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.

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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+: Accreditation for higher education mobility consortia


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.   Successful applicants for a higher education mobility consortium accreditation will gain access to funding opportunities in the Key Action 1 for mobility of higher education students and staff. Deadline: 18 May 2021, 12:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview An organisation from a Programme Country, applying on behalf of a mobility consortium for an Erasmus+ grant, must hold a valid higher education mobility consortium accreditation. This accreditation is awarded by the same National Agency that assesses the request of funding for a higher education mobility project. The requests for accreditation and for grants for mobility projects grant can be made during the same call. However, the grant for mobility projects will be awarded only to those HEIs and organisations that are successful at the end of the accreditation process. Eligibility & Programme Detail Eligible Participating Organisations A mobility consortium in higher education can be composed of the following participating organisations:

  • higher education institutions holding a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education;
  • any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth.
Each participating organisation must be established in the same Programme Country Who Can Apply? Any eligible participating organisation can act as coordinator and apply on behalf of all the organisations involved in the consortium. Number of Participating Organisations A mobility consortium must comprise a minimum of three eligible participating organisations, including two sending HEIs. All member organisations of the mobility consortium must be identified at the time of applying for the consortium accreditation. Duration of the Consortium Accreditation The whole programme period. Budget See page 57 of the Erasmus Plus Programme Guide. Application Details Full application details and application link:   Erasmus Plus Programme Guide Application Link For application assistance, contact the Irish Higher Education Authority at erasmus@hea.ie.   Note: Applicants have to submit their accreditation application by 11 May 2021 at 12:00:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting on 1 September of the same year or later years.




Erasmus+: Accredited projects for mobility of learners and staff in adult education


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.   This action supports adult education providers and other organisations active in the field of adult education that want to organise learning mobility activities for adult education staff. Applicant organisations must hold a valid Erasmus accreditation in the field of adult education. Deadline: 18 May 2021, 12:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview This action supports adult education providers and other organisations active in the field of adult education that want to organise learning mobility activities for adult learners and education staff. A wide range of activities are supported, including job shadowing and professional development courses for staff, individual and group mobility of adult learners with fewer opportunities (in particular low-skilled adult learners), invited experts, and other activities as explained below. The participating organisations should actively promote inclusion and diversity, environmental sustainability and digital education through their activities. They should do so by using the specific funding opportunities provided by the Programme for these purposes, by raising awareness among their participants, by sharing best practices, and by choosing appropriate design for their activities. Accredited projects for mobility of learners and staff are open only to organisations holding an Erasmus accreditation in the field of adult education. This special funding strand allows accredited organisations to regularly receive funding for mobility activities that contribute to the gradual implementation of their Erasmus Plan. Erasmus accreditations are open to all organisations that want to organise mobility activities on a regular basis. Previous experience in the Programme is not required to apply. To find out more about this opportunity, please read the chapter in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide on Erasmus accreditation in the fields of adult education, vocational education and training, and school education. Eligibility & Programme Detail Who Can Apply? Organisations holding a valid Erasmus accreditation in adult education are eligible to apply. Mobility Consortium Organisations holding an Erasmus accreditation for mobility consortium coordinators must apply for the mobility consortium format. A list of mobility consortium members must be provided as part of the application and must include at least one member organisation in addition to the coordinator. Any organisation meeting the eligibility criteria for an accredited mobility project can become a member of a mobility consortium. Consortium members are not required to have an Erasmus accreditation. Organisations taking part in a mobility consortium can receive funding from a maximum of two Key Action 1 grant agreements in the field of vocational education and training under the same Call for proposals. Therefore, adult education organisations that receive a grant for a short-term project or an accredited project can additionally take part in only one adult education mobility consortium as member organisations. Other organisations can take part in up to two mobility consortia. Project Duration All accredited projects will have an initial duration of 15 months. After 12 months, all beneficiaries will have the possibility to prolong their project to a total duration of 24 months. Project Start Date 1 September of the same year. Project Scope The number of participants that can be included in accredited projects is not limited, apart from any limitations defined at the budget allocation stage. Activities The applicant organisation is the key actor in a Key Action 1 project. The applicant drafts and submits the application, signs the grant agreement, implements the mobility activities, and reports to their National Agency. The application process for both short-term projects and the Erasmus accreditation focuses on the needs and plans of the applicant organisation. Most types of available activities are outgoing mobility activities. This means that the applicant organisation will act as a sending organisation: it will select participants and send them to a hosting organisation abroad. In addition, there are special types of activities that allow applicant organisations to invite experts, teachers and educators in training to their organisation. The purpose of incoming activities is not to create two-way exchanges, but rather to bring in persons who can help develop and internationalise the applicant organisation. For a detailed list of activities and rules, see section ’Activities’ on page 109 of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. Note: Applications for accredited projects for mobility are based on the previously approved Erasmus Plan, so a detailed list and description of the planned activities is not required at the time of applying for funds. Instead, the applications focus on estimating the budget needed for the next set of activities. Budget The quality of the applicant’s Erasmus Plan has been assessed at the accreditation application stage and therefore no qualitative assessment will take place at budget allocation stage. Any eligible grant application will receive funding. The awarded grant amount will depend on a number of elements:

