Education, Training & Youth
 

Please note that programme details for the 2021-2027 framework are forthcoming and the information below relates to programmes from the 2014-2020 framework; however, there may currently be open funding calls for this programme.

Click here for open calls / current deadlines.

 

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for the years 2014 to 2020. It provides funding and support for organisations to operate projects consistent with its objectives and which encourage European exchange, co-operation and learning. Funding of almost €170 million has been allocated to Ireland for the duration of the programme. 

 

 All sectors of formal, informal and non-formal education can apply for funding. Structurally, Erasmus+ is divided into three ‘Key Actions’ describing the kind of project activities possible. 

 

Areas covered: 

 

  • Youth and youth workers, including issues such as increasing the quality of youth work and the capacity of youth workers; social inclusion and preventing marginalisation; employability and entrepreneurship; active citizenship, volunteering and democratic participation; support for refugees and migrants and intercultural dialogue; and exchanges of both young people and youth workers.  

  • Adult education and training including issues such as improving quality learning for low-skilled adults, particularly literacy, numeracy and digital skills; the validation of skills acquired through non-formal learning; and implementing innovative ICT approaches into adult education.  

  • Professional development of staff, capacity building, and training. 

  • Sport projects to promote sport integrity, good governance in sport, social inclusion, equal opportunities, and health-enhancing physical activity. 

Want to find out more? 

See the Erasmus+ website or contact Léargas, the National Agency in Ireland for the programme. Léargas have produced this very handy guide to getting started with Erasmus+. 

Current Funding

Erasmus+: Alliances for Education and Enterprises


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.   Alliances for Education and Enterprises aim to foster innovation in higher education, vocational education and training, enterprises and the broader socio-economic environment. Deadline: 7 September 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview Alliances for Education and Enterprises are transnational, structured and result-driven projects, in which partners share common goals and work together to foster innovation, new skills, a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mind-sets. They aim to foster innovation in higher education, vocational education and training, enterprises and the broader socio-economic environment. This includes confronting societal and economic challenges such as climate change, changing demographics, digitalisation, artificial intelligence and rapid employment changes through social innovation and community resilience, as well as labour market innovation. Alliances for Education and Enterprises bring together enterprises and both higher education and vocational training providers to work together in partnership. Operating within one economic sector or several different economic sectors, they create reliable and sustainable relations and demonstrate their innovative and transnational character in all aspects. While each partnership must include at least one VET and one higher education organisation, they can address either both or one of these educational fields. They intend to achieve one or more of the following aims:

  • Fostering new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning: fostering innovation in education design and delivery, teaching methods, assessment techniques, learning environments and/or developing new skills
  • Fostering corporate social responsibility (e.g. equity, inclusion, climate change, environmental protection and sustainable development);
  • Stimulating a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial attitudes, mind-sets and skills in learners, educational staff and other workers, in line with the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp)
  • Improving the quality and relevance of skills developed and certified through education and training systems (including new skills and tackling skills mismatches);
  • Facilitating the flow and co-creation of knowledge between higher education and vocational education and training, research, the public sector and the business sector;
  • Building and supporting effective and efficient higher education and vocational education and training systems, which are connected and inclusive, and contribute to innovation.
Eligibility & Programme Detail Who Can Submit an Application? Any full partner legally established in a Programme Country can be the applicant (see section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide ). This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project. What types of organisations are eligible to participate in the project? The following organisations can be involved as full partner, affiliated entity or associated partner. They can be public or private organisations legally established in a Programme Country or in any Partner Country).  
  • Higher education institutions  
  • VET providers  
  • Networks of VET providers  
  • Small and medium-sized or large enterprises (including social enterprises)  
  • Research institutes  
  • Non-governmental organisations  
  • Public bodies at local, regional or national level  
  • Organisations active in education, training and youth  
  • Intermediaries that represent education, training or youth organisations or enterprise 
  • Accreditation, certification, recognition or qualification bodies  
  • Chambers of commerce, industry or labour, chambers of skilled crafts  
  • European or national social partners  
  • Hospitals or other care institutions, including long-term care  
  • Authorities responsible for education, training or employment at regional or national level  
  • Employment services  
  • National statistics offices  
  • Economic development agencies  
  • Sectoral or professional associations  
  • Sector skills councils  
  • Bodies providing career guidance, professional counselling, information services and employment services 
Note: Higher education institutions established in a Programme Country must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries.  Number and Profile of Participating Organisations Alliances for Education and Enterprises must cover at least 4 Programme countries, involving a minimum of 8 full partners. The partnership must include at least 3 labour market actors (enterprises or companies, or representative intermediary organisations, such as chambers, trade unions or trade associations) and at least 3 education and training providers (VET and/or HEIs), as full partners. There should be at least one HE institution and one VET provider involved as full partner in each proposal. Activities Activities supported include:
  • Boosting innovation
  • Developing a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mind-sets, competences and skills
  • Stimulating the flow and exchange of knowledge between higher education, VET, enterprises and research
  • Identifying resilience-related, market needs and emerging professions
Project Duration 2 or 3 years. The duration has to be chosen at application stage, based on the objective of the project and on the type of activities planned over time. Budget This action follows a lump sum funding model. The amount of the single lump sum contribution will be determined for each grant based on the estimated budget of the action proposed by the applicant. The granting authority will fix the lump sum of each grant based on the proposal, evaluation result, funding rates and the maximum grant amount set in the call. The maximum EU grant per project is:
  • 1 million euros (2 years project)
  • 1,5 million euros (3 years project)
Application Details Full application details and application link:   Erasmus Plus Programme Guide Application Link




