study. Moreover, the team sent the scale items to 14 practitioners working inTurkey. All practitioners evaluated all items in terms of representativeness, utility, and clarity. Given the whole VMG period, it may also be claimed to be an excellent experience for the VMG members. In sum, the final form of this scale was prepared during this VGM in order to collect the data as a result of a series of meetings held by the researchers.

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Support in the database for the catalogue of sound evaluation tools in family support and organization of the training school

Name and surname: María del Carmen Miguélez Martín

Country of professional affiliation: Spain

E-mail: miguelezmaria4@gmail.com

Home institution: University of La Laguna

Participants:

Affiliations of participants:

Title of the VMG: Support in the database for the catalogue of sound evaluation tools in family support and organization of the training school

Dates of the VMG: Thursday, July 14, 2022 to Saturday, July 30, 2022

Summary of the research: Support for the WG3 leader and coleader in the database of sound evaluation tools I family support and organization of the trainning school.

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Support to complete the WG2 work on conceptualizing 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: Carmel Devaney

Affiliations of participants: Affiliations of participants: University of Galway

Title of the VMG: Support to complete the WG2 work on conceptualizing Family Support in Europe

Dates of the VMG: Friday, April 1, 2022 to Thursday, June 30, 2022

Summary of the research: The VMG has allowed support for the WG2 leader and Co-leaders to distil the key learning from the three original reports on Family Support to develop an innovative conceptual framework on Family Support and accompanying policy brief. This briefing is available on the Eurofamnet website.

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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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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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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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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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