  • the total budget available for allocation to accredited applicants
  • the requested activities
  • the basic and maximum grant
  • the following allocation criteria: financial performance, qualitative performance, policy priorities, and geographical balance (if applied by the National Agency)
Detailed rules on basic and maximum grant, scoring of the allocation criteria, weighting of each criterion, the allocation method and, the budget available for accredited projects will be published by the National Agency ahead of the call deadline. Application Details Full application details and application link:   Erasmus Plus Programme Guide Application Link For application assistance, please contact Denise Shannon from Léargas at dshannon@leargas.ie.




Erasmus+: Accredited projects for mobility of learners and staff in vocational education and training


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.   This action supports providers of vocational education and training (VET) and other organisations active in the field of VET that want to organise learning mobility activities for VET learners and staff. Applicant organisations must hold a valid Erasmus accreditation in the field of VET. Deadline: 18 May 2021, 12:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview This action supports providers of vocational education and training (VET) and other organisations active in the field of VET that want to organise learning mobility activities for VET learners and staff. A wide range of activities are supported, including job shadowing and professional development courses for staff, traineeships and long-term placements (ErasmusPro), invited experts, and other activities as explained below. The participating organisations should actively promote inclusion and diversity, environmental sustainability and digital education through their activities. They should do so by using the specific funding opportunities provided by the Programme for these purposes, by raising awareness among their participants, by sharing best practices, and by choosing appropriate design for their activities. Accredited projects for mobility of learners and staff are open only to organisations holding an Erasmus accreditation in the field of vocational education and training. This special funding strand allows accredited organisations to regularly receive funding for mobility activities that contribute to the gradual implementation of their Erasmus Plan. Erasmus accreditations are open to all organisations that want to organise mobility activities on a regular basis. Previous experience in the Programme is not required to apply. To find out more about this opportunity, please read the chapter in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide on Erasmus accreditation in the fields of adult education, vocational education and training, and school education. Eligibility & Programme Detail Who Can Apply? Organisations holding a valid Erasmus accreditation in vocational education and training are eligible to apply. Mobility Consortium Organisations holding an Erasmus accreditation for mobility consortium coordinators must apply for the mobility consortium format. A list of mobility consortium members must be provided as part of the application and must include at least one member organisation in addition to the coordinator. Any organisation meeting the eligibility criteria for an accredited mobility project can become a member of a mobility consortium. Consortium members are not required to have an Erasmus accreditation. Organisations taking part in a mobility consortium can receive funding from a maximum of two Key Action 1 grant agreements in the field of vocational education and training under the same Call for proposals. Therefore, VET organisations that receive a grant for a short-term project or an accredited project can additionally take part in only one VET mobility consortium as member organisations. Other organisations can take part in up to two mobility consortia. Project Duration All accredited projects will have an initial duration of 15 months. After 12 months, all beneficiaries will have the possibility to prolong their project to a total duration of 24 months. Project Start Date 1 September of the same year. Project Scope The number of participants that can be included in accredited projects is not limited, apart from any limitations defined at the budget allocation stage. Projects may not allocate more than 20% of the awarded grant to activities with Partner Countries. These opportunities are intended to encourage an organisation in a Programme Country to develop outgoing mobility activities with several Partner Countries and are expected to cover the widest possible geographic scope. Activities The applicant organisation is the key actor in a Key Action 1 project. The applicant drafts and submits the application, signs the grant agreement, implements the mobility activities, and reports to their National Agency. The application process for both short-term projects and the Erasmus accreditation focuses on the needs and plans of the applicant organisation. Most types of available activities are outgoing mobility activities. This means that the applicant organisation will act as a sending organisation: it will select participants and send them to a hosting organisation abroad. In addition, there are special types of activities that allow applicant organisations to invite experts, teachers and educators in training to their organisation. The purpose of incoming activities is not to create two-way exchanges, but rather to bring in persons who can help develop and internationalise the applicant organisation. For a detailed list of activities and rules, see section ’Activities’ on page 80 of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. Note: Applications for accredited projects for mobility are based on the previously approved Erasmus Plan, so a detailed list and description of the planned activities is not required at the time of applying for funds. Instead, the applications focus on estimating the budget needed for the next set of activities. Budget The quality of the applicant’s Erasmus Plan has been assessed at the accreditation application stage and therefore no qualitative assessment will take place at budget allocation stage. Any eligible grant application will receive funding. The awarded grant amount will depend on a number of elements:

