COST has implemented a new tool – Virtual Mobility Grants (VMG) – designed to fund remote collaborations. Several tasks are eligible for funding such as data collection and analysis, content preparation for communication, and virtual mentoring – provided they generate benefit for the Action. Funding to each grantee is up to EUR 1500. Details can be found in the Vademecum (Vademecum 01052018 Clean ( Section 10 Virtual Networking Tools) and FAQs (FAQ-VNTs-Final-Version-1.pdf (

Applicants for VMGs and potential hosts are welcome to contact the Action Virtual Networking Support Manager Raquel Lucas ( throughout the process for any additional information or support. Potential VMGs and instructions on how to apply can be found below.


1. WG1 Inventory of Cohorts, Extension of Cohort Inventory from Europe to International Cohorts

Host: ISGlobal (Spain); Dr Michelle Turner (

Objectives: To conduct a mapping of occupational cohorts studies outside of Europe, in particular in Asia and Western Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean, to work to invite cohort principal investigators from relevant international cohorts to complete the cohort inventory questionnaire, to conduct quality control of cohort entries in the inventory.

Begin date and duration: Anytime from August 1 2021, suggested duration minimum 10 days.


2. COVID-19 JEM comparison and evaluation

Host: Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (Utrecht University, NL) and INSERM (+Univ Angers/CHU Angers, France); Dr Susan Peters (

Objectives: Comparison of two job-exposure matrices (JEMs) that have been developed for assessing the risk of covid-19 infections at the workplace: one for Denmark the Netherlands, and the UK, and one for France. The comparison and evaluation could result in a scientific manuscript.

Begin date and duration: As soon as possible, duration 2-3 months


3. Knowledge gaps in occupational health research

Host: Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (Utrecht University, NL) and STAMI (National Institute of Occupational Health, Norway); Dr Susan Peters (

Objectives: Combining and harmonizing data provided by six working groups on this topic. This work will be conducted in the framework of EPHOR, a H2020 EU-project that builds on the OMEGA-Net cost action. The candidate will be invited as co-author on the planned publication.

Begin date and duration: As soon as possible, duration 2-3 months


To apply for a VMG please follow these steps:

  1. Contact the potential host with a demonstration of interest.
  2. With support from the host, fill in the VMG application form here and email it to the VNS manager, Raquel Lucas (, copying the Action Chair, Ingrid S. Mehlum (
  3. After pre-approval from the VMG coordinating group, submit the official application online through the e-cost system (
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