The Schwäbisch Gmünd Scientific Exchange Grant

In the spirit of the mission of east, the Schwäbisch Gmünd Scientific Exchange Grant has been established with the purpose to support exchange between European research groups in the field of surface technology.


The mission of the European Academy of Surface Technology (east) is to promote Europe-wide science, research, training and education in the field of surface technology and related areas in order to contribute to the integration, understanding and friendship between European people and individuals.

The Schwäbisch Gmünd Scientific Exchange Grant 2023/2024

The grant is given for full or partly covering of costs for travel and accommodation for an exchange of at least eight working days. A daily allowance of 20 €/day is accepted. Neither salary nor project costs are granted. The call is a continuous call for funding, with 2 deadlines a year. Next actual deadlines for application are 31 March 2023, 30 September 2023 and 31 March 2024. The travel period applied for should be carried out in the 12 months following the results publication. Evaluation and application approval will be published 30 days after the deadline (30 April 2023, 31 October 2023, 30 April 2024, and 31 October 2024). The application should be mailed to info(at)

Who can apply?

The applicant must be active in a European research group and apply for a grant for short term exchange of a duration of at least eight working days to another European research group for performing specific research or teaching activities within in surface technology. Exchange between academy and industry is welcome. There are no limits in age or experience.


The application should contain the following information:

  • Budget containing costs for travel, accommodation and daily allowance (fixed rate at 20 €/day).
  • Personal presentation (short CV). Maximum two pages.
  • Short description of the specific research or educational activity to be performed during the exchange including a motivation to how it improves European cooperation. Maximum two pages.
  • A letter of support from the host organization confirming the planned exchange. One page.


By receiving the grant, you agree to within a month after the exchange to deliver a popular description of the exchange activity to be published by east.

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european academy of surface technology (east)

Katharinenstrasse 17
D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd

phone: +49 (0)7171 1006 402
fax: +49 (0)7171 1006 900

email: info(at)