  • the total budget available for allocation to accredited applicants
  • the requested activities
  • the basic and maximum grant
  • the following allocation criteria: financial performance, qualitative performance, policy priorities, and geographical balance (if applied by the National Agency)
Detailed rules on basic and maximum grant, scoring of the allocation criteria, weighting of each criterion, the allocation method and, the budget available for accredited projects will be published by the National Agency ahead of the call deadline. Application Details Full application details and application link:   Erasmus Plus Programme Guide Application Link For application assistance, please contact Siobhan Wallace from Léargas at swallace@leargas.ie.




Erasmus+: Accreditation in the Field of Youth


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.   This action supports organisations to carry out learning mobility activities in the field of youth. Applicant organisations must hold a valid Erasmus Youth Accreditation. Deadline: 11 May 2021, 12:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview Erasmus accreditations are a tool for organisations that want to open up to cross-border exchange and cooperation, foster youth participation and support capacity building of youth workers and youth work organisations through learning mobility activities. The Erasmus Youth accreditation facilitates youth learning mobility by providing accredited organisations with a simplified and flexible alternative format for implementing activities. In the field of youth, the Erasmus accreditation aims to:

  • Strengthen personal and professional development of young people through non-formal and informal learning mobility activities;
  • Foster the empowerment of young people, their active citizenship and participation in democratic life;
  • Foster quality development of youth work at local, regional, national, European and international level by building capacity of organisations active in the youth field and supporting the educational and professional development of youth workers;
  • Promote inclusion and diversity, intercultural dialogue, European cooperation and the values of solidarity, equal opportunities and human rights among young people in Europe.
Applicant organisations will be required to lay down their longer-term objectives and plan in terms of activities to be supported with Erasmus+ funds, expected benefits as well as their approach to project management. The award of the Erasmus Youth accreditation confirms that the applicant has appropriate and effective processes and measures in place to implement high quality learning mobility activities as planned and use them to benefit the youth field. Eligibility & Programme Detail How Does Accreditation Work? What Are the Benefits? Organisations can apply for an accreditation in the field of youth on a continuous basis. Successful applicants for Erasmus Youth accreditation will gain simplified access to Key Action 1 opportunities in the field of youth as presented in the relevant sections of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. Erasmus accreditation is awarded for the period from 2021 to 2027, subject to regular monitoring and continued compliance with the accreditation’s requirements and instructions issued by the supervising National Agency. Accredited organisations can apply for funding (grant request) for youth mobility activities in a simplified way. Applications are based on the previously approved accreditation plan, so a detailed list and description of the planned activities is not required. Instead, the applications focus on estimating the number of activities to be implemented and number of participants involved. How Do Organisations Access Mobility Opportunities with an Erasmus Accreditation? The mobility activities to be implemented under this Action must follow the rules and principles laid down for each activity type in the respective sections of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. Accredited organisations commit themselves to comply with the Erasmus Youth Quality standards and deliver high quality mobility activities in the field of youth. Accredited Youth organisations are not eligible for funding under the standard Youth Exchanges and Mobility projects for youth workers. They can however take the role of partner in those projects. Exceptionally for 2021, organisations which were awarded the accreditation after the deadline for the grant request are eligible for funding under the 2nd deadline for standard Youth Exchanges and Mobility projects for youth workers. Eligible Applicants Organisation holding a valid Erasmus Youth accreditation at the application deadline. Eligible Activities with Accreditation The following types of projects can be completed with Erasmus+ Accreditation:
  • Youth Exchanges
  • Youth Workers professional development activities
Additionally, the following activities can be implemented:
  • Preparatory visits
Description and eligibility criteria for each of these activities are defined under the relevant sections of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. Project Duration All accredited projects will have an initial duration of 15 months. After 12 months, all beneficiaries will have the possibility to prolong their project to a total duration of 24 months. Budget The awarded grant amount will depend on a number of elements:
  • the total budget available for allocation to accredited applicants
  • the requested activities
  • the minimum and maximum grant
  • the following allocation criteria: financial performance, qualitative performance, policy priorities and thematic areas addressed by the activities applied for, and geographical balance (if applied by the National Agency)
Detailed rules on basic and maximum grant, scoring of the allocation criteria, weighting of each criterion, the allocation method, and the budget available for accredited projects will be published by the National Agency ahead of the call deadline. Application Details Full application details and application link:   Erasmus Plus Programme Guide Application Link For application assistance, please contact Denise Shannon from Léargas at dshannon@leargas.ie.




