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Erasmus +

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.

Overview

Organisations wanting to participate in Erasmus+ may engage in a number of development and networking activities, including strategic improvement of the professional skills of their staff, organisational capacity building, and creating transnational cooperative partnerships with organisations from other countries in order to produce innovative outputs or exchange best practices.

In addition, organisations facilitate the learning mobility opportunities for students, education staff, trainees, apprentices, volunteers, youth workers and young people.

The benefits for involved organisations include an increased capacity to operate at an international level, improved management methods, access to more funding opportunities and projects, increased ability to prepare, manage, and follow-up projects, as well as a more attractive portfolio of opportunities for learners and staff at participating organisations.

Key Actions

Key Action 1: Learning mobility of individuals

Key Action 1 aims to encourage the mobility of students, staff, volunteers, youth workers, and young people. Organisations can arrange to send or receive students and staff to or from participating countries, as well as organise teaching, training, learning and volunteering activities.

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Key Action 2: Innovation and good practices

Key Action 2 is designed to develop the education, training, and youth sectors through five main activities:

  1. Strategic partnerships to support innovation in the sector as well as joint initiatives to promote cooperation, peer-learning, and the sharing of experience.
  2. Knowledge Alliances to foster innovation in and through higher education together with businesses, and beyond, contributing to new approaches to teaching and learning, entrepreneurship in education, and the modernisation of higher education systems in Europe.
  3. Sector Skills Alliances to tackle skills gap and ensure a better alignment of vocational education and training with labour market needs. There are opportunities to modernise VET, exchange knowledge and best practices, encourage working abroad, and increase the recognition of qualifications.
  4. Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education to support the modernisation, accessibility, and internationalisation of higher education in Partner Countries.
  5. Capacity-building projects in the field of youth to support the development of youth work, non-formal learning, and volunteer work, as well as promote non-formal learning opportunities with Partner Countries

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Key Action 3: Support for policy reform

Key Action 3 aims to increase the participation of young people in democratic life, especially in discussions with policy makers, as well as developing knowledge in the fields of education, training, and youth.

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Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.

What is the aim?

Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education are transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions from Programme and eligible Partner Countries.

The aim of these projects is to support eligible Partner Countries to:

  • modernise, internationalise and increase access to higher education
  • address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems
  • increase cooperation with the EU
  • voluntarily converge with EU development in higher education, and
  • promote people to people contacts, intercultural awareness, and understanding.

This is carried out in the context of two key policy documents and the policy defined by four complementary financing instruments;

What is the opportunity?

Erasmus+ provides the opportunity for organisations from eligible Partner Countries, mainly higher education institutions (HEIs), to promote cooperation through actions that:

  • improve the quality of higher education and its alignment with labour market needs,
  • improve the level of skills in HEIs through new education programmes,
  • strengthen the capacity of management, governance, and innovation, as well as internationalisation,
  • build the capacity of national authorities to modernise their own higher education systems, and
  • foster regional integration and cooperation across different regions of the world.

Capacity building projects typically focus on one of three main activities:

  • curriculum development activities
  • modernisation of governance and management of HEIs and systems
  • strengthening of relations between higher education and the wider economic and social environment

Organisations can choose from two types of projects:

  1. Joint projects, which aim to support organisations from partner countries (i.e. through curriculum development, modernisation of management, etc.), and
  2. Structural Projects, which aim to strengthen higher education systems and promote reforms at national and/or regional level.

How does it work?

Organisations intending to apply must do so as part of a consortium. For projects addressing one Partner Country, a consortium must in principle include two Programme Countries, as well as:

  • at least one HEI from each Programme Country taking part
  • at least three HEIs from the Partner Country
  • at least as many Partner Country HEIs as Programme Country HEIs

For projects addressing more than one Partner Country, at least two eligible Partner Countries and at least two Programme Countries must be involved. A consortium must, in principle, include:

  • at least one HEI from each Programme Country taking part
  • at least two HEIs from each Partner Country taking part
  • at least as many Partner Country HEIs as Programme Country HEIs

Eligible Partner Countries are those in Regions 1-4 and 6-11. Projects involving Region 8 (Latin America) must involve at least two Partner Countries from the Region and projects involving the Russian Federation (Region 4) must involve at least another Partner Country from a different region. All Structural Projects must also include the Ministry responsible for education in the Partner Country.

