Centralised Actions

Centralised funds are run by the European Commission’s Executive Agency in Brussels but the MT NA is still available to guide and provide information to applicants when applying.

Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals

Key Action 1 supports mobility in the education, training and youth sectors and aims to bring long lasting benefits to the participants and the organisations involved.

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages the selection of projects under:

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree 

Organisations wishing to apply for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees in the field of Higher Education are invited to submit applications online to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels

An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) is a high-level integrated international study programme of 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, delivered by an international consortium of HEIs from different countries and, where relevant, other educational and/or non-educational partners with specific expertise and interest in the study areas/professional domains covered by the joint programme. Their specificity lies in the high degree of jointness/integration and the excellent academic content and methodology they offer. There is no limitation in terms of discipline. The list of joint programmes funded under the Erasmus+ programme can be found on the Executive Agency website.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) aim to:

  • Foster quality improvements, innovation, excellence and internationalisation in higher education institutions (HEI);
  • Increase the quality and the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and supporting the EU’s external action in the higher education field, by offering full degree scholarships to the best Master students worldwide;
  • Improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates, and in particular the relevance of the Joint Masters for the labour market, through an increased involvement of employers.

For more information including guidelines, how to apply and Eforms please click here

Erasmus+ Master Loan 

The Erasmus+ Master Loan is to help Masters Students with their living and tuition costs when studying in a country other than where they live or where they took their first degree. The Master’s programme must be followed in a different country from the students’ country of residence, and in a different country from where they took their Bachelor’s degree.
The loans are up to €12,000 for a one-year Master’s programme and up to €18,000 for a two-year Master’s and can cover both living and tuition costs in any of the 33 Erasmus+ programme countries. One can borrow less than the full amount.

Applications must be made directly to the banks (through a local branch), the university or online. The institutions concerned will assess your application and explain all the terms. This is a loan, not a grant, so it must be paid back, but special conditions make the repayment terms easier, including:

  • No need to provide collateral when applying for the loan;
  • An interest rate lower than the market rate;
  • A grace period of up to one year before repayments begin;
  • A further payment holiday of up to one year.

The scheme is managed by the European Investment Fund (EIF), which publishes details of participating banks, student loan agencies, and other organisations. To apply, address yourself to participating national banks, universities or student loan agencies. For more information on the management and availability of the Master Loan please visit the website below:

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/individuals/students/erasmus-plus-master-degree-loans_en

Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices

The actions under KA2 make it possible for organisations from different participating countries to work together, to develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages the selection of projects under:

Knowledge Alliances 

Two types of cooperation projects can be supported under this action:

  • European Universities
  • Knowledge Alliances

European Universities’ have an ambitious mandate to trigger unprecedented levels of institutionalised cooperation making it systemic, structural and sustainable. As such, European Universities aim at achieving the following two objectives:

  • Promoting common European values as enshrined in article 2 of the Treaty on European Union and a strengthened European identity by bringing together a new generation of Europeans, who are able to cooperate and work within different European and global cultures, in different languages, and across borders, sectors and academic disciplines.
  • Reach a substantial leap in quality, performance, attractiveness and international competitiveness of European higher education institutions and contributing to the European knowledge economy, employment, culture, civic en-gagement and welfare by making best use of innovative pedagogies and striving to make the knowledge triangle104 a reality. ‘European Universities’ will be key drivers to boost the quality of higher education and where possible to strengthen its link to the research and innovation landscape in Europe and its outreach towards the society and economy.

This action will support higher education institutions in going beyond existing higher education cooperation models, and gradually achieving the long-term ambitious vision for ‘European Universities’.

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Knowledge Alliances are transnational, structured and result-driven projects, notably between higher education and business. Knowledge Alliances are open to any discipline, sector and to cross-sectoral cooperation. The partners share common goals and work together towards mutually beneficial results and outcomes. The results and expected outcomes are clearly defined, realistic and address the issues identified in the needs analysis.

Knowledge Alliances are meant to have a short and long-term impact on the wide range of stakeholders involved, at individual, organisational and systemic level.