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+: Capacity Building in the Field of Youth


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.   The Capacity Building in the Field of Youth call aims to support the international cooperation and policy dialogue in the field of youth and non-formal learning, as a driver of sustainable socio-economic development and well-being of youth organisations and young people. Deadline: 1 July 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview Capacity-building projects are international cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth in Programme and Partner countries. The action will aim to:

  • raise the capacity of organisations working with young people outside formal learning;
  • promote non-formal learning activities in Partner countries, especially targeting young people with fewer opportunities, with a view to improving the level of competences while ensuring the active participation of young people in society;
  • support the development of youth work in Partner countries, improving its quality and recognition;
  • foster the development, testing and launching of schemes and programmes of non-formal learning mobility in Partner countries;
  • contribute to the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy (2019-2027) including the 11 European Youth goals;
  • foster cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives;
  • enhance synergies and complementarities with formal education systems and/or the labour market.
Proposals should focus on one or more of the following thematic areas:
  • political participation and dialogue with decision-makers;
  • inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities;
  • democracy, rule of law and values;
  • empowerment / engagement / employability of young people;
  • peace and post-conflict reconciliation;
  • environment and climate;
  • anti-discrimination and gender equality;
  • digital and entrepreneurial skills.
Eligibility & Programme Detail Who Can Submit an Application? The following organisations can be involved as co-ordinator:
  • NGOs (including European Youth NGOs and national Youth Councils) working in the field of Youth;
  • Public authorities at local, regional or national level
The organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project and must be legally established and located in an Erasmus+ Programme country (see section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of the  Erasmus+ Programme Guide ). What Types of Organisations Are Eligible to Participate in the Project? Any organisation, public or private, with its affiliated entities (if any), working with or for young people outside formal settings established in an Erasmus+ Programme or Partner country. Such organisations can, for example, be:
  • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO (including European Youth NGOs);
  • a national Youth Council;
  • a public authority at local, regional or national level;
  • an education or research institution;
  • a foundation;
Public or private companies (small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises) may be included. Therefore, whereas this action is primarily targeting associations, NGOs and more generally non-for-profit organisations, for-profit organisations can be involved if a clear added value is demonstrated for the project. However, in a capacity building objective, coordination tasks must be limited to non-for-profit organisations. Number and Profile of Participating Organisations Capacity-building projects are transnational and involve minimum 2 organisation from 2 different Programme countries and 2 organisations from at least 1 eligible Partner country (i.e. at least 4 organisations from minimum 3 countries). The number of organisations from Programme countries may not be higher than the number of organisations from Partner countries. Activities The activities proposed must be directly linked to the general and specific objectives of the action and they must be detailed in a project description covering the entire implementation period. Finally, in the context of this international worldwide action, project activities must focus on building and strengthening the capacities of youth organisations and young people principally in the partner countries covered by the action. Examples of activities include:
  • the development of tools and methods for the socio-professional development of youth workers and trainers;
  • the development of non-formal learning methods, especially those promoting the acquisition/improvement of competences, including media literacy skills;
  • the development of new forms of practical training schemes and simulation of real life cases in society;
  • the development of new forms of youth work, notably strategic use of open and flexible learning, virtual cooperation, open educational resources (OER) and better exploitation of the ICT potential;
  • the organisation of events/seminars/workshops/exchange of good practice for cooperation, networking, awareness raising and peer-learning purposes
  • the organisation of mobility activities for young people and/or youth workers in order to test tools and methods developed by the partnership. Please note that mobility activities must be secondary to the main objectives of the action, and must be instrumental to and underpin the achievement of these objectives
Venue of the Activities The activity must take place in the countries of the organisations participating in the activity except in duly justified cases related to the objectives of the action. In addition, if duly justified in relation to the objectives or implementation of the project:
  • Activities can also take place at the seat of an Institution of the European Union, even if in the project there are no participating organisations from the country that hosts the Institution.
  • Activities involving sharing and promotion of results can also take place at relevant thematic transnational events/conferences in Programme or Partner Countries.
Project Duration One, two, or three years. The duration must be chosen at application stage, based on the objective of the project and on the type of activities foreseen 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 EU grant per project will vary from a minimum of €100,000 and a maximum of €300,000. 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+: Cooperation Partnerships in Adult Education