A consortium must be led by an applicant, an organisation that submits the proposal on behalf of the partners and is responsible for the overall implementation of the project. The applicant must be:

  • a higher education institution (ideally from a partner country)
  • an association or organisation of higher education institutions, or
  • in the case of Structural Projects, a legally recognised national or international rector, teacher, or student organisation

Organisations from Libya, Syria, and the Russian Federation cannot act as applicants.

Project partners may either be higher education institutions or any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training, and youth. These organisations can participate as:

  • Full Partners who participate actively in the project under the authority of the applicant, and
  • Associated Partners, who contribute to specific tasks or activities

Associated Partners are not considered part of the consortium and, as such, cannot benefit from any financial support from the project.

What else should you know?

Capacity-Building projects typically focus on three main activities:

  • curriculum development activities
  • modernisation of governance and management of Higher Education Institutions and systems
  • strengthening of relations between Higher Education and the wider economic and social environment

Projects typically last 2 or 3 years and the grant varies between EUR 500,000 and EUR 1 million. It can be used to cover staff costs, travel costs, costs of stay, equipment and sub-contracting activities.

Higher Education Institutions from Programme Countries must possess a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.

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What is the aim?

Capacity building projects in the field of youth aim to:

  • foster cooperation and exchanges between Programme and Partner Countries
  • improve the quality and recognition of youth-work, non-formal learning, and volunteering in Partner Countries and enhance synergies with education systems and the labour market
  • foster new non-formal learning mobility schemes and programmes, and
  • promote transnational non-formal learning mobility between Programme and Partner Countries, with a focus on the under-privileged.

Capacity building projects should focus on activities that;

  • promote strategic cooperation between youth organisations and public authorities (in Partner Countries)
  • promote cooperation between youth and education organisations, as well as business and the labour market
  • build the capacity of youth organisations and authorities
  • enhance the management, governance, innovation capacity and internationalisation of youth organisations
  • launch, test, and implement youth work-practices, such as professional development and informal learning
  • promote new forms of training and new approaches to youth work
  • promote cooperation, networking, and peer-learning to improvement the management of youth organisations.

What is the opportunity?

Erasmus+ provides the opportunity for organisations to implement projects that aim to:

  • encourage policy dialogue, cooperation, networking, and the exchange of best practices
  • organise large scale youth events (of up two days)
  • organise information and awareness campaigns
  • develop information, communication, and media tools
  • develop youth work methods, tools, materials, curricula, training modules, and documentation instruments (such as Youthpass)
  • create new forms of delivering youth work and providing training and support.

There are two main types of Capacity Building projects:

  • Standard Capacity Building projects (Regions 5-13), which aim to increase the capacity of organisations and may include mobility activities, and
  • Western Balkans Youth Window projects (Region 1), which aim at increasing the capacity of organisations through mobility activities (potentially complemented by capacity building activities).

The Mobility activities that can be implemented include:

How does it work?

Organisations intending to apply must do so as part of a consortium of at least three organisations from three different countries, of which one must be a Programme Country and another an eligible Partner Country.

What else should you know?

Projects should last from 9 months to 2 years. There are various additional eligibility criteria. More information on these criteria is available in the Programme Guide.

What is the aim?

Knowledge Alliances are transnational projects which bring higher education institutions and business together to work on common issues.

The overall aim is to help strengthen Europe’s capacity to innovate and to support the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems.

Knowledge Alliances focus on one or more of the following:

  • developing new, innovative, and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning,
  • stimulating entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial skills of higher education and company staff,
  • exchanging knowledge and working together on new solutions.

What is the opportunity?

Knowledge Alliances offer the opportunity for organisations to develop a project that contributes to one of the focus areas above. They are open to any discipline and sector, as well as cross-sectoral cooperation.

The partners of a Knowledge Alliances share common goals and work together towards mutually beneficial results and outcomes.

Examples of areas that can be supported include:

  • Boosting innovation in higher education and business,
  • Developing entrepreneurship and skills
  • Stimulating the flow and exchange of knowledge between higher education and business.

How does it work?

Organisations interested in participating must do so as part of a consortium, including:

  • a minimum of six independent organisations from at least three Programme Countries
  • of which least two must be higher education institutions (HEIs), and
  • of which at least two must be enterprises/businesses (consultancies and intermediaries are eligible on the understanding that they demonstrate pertinent experience and commitment in the relevant field).

Organisations from Partner Countries are welcome, but their added value in the consortium must be demonstrated.

A consortium must be led by an applicant, which is the organisation that submits the proposal on behalf of the partners and is responsible for the overall implementation of the project. Project partners may either be:

  • Full Partners who participate actively in the project under the authority of the applicant, and
  • Associated Partners, who contribute to specific tasks or activities.