Erasmus+: Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (Implementing the Blueprint)


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.   Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (Implementing the Blueprint) aim to create new strategic approaches and cooperation for concrete skills development solutions – both in the short and the medium term – in given economic sectors, or in areas implementing the Pact for Skills. Deadline: 7 September 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (Implementing the Blueprint) aim to create new strategic approaches and cooperation for concrete skills development solutions – both in the short and the medium term – in given economic sectors, or in areas implementing the Pact for Skills. The Pact for Skills is a major action of the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness, and resilience. Its main objective is to mobilise and incentivize all relevant stakeholders to take concrete actions for the upskilling and reskilling of the workforce, by pooling efforts and setting up partnerships. Therefore, the deliverables of Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills, i.e. sectoral skills intelligence, skills strategies, occupational profiles, training programmes, and long-term planning, will be an important contribution to the work of the sectoral partnerships that have joined the Pact for Skills. The Pact for Skills builds on and absorbs the Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills. Therefore, Alliances under Lot 2 will support the implementation of the Pact by developing a sectoral skills strategy. This strategy has to lead to systemic and structural impact on reducing skills shortages, gaps and mismatches, as well as ensuring appropriate quality and levels of skills. The sectoral skills strategy must include a clear set of activities, milestones and well-defined objectives with the goal to match demand and supply of skills to support the overall sector-specific growth strategy. The Alliances aim to build the base for the Pact for Skills and define the pathway that should be continued after the project is finalised. Drawing on evidence regarding skills needs with regard to occupational profiles, Blueprint Alliances support the design and delivery of transnational education & training content, as well as teaching and training methodologies, for quick take-up at regional and local level and for new occupations that are emerging. The Pact for Skills builds on and absorbs the Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills. Therefore, Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills will support the implementation of the Pact by developing a sectoral skills strategy. This strategy has to lead to systemic and structural impact on reducing skills shortages, gaps and mismatches, as well as ensuring appropriate quality and levels of skills. The sectoral skills strategy must include a clear set of activities, milestones and well-defined objectives with the goal to match demand and supply of skills to support the overall sector-specific growth strategy. The Alliances aim to build the base for the Pact for Skills and define the pathway that should be continued after the project is finalised. Drawing on evidence regarding skills needs for various occupational profiles, Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills support the design and delivery of transnational education & training content, as well as teaching and training methodologies, for quick take-up at regional and local level and for new occupations that are emerging. Eligibility & Programme Detail Who Can Submit an Application? Any full partner legally established in a Programme Country can be the applicant (see section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide ). This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project. What Types of Organisations Are Eligible to Participate in the Project? The following organisations can be involved as full partner, affiliated entity or associated partner. They can be public or private organisations legally established in a Programme Country or in any Partner Country).  