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.   The Cooperation Partnership action enables participating organisations to gain experience in international cooperation and to strengthen their capacities, but also to produce high-quality innovative deliverables. Deadline: 20 May 2021, 12:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview The primary goal of Cooperation Partnerships is to allow organisations to increase the quality and relevance of their activities, to develop and reinforce their networks of partners, to increase their capacity to operate jointly at transnational level, boosting internationalisation of their activities and through exchanging or developing new practices and methods as well as sharing and confronting ideas. They aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level. Results should be re-usable, transferable, up-scalable and, if possible, have a strong transdisciplinary dimension. Selected projects will be expected to share the results of their activities at local, regional, national level and transnational level. In addition, Cooperation Partnerships should aim to:

  • Increase quality in the work and practices of the organisations and institutions involved, opening up to new actors not naturally included within one sector
  • Build capacity of organisations to work transnationally and across sectors
  • Address common needs and priorities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport
  • Enable transformation and change (at individual, organisational or sectoral level), leading to improvements, in proportion to the context of each organisation.
Eligibility & Programme Detail Priorities Cooperation Partnerships in Adult Education must address either an Erasmus+ programme horizontal priority or a field-specific priority: Horizontal Priorities:
  • Inclusion and diversity in all fields of education, training, youth and sport
  • Environment and fight against climate change
  • Addressing digital transformation through development of digital readiness, resilience and capacity
  • Common values, civic engagement and participation
Adult Education Priorities
  • Improving the availability of high quality learning opportunities for adults
  • Creating upskilling pathways, improving accessibility and increasing take-up of adult education
  • Improving the competences of educators and other adult education staff
  • Enhancing quality assurance in adult education
  • Developing forward-looking learning centres
  • Promoting Erasmus+ among all citizens and generations
Who Can Submit an Application? Any public or private organisation 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. Project applicants must be a legal entity – no sole traders. What Types of Organisations Are Eligible to Participate in the Project? Any public or private organisation, established in a Programme Country or in any Partner Country of the world can participate in a Cooperation Partnership. Organisations established in Programme Countries can either participate as the coordinator of the project or as a partner organisation. Organisations in Partner Countries cannot participate as project coordinators. In addition to the organisations formally participating in the project (the coordinator and partner organisations), Cooperation Partnerships may also involve other partners from the public or private sector that contribute to the implementation of specific project tasks/activities or support the promotion and sustainability of the project. Within an Erasmus+ project, these partners will be called “associated partners”. For eligibility and contractual management aspects they are not considered to be project partners, and they do not receive any funding from the Programme as part of the project. However, in order to understand their role within the partnership and have a global picture about the proposal, their involvement in the project and in the different activities needs to be clearly described in the project proposal.

Number of Participating Organisations Minimum three organisations from three different Programme Countries. There is no maximum number of participating organisations in one partnership. However, for Cooperation partnership proposals in the field of education training and youth managed at decentralised level by the Erasmus+ National Agencies, which are based on a unit-cost funding model, the budget for project management and implementation is capped (and equivalent to 10 participating organisations). Activities Over the lifetime of a project, organisations may typically carry out a broad range of activities. Organisations have the flexibility to choose the best combination that contributes to reaching the project’s objectives in relation to its scope and in proportion to the capacities of the partnership. Activities can include:
  • Project management: activities that are necessary to ensure the adequate planning, implementation and follow-up of the projects, including smooth and efficient collaboration between project partners. In this phase, activities typically include organisational and administrative tasks, virtual meetings among partners, preparation of communication materials, preparation and follow-up of participants taking part in activities, etc.
  • Implementation activities: can include networking events, meetings, working sessions to exchange practices and to develop results. These activities may also involve the participation of staff and learners (provided that their participation contributes to the achievement of project objectives).
  • Sharing and promotion activities: organisation of conferences, sessions, events aimed at sharing, explaining and promoting the results of the project, whether they are in the form of tangible results, conclusions, good practices or any other form.

Venue of Activities

All activities must take part in the countries of those organisations participating in the project, either as full or as associated partners. In addition, if duly justified in relation to the objectives or implementation of the project:
  • Activities can also take place at the seat of an Institution of the European Union, even if in the project there are no participating organisations from the country that hosts the Institution.
  • Activities involving sharing and promotion of results can also take place at relevant thematic transnational events/conferences in Programme or Partner Countries.
Project Duration Projects can last between 12 and 36 months. The duration of a Cooperation Partnership may be extended, upon justified request by the beneficiary and with the agreement of the National or Executive Agency, provided that the total duration does not exceed 36 months. In such a case, the total grant will not change. Budget The total project grant is a variable amount, with a minimum of €100, 000 and maximum of €400, 000. Application Details Full application details and application link:   Erasmus Plus Programme Guide Application Link