Knowledge Alliances aim at strengthening Europe’s innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education, business and the broader socio-economic environment. They intend to achieve one or more of the following aims:

  • Develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning;
  • Stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and company staff;
  • Facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge.

Knowledge Alliances are transnational, structured and result-driven projects, notably between higher education and business. Knowledge Alliances are open to any discipline, sector and to cross-sectoral cooperation. The partners share common goals and work together towards mutually beneficial results and outcomes. The results and expected outcomes are clearly defined, realistic and address the issues identified in the needs analysis.

Knowledge Alliances are meant to have a short and long-term impact on the wide range of stakeholders involved, at individual, organisational and systemic level.

For more information including guidelines, how to apply and Eforms please click here

Capacity Building in the field of higher education

Capacity-building Projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions (HEIs) from Programme and eligible Partner Countries financed through the above-mentioned instruments. They can also involve non-academic partners to strengthen the links with society and business and to reinforce the systemic impact of the projects. Through structured cooperation, exchange of experience and good practices and individual mobility, Capacity-building Projects aim to:

  • Support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in the eligible Partner Countries;
  • Support eligible Partner Countries to address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems, including those of quality, relevance, equity of access, planning, delivery, management and governance;
  • Contribute to cooperation between the EU and the eligible Partner Countries (and amongst the eligible Partner Countries);
  • Promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in higher education;
  • Promote people-to-people contacts, intercultural awareness and understanding.

These objectives are pursued in the eligible Partner Countries, through actions that:

  • Improve the quality of higher education and enhance its relevance for the labour market and society;
  • Improve the level of competences and skills in HEIs by developing new and innovative education programmes;
  • Enhance the management, governance and innovation capacities, as well as the internationalisation of HEIs;
  • Increase the capacities of national authorities to modernise their higher education systems, by supporting to the definition, implementation and monitoring of reform policies;
  • Foster regional integration and cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives, sharing of good practices and cooperation.

For more information including guidelines, how to apply and Eforms please click here

Sector Skills Alliances

Sector Skills Alliances aim at tackling skills gaps with regard to one or more occupational profiles in a specific sector. They do so by identifying existing or emerging sector specific labour market needs (demand side), and by enhancing the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems, at all levels, to the labour market needs (supply side).
Sector Skills Alliances are transnational projects which should work to achieve the following objectives:
• Identification of existing and emerging skills needs for professions in specific sectors, strengthening the exchange of knowledge and practice between education and training institutions and the labour market;
• Modernising VET by adapting provision to skills needs,
• Integrating work based learning in VET provision, and exploiting its potential to drive economic development and innovation, increasing the competitiveness of the sectors concerned;
• Building mutual trust, facilitating cross-border certification and therefore easing professional mobility in a sector, and increasing recognition of qualifications at European level within a sector;
• Supporting a strategic approach (”Blueprint”) to sectoral cooperation on skills.
Sector Skill Alliance shall cover a coherent and comprehensive set of activities and outputs as set out below for each Lot and as relevant for the sector concerned.
A particular focus must be given to digital skills as they are increasingly important in all job profiles across the entire labour market. In addition, the transition to a circular economy needs to be supported by changes to qualifications and national curricula to meet emerging professional needs for “green skills”.

For more information including guidelines, how to apply and Eforms please click here

Capacity Building in the field of youth

Capacity-building projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth in Programme and Partner Countries. They can also involve organisations from the fields of education and training, as well as from other socio-economic sectors.

Youth Capacity-building projects aim to:

  • Foster cooperation and exchanges in the field of youth between Programme Countries and Partner Countries from different regions of the world;
  • Improve the quality and recognition of youth work, non-formal learning and volunteering in Partner Countries and enhance their synergies and complementarities with other education systems, the labour market and society;
  • Foster the development, testing and launching of schemes and programmes of non-formal learning mobility at regional level (i.e. within and across regions of the world);
  • Promote transnational non-formal learning mobility between Programme and Partner Countries, especially targeting young people with fewer opportunities, with a view to improving participants’ level of competences and fostering their active participation in society.

