The new Erasmus+ programme aims to support actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020.
Erasmus+ replaces seven programmes bringing together:
• the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Jean Monnet and Grundtvig)
• the Youth in Action programme
• five international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries)
• the new sport action.
Erasmus + provides grants for a wide range of actions and activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. The programme gives opportunities to students, trainees, staff and volunteers to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability. It supports organisations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices in the fields of education, training and youth. The new sport action will support grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.
The actions of the Erasmus + programme are divided into decentralised actions and centralised actions. The decentralised actions are managed in each programme country by National Agencies that are appointed by their national authorities. The centralised actions are managed at a European level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) located in Brussels.
The ERASMUS+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU's commitment to investing in these areas.
ERASMUS+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.
ERASMUS+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.
It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.
Detailed presentation of the ERASMUS+ Programme: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/documents/erasmus-plus-in-detail_en.pdf
ERASMUS+ Programme Web-site: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm
Details on calls at the web-site of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) responsible for management of the Programme: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus_en
Key Action 1: Study and Volunteering in another country
Key Action 1 supports mobility in the education, training and youth sectors and aims to bring long lasting benefits to the participants and the participating organisations involved.
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages the selection of projects under:
These two actions are included in the General Call for proposals
The other actions of the KA1 are managed at decentralised level by the National Agencies
Applications under this action cannot be made by individual students, staff or volunteers. People wishing to participate in an activity will need to contact one of the organisations receiving support from the Erasmus + programme.
Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
The actions under Key Action 2 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 following actions are managed by the EACEA as part of the the General call for proposals and described in detail in the Programme Guide:
• Knowledge Alliances cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises;
• Sector Skills Alliances addressing skills gaps in specific economic sectors;
• Capacity Building in the field of youth supporting cooperation with Partner Countries;
• Capacity Building in the field of higher education supporting cooperation with Partner Countries.
Additionally there will be a high number of Strategic Partnerships in the field of Education, Training and Youth supported through KA2. The selection and management of these takes place at national level. For further information contact the National Agency in your country
Key Action 3: Support for policy reform
Key Action 3 provides grants for a wide variety of actions aimed at stimulating innovative policy development, policy dialogue and implementation, and the exchange of knowledge in the fields of education, training and youth.
The majority of them are managed by the EACEA. Most of the actions under KA3 are managed outside the annual general call for proposals.
The three main instruments that are managed through specific calls for proposals published on this website:
• Prospective Initiatives giving support to forward-looking cooperation projects on policy developments and European policy experimentations led by high level organisations and public authorities to stimulate innovative policies and prepare their implementation;
• Civil Society Cooperation providing support to European NGOs and EU-wide networks active in the fields of education, training and youth with the aim of raising the awareness about European policies and to boost the cooperation with the public authorities.
Funds are also allocated to a range of calls for tender and restricted calls:
• Studies and surveys with the aim to increase the knowledge in the fields of education, training and youth through the collection of evidence and analysis;
• European policy tools improving the recognition of skills, qualifications and diplomas by facilitating the transfer of credits, and supporting skills management and guidance, the Bologna process and the quality assurance, etc;
• Cooperation with international organisations to foster policy dialogue with partner countries, to promote international attractiveness of European Higher Education in the world and to support the network of Higher Education Reform Experts in partner Countries neighbouring the EU.