  • Higher education institutions  
  • VET providers  
  • Networks of VET providers  
  • Small and medium-sized or large enterprises (including social enterprises)  
  • Research institutes  
  • Non-governmental organisations  
  • Public bodies at local, regional or national level  
  • Organisations active in education, training and youth  
  • Intermediaries that represent education, training or youth organisations or enterprise 
  • Accreditation, certification, recognition or qualification bodies  
  • Chambers of commerce, industry or labour, chambers of skilled crafts  
  • European or national social partners  
  • Hospitals or other care institutions, including long-term care  
  • Authorities responsible for education, training or employment at regional or national level  
  • Employment services  
  • National statistics offices  
  • Economic development agencies  
  • Sectoral or professional associations  
  • Sector skills councils  
  • Bodies providing career guidance, professional counselling, information services and employment services 
Note: Higher education institutions established in a Programme Country must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries.  Number and Profile of Participating Organisations Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills must cover at least 8 Programme countries and involve at least 12 full partners. The partnership must include at least 5 labour market actors (enterprises or companies, or representative intermediary organisations, such as chambers, trade unions or trade associations) and at least 5 education and training providers (VET and/or HEIs) as full partners. There should be at least one HE institution and one VET provider involved as full partner in each proposal. Activities Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills seek to tackle skills gaps on the labour market that hamper growth, innovation and competitiveness in specific sectors or areas, aiming both at short term interventions and long term strategies. These Alliances will be implemented in the 14 industrial ecosystems identified in the New Industrial Strategy for Europe (see page 232 of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for list of industrial ecosystems). Alliances have to choose for their proposal the single industrial ecosystem which their project will address. Only one proposal per industrial ecosystem can be selected for funding. A proposal may concern an ecosystem that is not covered by an on-going Blueprint project or an ecosystem that already has an on-going Blueprint project. In the latter case, the proposal must address fields and areas that are clearly different from those addressed by the on-going Blueprint project/s. The following activities must be implemented:
  • Developing a strategic approach to sectoral cooperation on skills
  • Designing European sector-wide agreed ‘core’ curricula and training programmes
  • Delivering the ‘core’ curricula and training programmes
  • Designing a long term action plan for the progressive roll-out of project deliverables after the project has finished
Project Duration 4 years. Budget This action follows a lump sum funding model. The amount of the single lump sum contribution will be determined for each grant based on the estimated budget of the action proposed by the applicant. The granting authority will fix the lump sum of each grant based on the proposal, evaluation result, funding rates and the maximum grant amount set in the call. The maximum EU grant per project is 4 million euros (4 years project). Only one proposal per industrial ecosystem can be selected for funding. At equal quality, a proposal covering an ecosystem that is not at all covered by an ongoing Blueprint Alliance will be assessed as more relevant. Application Details Full application details and application link:   Erasmus Plus Programme Guide Application Link




Erasmus+: Centres of Vocational Excellence


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.   This action supports the gradual establishment and development of European platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, contributing to regional development, innovation, and smart specialisation strategies as well as to international collaborative platforms. Deadline: 7 September 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview The initiative on Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) defines a bottom-up approach to excellence where institutions for vocational education and training (VET) are capable of rapidly adapting skills provision to evolving economic and social needs. It aims to foster transnational collaborative platforms, which would be difficult for isolated member states to establish in the absence of EU incentives, technical support, and mutual learning opportunities. Centres of Vocational Excellence will operate at two levels: 1. At national level in a given local context, by embedding CoVEs closely in the local innovation ecosystems, and connecting them at European level. 2. At transnational level through platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence to establish world-class reference points for vocational training by bringing together CoVEs that share:

  • a common interest in specific sectors (e.g. aeronautics, e-mobility, green and circular technologies, ICT, healthcare, etc.) or
  • innovative approaches to tackle societal challenges (e.g. climate change, resource depletion and scarcity, digitalisation, artificial intelligence, Sustainable Development Goals, integration of migrants, upskilling people with low qualification levels, etc.).
The platforms aim for "upward convergence" of VET excellence. They will be open for the involvement of countries with well-developed vocational excellence systems, as well as those in the process of developing similar approaches, aimed at exploring the full potential of VET institutions to play a proactive role in support of growth and innovation. Eligibility & Programme Detail Who Can Submit an Application? Any organisation legally established in a Programme Country can be the applicant (see section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of the   Erasmus+ Programme Guide). This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project. CoVEs are intended for organisations providing vocational education and training, at any EQF level from 3 to 8, including the upper-secondary level, the post-secondary non-tertiary level as well as the tertiary level (e.g. Universities of applied sciences, Polytechnic institutes, etc.). However, applications cannot include only activities that target learners at tertiary level; applications that focus on VET at tertiary level (EQF levels 6 to 8) must include at least one other VET qualification level between EQF levels 3 to 5, as well as a strong work-based learning component. What Types of Organisations Are Eligible to Participate in the Project? Any public or private organisation active in the field of vocational education and training, or in the world of work and legally established in a Programme country or in any Partner Country can be involved as full partner, affiliated entity or associated partner. For example, such organisations can be:
  • VET providers
  • Companies, industry or sector representative organisations
  • National/regional qualification authorities
  • Research institutes
  • Innovation agencies
  • Regional development authorities

