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 Virtual mobility grants, a support for mobility

The call is open now to financially support virtual mobility activities. We invite participants of the Action to apply for one of the new VMs authorized by COST.

Who is eligible?

Applicant(s) are Action participants with a primary affiliation to an institution located in a COST Full or Cooperating Member country or MC Observers from a COST Near Neighbour Country.

 The applicant(s) have to submit an application about the aim of the VM Grant and how its outcomes will generate benefits to the Action, actively contribute to the activities and overall objectives of the Action and submit a report at the end, to be approved by the VNS manager on behalf of the MC.

  • Each Virtual Mobility Grant cannot exceed EUR 1.500.

Filling out an application form. The application shall be submitted in the e-COST system in each applicant’s account ( Here is the template:

Detailed instructions on how to do the online application can be found here:


Criteria among eligible proposals (fulfilling the checklist in Vademecum Section 10.2: to be inserted) will be based on matching PROBE objectives ( and scientific excellence. Proposal will be ranked by grade using the following criteria, and funded until the available budget is used up:

  1. How clear is the statement of the main objective of the Virtual Mobility Grant?
  2. How clear is the description of the planned collaborative activity?
  3. Are all the participants listed and is their expertise and contribution clear and relevant?
  4. How well will the planned initiative contribute to the MoU objectives (either research coordination and/or capacity building objectives can be tackled) and their delivery?
  5. How well does the planned activity contribute to the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy and to plans for stakeholder engagement and promoting participation of researchers from Near-Neighbour Countries (NNCs) and International Partner Countries (IPCs) (COST Global Networking) and to the approved virtual networking strategy, if available.

Meet our grantees

List of grantees
Name Affiliation ECI Country Grant Title of the grant Team Duration
Markus Kayser Deutscher Wetterdienst - Meteorological Observatory Lindenberg NO Romania (ITC) Virtual Mobility Doppler lidar toolbox adjustments for windcube Maxime Hervo, Markus Kayser postponed
Ekaterina Batchvarova Climate, atmosphere and water research institute at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences NO VM Synergy of ceilometer and wind lidar observations ceilom.:Simone Kotthaus, lidar: Maxime Hervo, Markus Kayser 07.12.2022
Joelle Buxmann Metoffice NO VM Investigating the seasonal fluctuations of the CHM15K Ceilometer calibration constant Joelle Buxmann, R.Ruefenacht, H. Ricketts postponed
Juan Luis Guerrero Rascado University of Granada VM Assessing the role of atmospheric stability on surface pollen concentrations Joelle Buxmann, R.Ruefenacht, H. Ricketts 9.12.2022
Vanda Salgueiro Universidade Evora YES VM Synergy for Volcano eruption detection and characterization Joelle Buxmann, R.Ruefenacht, H. Ricketts 7.12.2022
Annachiara Bellini CNR-ISAC YES VM Overview of the current methodologies for the retrieval of aerosol extinction and mass concentration profiles from Automated Lid Joelle Buxmann, R.Ruefenacht, H. Ricketts 9.12.2022
Tobias Böck University of Cologne YES VM HATPRO MWR Uncertainty Assessment Christine Knist, Bernhard Pospichal 30.11.2022
Jean-François Ribaud MetOffice NO VM PARAFOG application and strategy Martial Haeffelin 30.11.2022
Martin John Osborne MetOffice NO VM Towards the implementation of an ABL algorithm in E-profile Martin John Osborne postponed
Moritz Löffler Deutscher Wetterdienst TI21D NO VM HATPRO MWR rain flagging and radome status monitoring Christine Knist, Bernhard Pospichal 5.12.2022
Anca Nemuc INOE NO Romania (ITC) VNS Virtual networking in support of CA18235 PROfiling the atmospheric Boundary Layer at European scale 24.06-31.10.2021
Pablo Ortiz-Amezcua University of Warsaw YES Poland (ITC) VM Optimization and standardization of boundary layer observations at University of Warsaw Lucja Janicka, Maciej Karasewicz, Ewan O’Connor, Pyry Pentikäinen 01.10 – 15.10.2021
Donatello Gallucci CNR-IMAA YES Italy VM Infrared-Microwave synergy to improve low liquid water path retrievals in fog Pauline Martinet, Nico Cimini, Ulrich Loehnert 22.09 – 15.10.2021
Alessio Golzio Università degli Studi di Torino YES Italy VM Mixed-layer height in complex terrain: comparing observations (STRATfinder) and high-resolution simulations (WRF) Simone Kotthaus, Henri Diémoz 10.09 – 11.10.2021
Horatiu Stefanie Babes Bolyai University Cluj Napoca YES Romania (ITC) VM Online Webminar on lidar instruments and products initial setup and SCC data processing procedures Livio Belegante, Nicolae Ajtai, Mihai Cazacu, Ovidiu Tudose 18.10.2021 1-5PM CEST
Damyan Barantiev Climate, Atmosphere and Water Research Institute - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, CAWRI-BAS YES Bulgaria (ITC) VM Implementing and testing PARAFOG at Burgas airport Marc-Antoine Drouin, Jean-François Ribaud, Martial Haeffelin 14-28.10.2021