Erasmus +

Start date: 
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Thursday, 31 December 2020
Overview and objectives: 

Erasmus+ aims at boosting skills and employability, and modernising Education,Training and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion. This represents a 40% increase compared to current spending levels and shows 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. In addition to providing grants for individuals, 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 EducationTraining andYouth 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.

Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education,Training and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across theEducationTraining and Youth sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.



  • Mobility of learners and staff: opportunities for students, trainees, young people and volunteers, as well as for professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, staff of education institutions and civil society organisations to undertake a learning and/or professional experience in another country.
  • Joint Master Degrees: high-level integrated international study programmes delivered by consortia of higher education institutions that award full degree scholarships to the best master students worldwide.
  • Master Student Loan Guarantee: higher education students can get a loan backed up by the Programme to go abroad for a full Master Degree. Students should address themselves to national banks or student loan agencies.


  • Transnational Strategic Partnerships aimed to develop initiatives addressing one or more fields of education training and youth and promote innovation, exchange of experience and know-how between different types of organisations involved in education, training and youth or in other relevant fields. Certain mobility activities are supported in so far as they contribute to the objectives of the project.
  • Knowledge Alliances between higher education institutions and enterprises which aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, employability, knowledge exchange and/or multidisciplinary teaching and learning.
  • Sector Skills Alliances supporting the design and delivery of joint vocational training curricula, programmes and teaching and training methodologies, drawing on evidence of trends in a specific economic sector and skills needed in order to perform in one or more professional fields.
  • Capacity Building projects supporting cooperation with Partner Countries in the fields of higher education and youth. Capacity Building projects aim to support organisations/institutions and systems in their modernisation and internationalisation process. Certain mobility activities are supported in so far as they contribute to the objectives of the project.
  • IT support platforms, such as eTwinning, the European Platform for Adult Learning (EPALE) and the European Youth Portal, offering virtual collaboration spaces, databases of opportunities, communities of practices and other online services for teachers, trainers and practitioners in the field of school and adult education as well as for young people, volunteers and youth workers across Europe and beyond.


  • Knowledge in the fields of education, training and youth for evidence-based policy making and monitoring in the framework of Europe 2020, in particular: o country-specific and thematic analysis, including through cooperation with academic networks; o peer learning and peer reviews through the Open Methods of Coordination in education, training and youth.
  • Prospective initiatives to stimulate innovative policy development among stakeholders and to enable public authorities to test the effectiveness of innovative policies through field trials based on sound evaluation methodologies.
  • Support to European policy tools to facilitate transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications, as well as the transfer of credits, to foster quality assurance, support validation of non-formal and informal learning, skills management and guidance. This Action also includes the support to networks that facilitate cross-European exchanges, the learning and working mobility of citizens as well as the development of flexible learning pathways between different fields of education, training and youth.
  • Cooperation with international organisations with highly recognised expertise and analytical capacity (such as the OECD and the Council of Europe), to strengthen the impact and added value of policies in the fields of education, training and youth.
  • Stakeholder dialogue, policy and Programme promotion with public authorities, providers and stakeholders in the fields of education, training and youth are necessary for raising awareness about Europe 2020, Education and Training 2020, the European Youth Strategy and other European sector-specific policy agendas, as well as the external dimension of EU education, training and youth policies. They are also essential to stimulate the effective exploitation of the Programme results and generate tangible impact.


  • Academic Modules, Chairs, Centres of Excellence in order to deepen teaching in European integration studies embodied in an official curriculum of a higher education institution, as well as to conduct, monitor and supervise research on EU content, also for other educational levels such as teacher training and compulsory education. These Actions are also intended to provide in-depth teaching on European integration matters for future professionals in fields which are in increasing demand on the labour market, and at the same time aim at encouraging, advising and mentoring the young generation of teachers and researchers in European integration subject areas.
  • Policy debate with academic world, supported through: a) Networks to enhance cooperation between different universities throughout Europe and around the world, foster cooperation and create a high knowledge exchange platform with public actors and the Commission services on highly relevant EU subjects; b) Projects for innovation and cross-fertilisation and spread of EU content aimed to promote discussion, reflection on EU issues and to enhance knowledge about the EU and its processes.
  • Support to institutions and associations, to organise and carry out statutory activities of associations dealing with EU studies and EU issues, and to publicize EU facts among a wider public enhancing active.
  • European citizenship. Jean Monnet Activities also provide operating grants to designated institutions which pursue an aim of European interest.
  • Studies and conferences


  • Collaborative Partnerships, aimed to combat doping at grassroots level, notably in recreational
  • environments such as amateur sport and fitness, supporting prevention and awareness-raising among stakeholders involved in the fight against match-fixing, as well as innovative approaches to contain violence and tackle racism and intolerance in sport. These partnerships also intend to support the implementation of EU principles on good governance in sport, EU Guidelines on dual careers of athletes, EU strategies in the areas of social inclusion and equal opportunities, as well as EU Physical Activity Guidelines, to encourage participation in sport and physical activity.
  • Not-for-profit European sport events, granting individual organisations in charge of the preparation, organisation and follow-up to a given event. The activities involved will include the organisation of training activities for athletes and volunteers in the run-up to the event, opening and closing ceremonies, competitions, side-activities to the sporting event (conferences, seminars), as well as the implementation of legacy activities, such as evaluations or drafting of future plans.
  • Strengthening of the evidence base for policy making through studies; data gathering, surveys;
  • networks; conferences and seminars which spread good practices from Programme Countries and sport organisations and reinforce networks at EU level so that national members of those networks benefit from synergies and exchanges with their partners.
  • Dialogue with relevant European stakeholders, being the annual EU Sport Forum the main activity planned for the dialogue, which gathers some 300 EU level stakeholders. Other ad-hoc meetings and seminars relevant to ensure optimal dialogue with the sport stakeholders may also be organised as appropriate.
  • Support to Sport Presidency events organised by the EU Member States holding the semester of presidency of the EU.
Catchment areas: 

Member States of the European Union.

Non EU Programme Countries: former Yugoslav, Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey.

The following countries can take part in certain Actions of the Programme, subject to specific criteria or conditions: Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine); Southern Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia); Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia); Other: (Russian Federation).
Recipient bodies: 
Individuals - students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, professionals of organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth constitute the main target population of the Programme. However, the Programme reaches these individuals through organisations, institutions, bodies or groups that organise such activities. The conditions of access to the Programme therefore relate to these two actors: the "participants" (individuals participating in the Programme) and the "participating organisations" (including groups of young people active in youth work but not necessarily in the context of youth organisations, also referred to as informal groups of young people). For both participants and participating organisations, the conditions for participation depend on the country in which they are based.
Programme budget: 
€14 700 000 000.00
Calls developing it: 

Erasmus+ Call for proposals 2013 — EAC/S11/13

The 2014-2020 EU programme for education, training, youth and sport proposed by the European Commission on 23 November 2011 (hereafter ‘the programme’) has not yet been adopted by the European legislative authority. Nonetheless, the Commission has decided to publish this call for proposals in order to allow a smooth implementation of the programme as soon as its basic act has been adopted by the European legislator and to enable potential beneficiaries of European Union grants to prepare their proposals in good time.

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