Number and Profile of Participating Organisations The partnership must include at least 8 full partners from a minimum of 4 Erasmus+ Programme countries (including at least 2 EU Member States) involving: a) at least 1 enterprise, industry or sector representative organisation, and b) at least 1 vocational education and training provider (at secondary and/or tertiary level). Further composition of the partnership should reflect the specific nature of the proposal. Activities Centres of Vocational Excellence are characterized by adopting a systemic approach. They are expected to go far beyond the simple provision of a quality vocational qualification. Features that characterise transnational cooperation platforms include a set of various activities grouped under the three clusters mentioned below: 1. Teaching and learning – including providing people with skills relevant to the labour market, in a lifelong learning continuum approach; developing innovative learner-centred teaching and learning methodologies including distance learning resources developing modular and learner-centred transnational VET learning provision (curricula and/or qualifications) thus facilitating the mobility (including virtual mobility) of learners and staff, as well as the recognition at regional and/or national levels. 2. Cooperation and partnerships – including contributing to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge in partnership with other stakeholders; and establishing business-education partnerships for apprenticeships, internships, sharing of equipment, including resources for distance learning, exchanges of staff and teachers between companies and VET centres, etc. 3. Governance and funding – including ensuring effective governance at all levels involving relevant stakeholders; and making full use of EU financial instruments and funds. The project must include relevant deliverables linked to:
  • at least 3 of the activities listed in the Application Form under Cluster 1 - Teaching and learning,
  • at least 3 of the activities listed in the Application Form under Cluster 2 - Cooperation and partnership, and
  • at least 2 of the activities listed in the Application Form under Cluster 3 - Governance and funding.
The applicant can include activities that are not listed under the three clusters above. These must demonstrate that they are particularly appropriate to meet the objectives of the call and identified needs, and must be considered and presented as part of a coherent set of activities. Project Duration 4 years. Budget This action follows a lump sum funding model. The amount of the single lump sum contribution will be determined for each grant based on the estimated budget of the action proposed by the applicant. The granting authority will fix the lump sum of each grant based on the proposal, evaluation result, funding rates and the maximum grant amount set in the call. The maximum EU grant per project is 4 million euros. Application Details Full application details and application link:   Erasmus Plus Programme Guide Application Link




Erasmus+: #BeInclusive Breaking Barriers Sport Award


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport and the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of sport organisations working with refugees, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and with youth and other groups with fewer opportunities. This call rewards projects that show resilience, giving examples of how to overcome obstacles to participation. Deadline: 21 October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Overview

The new Erasmus+ programme integrates diversity and inclusion as a horizontal priority and a dedicated framework of inclusion measures will be developed. Moreover, combating violence, racism, discrimination and intolerance remains a specific priority in sport. The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards emphasizes exemplary initiatives from the sport field as part of the implementation of the new Erasmus+ framework of inclusion measures, and fosters the links between sport and other sectors.

The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards 2021 aim to reward the best projects that have successfully supported social inclusion through sport. Projects can include disadvantaged, marginalized or underprivileged groups such as individuals with difficult social, economic or educational backgrounds, people with a disability, health problems, or cultural differences such as migrants, refugees, people belonging to ethnic minorities or suffering geographical barriers, etc. Besides rewarding specific organisations, the award of prizes will also give visibility and support the dissemination of innovative ideas, initiatives and best practices throughout Europe.

Activities that can be funded

The #BeInclusive Breaking Barriers Sport Award will reward projects that show resilience, giving examples of how to overcome obstacles to participation.

Activities must comply with the highest ethical standards and the applicable EU, international and national law on ethical principles. Moreover, they must respect basic EU values (such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of minorities).