Capacity-building projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth in Programme and Partner Countries. They can also involve organisations from the fields of education and training, as well as from other socio-economic sectors.

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/sector-skills-alliances-2020_en

Key Action 3: Support for Policy reform

The activities in support for policy reform are targeted at the achievement of the goals of the European policy agendas, in particular the Europe 2020 Strategy, of the Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) and of the European Youth Strategy.

European Policy Experimentations in the fields of Education and Training led by high-level public authorities

European policy experimentations are trans-national cooperation projects led by high-level public authorities from the Programme Countries. They involve testing the relevance, effectiveness, potential impact and scalability of policy measures through parallel field trials in different countries, based on (semi-) experimental approaches and common evaluation protocols. By combining strategic leadership, methodological soundness and a strong European dimension, they enable mutual learning and support evidence-based policy at European level.

The specific objectives of this call are to:

  • Promote trans-national cooperation and mutual learning among public authorities at the highest institutional level of the eligible countries in order to foster systemic improvement and innovation in the education and training fields,
  • Enhance the collection and analysis of substantive evidence to ensure the successful implementation of innovative measures,
  • Facilitate the transferability and scalability of innovative measures

Application deadline 21st April 2020 – 17:00 (CET/CEST, Brussels time)

For more information including guidelines, how to apply and Eforms please click here

Social Inclusion and Common Values: the Contribution in the Field of Education and Training

This call for proposals will support transnational cooperation projects in the fields of general education and training and adult education. The call comprises two lots, one for general education and training (Lot 1) and one for adult education (Lot 2).

Each application must address one general objective and one of the specific objectives, which are listed separately for Lot 1 and for Lot 2. Both the general and specific objectives of the call are exhaustive: proposals that do not address them will not be considered.

Application deadline 25th April 2020 – 17:00 (CET/CEST, Brussels time)

For more information including guidelines, how to apply and Eforms please click here

Centres of Vocational Excellence

The CoVEs will adopt a bottom-up approach to excellence where VET institutions are capable of rapidly adapting skills provision to evolving local needs. They aim to bring together a set of local/regional partners such as initial and continuing VET providers, tertiary education institutions including universities of applied sciences and polytechnics, research institutions, science parks, companies, social enterprises, chambers and their associations, social partners, sectoral skills councils, professional/sector associations, national and regional authorities and development agencies, public employment services, etc.

  • Projects must provide evidence that they aim to:
    Establish strong and enduring relationships at both local and transnational levels, between the VET community and businesses, in which interactions are reciprocal and mutually beneficial, and
  • Integrate activities, build reflexive relationships between the various activities and services, and
  • Be firmly anchored into wider frameworks of regional development, innovation and/or smart specialisation strategies.These can be either existing strategies (to be clearly identified) or being developed in the context of the project(describing how the project contributes to those strategies)

Application deadline 20th April 2020 – 17:00 (CET/CEST, Brussels time)

For more information including guidelines, how to apply and Eforms please click here

Jean Monnet 


The Jean Monnet Actions aim at promoting excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. These Actions also aim at fostering the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing EU and global governance.

European Union studies comprise the study of Europe in its entirety with particular emphasis on the European integration process in both its internal and external aspects. They promote active European citizenship and deal with the role of the EU in a globalized world , enhancing awareness of the Union and facilitating future engagement and people-to-people dialogue worldwide.

Jean Monnet Activities support the following Actions:

  • Jean Monnet Modules (teaching and research);
  • Jean Monnet Chairs (teaching and research);
  • Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence (teaching and research);
  • Jean Monnet Support to Associations;
  • Jean Monnet Networks (policy debate with the academic world);
  • Jean Monnet Projects (policy debate with the academic world).

For more information please visit the website below:

For more information including guidelines, how to apply and Eforms please click here

Sport

The following Actions in the field of sport are implemented through this Programme Guide:

  • Collaborative Partnerships;
  • Small Collaborative Partnerships;
  • Not-for-profit European sport events.

