Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027. Read more about ERASMUS+ here.
This call aims to foster innovation in higher education, vocational education and training, enterprises and the broader socio-economic environment.
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.
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
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. See section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
- 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.
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.
The maximum EU grant per project is:
- 1 million euros (2 years project)
- 1,5 million euros (3 years project)
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.
For application assistance, please contact: EACEA-EPLUS-ALLIANCES@ec.europa.eu