About STSM Program

The STSM Program of CA19118 EsSENce aims at promoting research collaborations on scientific topics relevant to the field of the Action,  “High-performance Carbon-based composites with Smart properties for Advanced Sensing Applications”.

CA19118 will provide financial support for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM). The awarded mobility grants are meant to foster collaboration on topics relevant with respect to the objectives of EsSENce’s Working Groups.

PhD Students, Early Career Investigators (ECI) and Experienced Scientists,  can apply for funds (max. 4000 EUR) to cover their travel, living, and accommodation expenses when visiting a Host Lab in a different country (Lab or industry) where they will perform a short scientific project strictly focused on scientific areas defined in the Memorandum of Understanding. More details on the COST STSM framework are available in the Annoated Rules for COST Actions (Sections A.2-1.1, A2-2.3, A2-3) 

The STSMs are not restricted to ESSENCE Management Committee and Work Group Members. All researchers from Full COST member countries can propose to implement an STSM in any Full COST Member, COST Near Neighbour (NNC) or COST International Partner (IPC) Country, as long as the theme of the STSM aligns to the general objectives of ESSENCE, and to the specific objectives of the Work Groups, as defined in the Memorandum of Understanding.  Furthermore, any NNC researcher can propose to implement an STSM to any Full COST member country, and, while IPC researchers cannot apply for funding to implement STSMs, they can nonetheless host STSMs implemented by researchers Full COST member countries.


The list of Participating Countries in CA19118 EsSENce is available

To apply, candidates should follow the procedure described

and contact the EsSENce STSM Coordinator Dr. Stefan G. Stanciu at ca19118.essence.stsm@gmail.com for further questions.

Submitting an application is straightforward:

The applicant needs to encode an STSM application by logging into e-COST: https://e-services.cost.eu/ and clicking on the STSM application tab. The applicants must use the on-line registration tool to register their request for an STSM at least 3 weeks before the beginning of the STSM.

The applicant needs to obtain a written agreement of the host institution before applying & submit to the STSM Coordinator with the other documents listed below (Letter of support from the HOME institute (that can be replaced by an Affidavit, for scientists holding a PhD degree) & Letter of support from the HOST institute)

Submit a CV with list of publications (if applicable)


For inquiries on the COST EsSENce STSM Program, please contact Dr. Stefan G. Stanciu at: