The European Commission yearly publishes in the Official Journal of the European Union the annual call to participate in the Erasmus + Program with deadlines for individual activities, eligibility criteria and annual budget. Below are some of the most relevant actions and deadlines:

Key Action 1 (KA1) – Learning Mobility of Individuals
Under Key Action 1, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can apply for funding to offer their students the opportunity to study in a partner university or carry out a traineeship abroad and for staff to take part in teaching or training.

Main activities:

  • Individual mobility with EU Universities partners of Unime
  • Individual mobility with non-EU Universities partners of Unime
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

Deadlines: February of each year

Key Action 2 (KA2) – 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, develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.
Under Key Action 2 organisations can apply for funding to work in partnership with organisations from other participating countries. The projects funded under this Key Action will focus on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices in education, training and youth provision between participating countries.

Strategic partnerships:
A Strategic Partnership is transnational and involves minimum three organisations from three different Programme Countries. Organisations from Partner Countries can be involved as partners if they bring an essential added value to the project. Strategic Partnerships can last for two or three years and are a flexible way of working with partners from different countries. Strategic Partnerships must focus on activities designed to improve HE provision across the participating countries. Activities could include:

  • developing, testing and implementing innovative approaches and practices for study programmes, students, staff and organisations;
  • facilitating the recognition and certification of skills and competences;
  • training, teaching and learning activities such as intensive study programmes, blended mobility of students, joint staff training events, and teaching and training assignments.

Deadline: March of each year

Capacity building in the field of higher education:
Capacity-building Projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between HEIs from Programme and eligible Partner Countries. 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 Partner Countries.

Two categories of Capacity-building projects are supported:

  • Joint Projects: aimed at producing outcomes that benefit principally and directly the organisations from eligible Partner Countries involved in the project.
    These projects typically focus on three different types of activities:
    · curriculum development;
    · modernisation of governance, management and functioning of HEIs;
    · strengthening of relations between HEIs and the wider economic and social environment.
  • Structural Projects: aimed at producing an impact on higher education systems and promoting reforms at national and/or regional level in the eligible Partner Countries. These projects typically focus on two different categories of activities:
    · modernisation of policies, governance and management of higher education systems;
    · strengthening of relations between higher education systems and the wider economic and social environment.

Capacity-building projects can be implemented as:

  • National projects, i.e. projects involving institutions from only one eligible Partner Country. One eligible Partner Country and at least three Programme Countries must be involved in the project;
  • Multi-country projects within one single region, involving at least two countries from this region;
  • Multi-country projects involving more than one region, involving at least one country from each region concerned.

For multi-country projects, at least two eligible Partner Countries and at least three Programme Countries must be involved in the project.

Deadline: February of each year

Knowledge Alliances
Knowledge Alliances are transnational and result-driven activities between higher education institutions and businesses.
Knowledge Alliances target cooperation between organisations established in Programme Countries. Organisations from Partner Countries may also participate as partners if they bring an essential added value to the project.
Knowledge Alliances aim at strengthening Europe's innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education and business.

They intend to:

  • 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.

Deadline: February of each year

Jean Monnet
Jean Monnet Activities are designed to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. The activities also foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies.
Deadline: February of each year

Unime is currently partner in 3 Capacity Building projects and leader in 1 Strategic Partnership project

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