What is Erasmus+ ?

Within the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs and innovation, Erasmus+ is the new European programme for 2014-2020 aiming to tackle social-economic changes as well as support the European agenda for growth, jobs, equity and social inclusion.

This programme is composed of three pillars: education, training, youth and sport. It builds on more than 25 years of European programmes in this field and integrates the following programmes which were implemented within the 2007 – 2013 period: The lifelong programme, including Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig, the Youth in Action Programme as well as 5 international programmes - The Erasmus Mundus Programme, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the programme for cooperation with industrial countries.

The programme’s 7 year budget of 16, 4 billion EUR is distributed in the following way:

  • 77.5% is allocated to the education and training sector
  • 10% for youth
  • 3.5% for loan guarantees
  • 3.4% for National Agencies
  • 5.6% for sport, Jean Monnet and administrative costs

Who can apply?

Any participating organisation established in a Programme Country can be an applicant. This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project.

What types of programmes is Erasmus+ funding?

The Erasmus+ programme is structured around three key actions:

  • Key Action 1 – Mobility of individuals
  • Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
  • Key Action 3 – Support for policy reform

Key Action 2, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, supports:

  • Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth;
  • Knowledge Alliances;
  • Sector Skills Alliances;
  • Capacity Building in the field of higher education;
  • Capacity Building in the field of youth.

and is expected to result in the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organizational, local, regional, national or European levels.

Strategic partnerships

Strategic Partnerships 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.

Strategic Partnerships are open to any type of organisation active in any field of education, training and youth or other socio-economic sectors as well as to organisations carrying out activities that are transversal to different fields (e.g. chambers of commerce, cultural organisations…).

There are two types of partnerships:

  • Strategic partnerships supporting innovation
  • Strategic partnerships supporting the exchange of good practices

The 5 fields in which the strategic partnership can be developed are higher education, vocational Education and Training, school education, adult education and youth

Strategic partnerships are transnational projects, gathering minimum three organisations from minimum three countries with projects lasting between 2 and 3 years, including a demonstration phase.Budget allocation can vary between 300 000 EUR and 450 000 EUR depending on the project’s duration.

Europroject in Erasmus+

Europroject offers 3 steps methodology for project setting-up under Horizon 2020, which maximizes your organisation’s chances of success:

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