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Call key data

Policy Experimentation - Higher Education

Funding Program

Erasmus+ - Key Action 3 – Support to Policy Development and Cooperation

Call number

ERASMUS-EDU-2024-POL-EXP-HIGHER-EDU

deadlines

Opening
05.12.2023

Deadline
04.06.2024 17:00

Funding rate

80%

Call budget

€ 1,000,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

max. € 1,000,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

This topic focusses on priority 13: national/regional support to European Universities alliances.

Call objectives

Projects should address the following two work strands:

  • Work strand 1: Creation of a supporting environment for European Universities and other similar long-standing institutionalised cooperation models, both in view of related legislation, its application and provided technical support in a particular region/country.
  • Work strand 2: Increasing coherence of funding at national/regional level of higher education institutions part of European Universities alliances and other similar long-standing institutionalised cooperation models, in addition to the grants received at European level under Erasmus+, complemented by other EU instruments such as Horizon Europe.

Expected effects and impacts

It is expected that the conducted activities will help to:

  • Improve the supporting environment for European Universities and other similar long-standing institutionalised cooperation models, both in view of related legislation, its application and provided technical support in a particular region/country;
  • Improve the funding models and modalities at national/regional level of European Universities and other similar long-standing institutionalised cooperation models.

This can be achieved through implementing the related tangible policy and funding recommendations and taking advantage of the peer learning in the regions/countries concerned. It is thus expected that the relevant  outcomes of the conducted activities will in the end be implemented in the respective national/regional higher education systems in the short to medium-term.

Expected results

The work under work strands 1 and 2 can entail different types of activities, such as peer learning activities (including for example country visits), thematic seminars on key issues related to the regulatory  environment/funding of alliances in regions/countries, in depth targeted analysis of national/regional frameworks by peers/experts and advice from peers/experts (non-exhaustive list), reporting and dissemination (to share the lessons learnt and recommendations). This list of activities is non-exhaustive.

Work strand 1 can for example include work in relation to the regulatory/administrative environment in a particular region/country when it comes to (non-exhaustive list):

  • Joint educational programmes and other joint educational activities:
    • joint degrees/diploma’s
    • accreditation (eg. issues with foreign languages, ECTS credits, foreign teachers)
    • evaluation/quality assurance (eg. institutional quality assurance, versus programme-based quality assurance and application of the relevant Bologna tools)
    • tuition fees and systems
    • student selection
    • joint blended/online learning
    • inter-disciplinarity
    • flexible learning pathways
  • Automatic recognition of study periods abroad;
  • Rules with regard to innovative mobility formats;
  • Student housing for mobile students within the alliances;
  • Differences in the autonomy of higher education institutions in each national context;
  • Promotion of the alliances within and outside the European Union;
  • Technical support to / cooperation with alliances of higher education institutions in a particular region/country.

Work strand 2 can for example include work on national/regional funding of higher education institutions part of alliances of higher education institutions in relation to (non-exhaustive list):

  • The amounts/scales of funding;
  • Timing and duration of funding provided;
  • Funding of innovative mobility formats;
  • Funding of innovative educational offering;
  • Coverage of the different missions of the alliances;
  • Other modalities of national/regional funding.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Albania (Shqipëria), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Island (Ísland), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Liechtenstein, Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Türkiye

eligible entities

Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs)

Mandatory partnership

Yes

Project Partnership

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries, not affiliated entities), from a minimum of 3 EU Member States or third countries associated to the Programme.

Affiliated entities and associated partners do not count towards the minimum eligibility criteria for the consortium composition, and can not be coordinator.

Organisations from third countries not associated to the Programme can be involved as associated partners (not as beneficiaries and affiliated entities).

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies) active in the fields of education and training, research and innovation or in the world of work;
  • Under topic 6 ‘Higher Education’ - Priority 13 ‘National/regional support to European Universities alliances’, in order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be:
    • relevant public authorities, which higher education institutions are involved in the European Universities initiative, or other similar long- standing institutionalised cooperation models,
    • And/or bodies with a mandate from their country related to quality assurance, funding of alliances of higher education institutions, or other specific fields relevant to the success of the European Universities initiative
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.: Erasmus+ Programme Countries:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • non-EU countries: − listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme (list of participating countries)
    • Under topic 6 ‘Higher Education’ - Priority 13 ‘applicants from the following Erasmus+ Partner Countries are also eligible: Region 1
  • for higher education institutions (HEIs) established in Erasmus+ Programme Countries (see above): be holders of the ECHE certificate (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education).

other eligibility criteria

  • Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self- employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
  • International organisations are NOT eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
  • Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
  • EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
  • Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. Please note that  if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).
  • Beneficiaries from countries with ongoing negotiations (see list above) may participate in the call and can sign grants if the negotiations are concluded before grant signature (with retroactive effect, if provided in the agreement).
  • UK applicants — The participation in the Programme has been requested by the United Kingdom. If there is an agreement on this participation, UK entities will be eligible to participate in this call (in accordance with the conditions of the agreement).

Additional information

Topics

Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

between 36 and 48 months

Additional Information

Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section. Paper submissions are NOT possible.

Proposals (including annexes and supporting documents) must be submitted using the forms provided inside the Submission System ( NOT the documents available on the Topic page — they are only for information).

Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:

  • Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online);
  • Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded));
  • Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re- uploaded):
    • Detailed budget table/calculator

Proposals are limited to maximum 70 pages (Part B).

The grant will be a lump-sum grant. This means that it will reimburse a fixed amount, based on a lump sum or financing not linked to costs.

Contact

European Education and Culture Executive Agency
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Erasmus+ National Agencies
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