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Call: Knowledge alliances

Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme

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.

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 the EducationTraining, Youth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.

Description of programme
"Key Action 2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices"
This Key Action 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.
Knowledge alliances
Description of call
"Knowledge alliances"

Knowledge Alliances are transnational, structured and result-oriented projects in collaboration primarily between higher education institutions and enterprises. They are possible to operate in all subjects and sectors and can also be cross-sectoral.
Knowledge Alliances are characterized by features of innovation, sustainability and impact.

Eligible activities:

Promote innovation in higher education and economy and in the wider socio-economic environment:

  • Joint development and implementation of new teaching and learning methods (e.g. as new multidisciplinary curricula, learner-centered and problem-based teaching and learning concepts)
  • Continuous education programs and activities in cooperation with companies and in companies,
  • Joint development of solutions for challenges, as well as product and process innovations (students, academics and practitioners)

Development of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills:

  • Preparing the necessary conditions for the acquisition and the use of transversal skills in higher education programs that have been developed in collaboration with companies and aim to promote employability and creativity and to open up new career paths
  • Introduction of education for entrepreneurship in all subjects in order to provide students, researchers, staff and trainers the necessary knowledge and skills and the motivation to become active entrepreneur under different conditions
  • Opening up new opportunities for learning through the practical application of entrepreneurial skills that can lead to the commercialization of new services, products or prototypes to start-up and spin-off companies.

Promoting the transfer and exchange of knowledge between higher education institutions and companies:

  • Subject-related activities in companies that are fully integrated into the curriculum and be fully recognized and taken into account
  • A method for testing and testing of innovative measures
  • Temporary exchange of students, researchers, teaching and all-operations personnel
  • Inclusion of all-operations personnel who are engaged in educational or research activities.
Thematic Focus Education, European Citizenship, Youth, Mobility, Sports
Funding area EU Member States
Danube Region
Eastern Partnership
Neighbouring Countries
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Turkey / Türkiye
Select Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association, Public Services, Other
Applicant details

Eligible Organisations:

  • Any public or private organizations from a program country or from any partner country world wide can be involved
  • Higher education institutions in a programme country must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details
  • At least six independent organizations
  • From at least three programme countries
  • Including at least two higher education institutions and
  • At least two companies
Recurring Call Yes
Project duration min 24 months
Project duration max 35 months
Further info

2 or 3 years

Type of Funding Proper amount
Financial details

Eligible costs:

Maximum EU funding for a two-year Knowledge Alliance: 700,000 €

Maximum EU funding for a three-year knowledge alliance: 1 million €

Support of project implementation: contribution to the costs of activities directly related to the implementation of the project (except built-in mobility activities); e.g.: project management, project meetings, intellectual services (curricula, teaching materials, free teaching and learning materials (OER), IT tools, analyzes, studies, etc.), dissemination of results, participation in events and conferences, travel, etc. EU contribution is calculated on the base of the number of days and the profile of personnel from each country. Between 47 € and 353 € / day depending on the partner country and function.

Traveling expenses:

  • Distances between 100 and 1999 km: 275 € / participant and travel
  • Distances between 2000 km and more: 360 € / participant and travel

Subsistence costs:

Personal activities

  • Until the 14th day of the activity: 100 € per participant and per day
  • Between the 15th and 60th day of the activity: 70 € per participant and per day

Learning Activities

  • Until the 14th day of the activity: 55 € per participant and day
  • Between the 15th and 60th day of the activity: 40 € per participant and day

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