In addition, Erasmus+ also supports Actions to strengthen the evidence base for policy making (studies, data gathering, surveys, etc.), to promote the dialogue with relevant European stakeholders (the EU Sport Forum, EU Presidency events, conferences, meetings, seminars, etc.). These Actions will be implemented by the European Commission either directly or through the Executive Agency.
Other Erasmus+ - Sport
Collaborative Partnerships:

Collaborative Partnerships offer the opportunity to develop, transfer and/or implement innovative outputs and/or engage into intensive dissemination and exploitation activities of existing and newly products or innovative ideas in different areas relating to sport and physical activity. They involve various organisations and actors in and outside sport, including in particular public authorities at local, regional, national and European levels, sport organisations, sport-related organisations and educational bodies. Collaborative Partnerships are, in particular, innovative projects aimed to:

  • Encourage participation in sport and physical activity, especially by supporting the implementation of the Council Recommendation on health-enhancing physical activity and being in line with the EU Physical Activity Guidelines;
  • Encourage participation in sport and physical activity, especially by supporting the European Week of Sport;
  • Promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development, as well support the implementation of the EU Guidelines Dual Careers of Athletes;
  • Promote voluntary activity in sport;
  • Combat doping, notably in recreational environments;
  • Combat match-fixing;
  • Improve good governance in sport;
  • Combat violence and tackle racism, discrimination and intolerance in sport;
  • Encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport.

Small Collaborative Partnerships:

Small Collaborative Partnerships will allow organisations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to operate at transnational level, exchange good practices, confront ideas and methods in different areas relating to sport and physical activity. Selected projects may also produce tangible outputs and are expected to disseminate the results of their activities, although in a way that is proportional to the aim and scope of the project. Small Collaborative partnerships involve various organisations including in particular public authorities at local, regional and national levels, sport organisations, sport-related organisations and educational bodies. Small Collaborative Partnerships will in particular aim at ensuring the continuity of Preparatory actions 2013 and are, in particular, projects aimed to:

  • Encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport;
  • Promote European traditional sports and games;
  • Support the mobility of volunteers, coaches, managers and staff of non-profit sport organisations;
  • Protect athletes, especially the youngest, from health and safety hazards by improving training and competition conditions;
  • Promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development.

Small Collaborative Partnerships should promote the creation and development of transnational networks in the field of sport. The EU can thereby provide opportunities for strengthened cooperation among stakeholders, which would not have existed without EU action. Small Collaborative Partnerships should also foster synergy with, and between, local, regional, national and international policies to promote sport and physical activity and to address sport-related challenges.

Small Collaborative Partnerships should include at least one local or regional sport club.

Not-for-profit European sport events:

This Action is aimed to support:

  • Volunteering in sport;
  • Social inclusion through sport;
  • Gender equality in sport;
  • Health-Enhancing Physical Activity;
  • Implementation of the European Week of Sport.

The Commission, through its Executive Agency, will carry out one selection round over the year.

Within the not-for-profit European sport events, the indicative allocation for different categories will be as follows:

  • Approximately 30% for events to implement the European Week of Sport;
  • Approximately 70% for events not linked to the European Week of Sport (e.g. relating to volunteering in sport, social inclusion through sport, gender equality in sport, health-enhancing physical activity).

Approximately 4 events should be selected for the implementation of the European Week of Sport. They should focus on the themes identified for the implementation of the European Week of Sport (namely: education, workplace, outdoors, sport clubs and fitness centres).

Approximately 8 events not linked to the European Week of Sport should be selected. In relation to the above topics (i.e. volunteering, social inclusion, gender, HEPA), at least one event should focus on the external dimension of sport (e.g. sport diplomacy) and at least one event should focus on the role of grassroots sport in supporting the objectives of this action (volunteering in sport, social inclusion in and through sport, gender equality in sport, health-enhancing physical activity).

For more information please visit the website below:

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/sport