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Call: Strategic partnerships in the fields of vocational training and youth

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.

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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.
Strategic partnerships in the fields of vocational training and youth
Description of call
"Strategic partnerships in the fields of vocational training and youth"

Strategic partnerships should support the development, transfer and/ or the implementation of innovations and joint initiatives aiming to promote cooperation, supporting peer-learning and exchange of experience at European level.

  • Strategic partnerships supporting innovation
  • Strategic partnerships supporting best practices
  • School Exchange Partnerships 
  • Transnational Youth Initiatives
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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
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 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), Public Services
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details


  • At least three organizations from three different Programme Countries
  • There is no maximum number of partners. However, there is a limit for administrative costs means (10 partners respectively).
  • However, the following project types can have only two organizations from at least two program countries:
  • Strategic partnerships in the field of education, where only schools in program countries can be involved.
  • Strategic partnerships in the field of education between the local / regional school authorities. The partnership must include at least in  each country participating in the project:
    • a local or regional school authorities
    • a school
    • an organization active  in the field of education, training and youth or labor market organization.
  • Strategic partnerships in the youth field, which comprise only a youth organization or groups of young people, those active in youth work are indeed active, but not necessarily as part of a youth organization.
Recurring Call Yes
Project starts 01.09.2016
Project duration min 6 months
Project duration max 36 months
Further info
  • Partnerships in the field of youth: 6-36 months
  • Other partnerships: 24 to 36 months
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

Eligible costs

The budget must be drawn up according to the following funding rules:

Maximum funding

  • Strategic partnerships in the field of youth
  • variable amount, which is determined by multiplying 12 500 € to the project duration (in months)

Strategic partnerships in other areas

  • 300,000 € for two-year projects and 450,000 € for three-year projects

The eligible costs consist of different packages, depending on the type and duration of the project, together. A project may, but need not, to contain all the components:

Project management and implementation

  • Here are included the costs for the planning, coordination and communication between the partners, project activities, information, promotion and dissemination of results. Monthly Packages: For the coordinating organization - 500 €, for the participating partner organizations - 250. € There is a maximum of  2,750 € / month for project management and implementation:

Transnational meeting of project partners

  • Travel expenses for attending meetings between the project partners for implementation and coordination purposes are calculated on staggered packages. Distances are calculated through the online tool. 23,000 € is the maximum amount that can be funded per year for transnational meetings.

Intellectual outcomes

  • Intellectual outcomes/ concrete results of the project (curricula, materials for educational work and youth work, free teaching and learning materials, IT tools, analyzes, studies, peer learning methods, etc.) between 38 € and 294 € / day.

Multiplier meetings

  • Costs for national or transnational multiplier meetings aiming at dissemination and transfer of project results. Flat rate per participant: 100 € for domestic participants  as well as 200 € for participants from abroad. Total max. amount here is 30,000 € per project.

Exceptional costs

  • Actual costs related to subcontracts or expenditure on goods and services. These costs are, after detection of documents, up to 75% covered .

Special need for support

  • Costs which are directly related to disability of participants. Prerequisite: There must be due justification in the application that there is a demand of such expenses and why these expenses are necessary. The actual costs will be reimbursed up to 100%. A proof of the incurred costs shall be required.
  • The travel costs will be settled over staggered packages. Distances are calculated on the European Commission online distance calculator from.

Packages per person per day - these are staggered, depending on the duration and the country. For Austria: 105 € (up to 14 days), 74 € (up to 60 days), 53 € (up to one year).

Personal support

  • Subsistence of participants and accompanying persons per unit and per day during the activity.

See see Program Guide Version 3 (2015) 12.16.2014, p 131-132

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