Eligibility This competition is open to any organisation or public authority (individuals are not eligible) which has successfully developed a sport project aimed at social inclusion, carried out in the EU Member States or third countries associated to the programme. The projects will not necessarily be transnational projects nor will necessarily be EU-supported. Funding The winner and the finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will be awarded to inspire other organisations and individuals around Europe. They will all be announced and showcased at the award ceremony and will receive their prizes. The winner will receive EUR 10 000 and the two finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will receive EUR 2 500 each. The prize money will be paid to the prize winners after the award ceremony, provided all the requested documents have been submitted. In case of a group of winners, the payment will be made to the lead applicant. Application Details Full application details and application link:   #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards Rules of Contest Application Link




Erasmus+: #BeInclusive Celebrating Diversity Sport Award


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport and the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of sport organisations working with refugees, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and with youth and other groups with fewer opportunities. This call rewards projects that show tolerance, giving positive examples of different people and groups working together or emphasizing the benefits of understanding each other. Deadline: 21 October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Overview

The new Erasmus+ programme integrates diversity and inclusion as a horizontal priority and a dedicated framework of inclusion measures will be developed. Moreover, combating violence, racism, discrimination and intolerance remains a specific priority in sport. The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards emphasizes exemplary initiatives from the sport field as part of the implementation of the new Erasmus+ framework of inclusion measures, and fosters the links between sport and other sectors.

The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards 2021 aim to reward the best projects that have successfully supported social inclusion through sport. Projects can include disadvantaged, marginalized or underprivileged groups such as individuals with difficult social, economic or educational backgrounds, people with a disability, health problems, or cultural differences such as migrants, refugees, people belonging to ethnic minorities or suffering geographical barriers, etc. Besides rewarding specific organisations, the award of prizes will also give visibility and support the dissemination of innovative ideas, initiatives and best practices throughout Europe.

Activities that can be funded

The #BeInclusive Celebrating Diversity Sport Award rewards projects that show tolerance, giving positive examples of different people and groups working together or emphasizing the benefits of understanding each other.

Activities must comply with the highest ethical standards and the applicable EU, international and national law on ethical principles. Moreover, they must respect basic EU values (such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of minorities).

Eligibility This competition is open to any organisation or public authority (individuals are not eligible) which has successfully developed a sport project aimed at social inclusion, carried out in the EU Member States or third countries associated to the programme. The projects will not necessarily be transnational projects nor will necessarily be EU-supported. Funding The winner and the finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will be awarded to inspire other organisations and individuals around Europe. They will all be announced and showcased at the award ceremony and will receive their prizes. The winner will receive EUR 10 000 and the two finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will receive EUR 2 500 each. The prize money will be paid to the prize winners after the award ceremony, provided all the requested documents have been submitted. In case of a group of winners, the payment will be made to the lead applicant. Application Details Full application details and application link:   #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards Rules of Contest Application Link




Erasmus+: #BeInclusive Inspiring Change Sport Award


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport and the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of sport organisations working with refugees, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and with youth and other groups with fewer opportunities. This call rewards projects that show inspiration, giving positive examples of empowerment and role models from groups with fewer opportunities that step up and lead change. Deadline: 21 October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Overview

The new Erasmus+ programme integrates diversity and inclusion as a horizontal priority and a dedicated framework of inclusion measures will be developed. Moreover, combating violence, racism, discrimination and intolerance remains a specific priority in sport. The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards emphasizes exemplary initiatives from the sport field as part of the implementation of the new Erasmus+ framework of inclusion measures, and fosters the links between sport and other sectors.

The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards 2021 aim to reward the best projects that have successfully supported social inclusion through sport. Projects can include disadvantaged, marginalized or underprivileged groups such as individuals with difficult social, economic or educational backgrounds, people with a disability, health problems, or cultural differences such as migrants, refugees, people belonging to ethnic minorities or suffering geographical barriers, etc. Besides rewarding specific organisations, the award of prizes will also give visibility and support the dissemination of innovative ideas, initiatives and best practices throughout Europe.

Activities that can be funded

The #BeInclusive Inspiring Change Sport Award will reward projects that show inspiration, giving positive examples of empowerment and role models from groups with fewer opportunities that step up and lead change.

Activities must comply with the highest ethical standards and the applicable EU, international and national law on ethical principles. Moreover, they must respect basic EU values (such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of minorities).

Eligibility This competition is open to any organisation or public authority (individuals are not eligible) which has successfully developed a sport project aimed at social inclusion, carried out in the EU Member States or third countries associated to the programme. The projects will not necessarily be transnational projects nor will necessarily be EU-supported. Funding The winner and the finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will be awarded to inspire other organisations and individuals around Europe. They will all be announced and showcased at the award ceremony and will receive their prizes. The winner will receive EUR 10 000 and the two finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will receive EUR 2 500 each. The prize money will be paid to the prize winners after the award ceremony, provided all the requested documents have been submitted. In case of a group of winners, the payment will be made to the lead applicant. Application Details Full application details and application link:   #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards Rules of Contest Application Link