The role of Associated Partners must be clearly defined at application stage and they cannot receive funds. Both kinds of partner can come from either a Programme or Partner Country.

What else should you know?

Projects are two to three years in length although, in exceptional cases, the duration can be extended by up to six months upon request.

The maximum funding for a two-year project is €700,000, and the maximum funding for a three-year project is €1,000,000.

Higher education institutions from Programme Countries participating in an application must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. The ECHE is not required for HEIs from partner countries.

Quality assurance must be a specific component of the project, to ensure delivery of the expected results and an impact that goes beyond the partner organisations.

Knowledge Alliances should produce publications, such as reports, guidelines, and handbooks and, where possible, make them available as Open Educational Resources. They should make use of existing initiatives, such as Open Education Europa, and should embed digital tools in their working methods.

Knowledge Alliances should foresee participation in thematic clusters and other initiatives to promote the sharing of best practices. They should also budget for the costs of presenting their project and results at the University Business Forum.

What is the aim?

Strategic Partnerships are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences in the fields of education, training, and youth.

Overall, strategic partnerships aim to address horizontal priorities as well as field specific priorities in the areas of:

  • Higher education
  • Vocational education and training
  • School education
  • Adult education, and
  • Youth.

There are two kinds of Strategic Partnership; those supporting innovation and those supporting the exchange of good practices.

More information on the field-specific priorities is available in the Programme Guide.

What are the opportunities?

Strategic Partnerships provide opportunities for a wide variety of public, private, and non-governmental organisations to implement a broad range of activities including, for example:

  • Strengthening cooperation and networking between organisations,
  • Promoting the development, testing, and implementation of innovative practices,
  • Promoting the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills, and competences,
  • Promoting cooperation between regional authorities to develop new systems for education, training, and youth,
  • Supporting learners with disabilities and special needs and ease their transition to the labour market,
  • Supporting education and training professionals to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in learning,
  • Promoting integration of newly arrived migrants and raising awareness about the refugee crisis in Europe
  • Promoting entrepreneurship and active citizenship among young people.

Strategic Partnerships can be of different sizes and conduct different activities depending on the objective of the project, the organisations involved, the expected impact, and other elements.

Within the scope of the project’s objectives, there are also opportunities for pupils, students, learners, and staff to learn, be trained, or to teach abroad, insofar as these transnational teaching, training and learning activities contribute to the achievement of the project’s objectives.

How does it work?

Participating organisations intending to apply for an opportunity must be based in a Programme Country.

Applications must be led by an organisation established in a Programme Country and must generally involve at least three organisations from different Programme Countries.

Exceptionally, partnerships in the field of school education and youth may involve at least two organisations from different Programme Countries. Partnerships in these fields can also choose to apply for specific formats of «School Exchange Partnerships» and «Transnational Youth Initiatives». A simpler application process and a slightly modified set of rules apply for these special formats.

Applications can include any number of organisations. They may also include organisations from Partner Countries, provided that they bring essential added value to the project.

Higher Education Institutions established in Programme Countries must also hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.

What else should you know?

Strategic Partnerships can have different durations depending on the field:

  • Higher education: between 24 and 36 months
  • Adult education, school education and vocational education and training: between 12 and 36 months
  • Youth: between 6 and 36 months

Grants for projects are generally capped at € 150,000 per year. Grants for the specific format «School Exchange Partnerships» are capped at € 99,000 per year.

ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΗ ΕΝΔΙΑΦΕΡΟΝΤΟΣ

Coordinator of EU programmes: Smaro Boura

Email: smaroboura@gmail.com

Tel: 6974582849

Smaro Boura has extensive experience in grants application and project management of EU funded projects such as Erasmus+, AMIF, and Horizon. She is currently EU Project Coordinator at the Department of Political Sciences and International Relations (PSIR) at the University of the Peloponnese and Research Assistant at the same Department. Smaro has extensive experience in various research projects in socio-cultural and political areas including fieldwork in conflict zones. She has received her B.A. Honours Degree in Journalism from University of Sunderland, her M.A. in Comparative European Social Studies from London Metropolitan University. Furthermore, she holds an M.A. in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe, with a scholarship by the European Commission under the European Neighbourhood Policy framework, where she specialized in South-Eastern Neighborhood. She is currently a PhD candidate at the PSIR Department of the University of Peloponnese, specializing in democracy promotion and human rights in the Arab countries. As a professional she has worked at the European Parliament, consultancies, NGOs and academia.

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