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Capacity building in the field of higher education: Strand 1 - Fostering access to cooperation in higher education

Funding ProgramErasmus+ - Key Action 2 – Cooperation among Organisations and Institutions
Call numberERASMUS-EDU-2023-CBHE-STRAND-1
deadlinesOpening
29.11.2022
Deadline
16.02.2023 17:00
Estimated EU contribution per projectEU grant per project: between € 200,000.00 and € 400,000.00
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short description

This Strand is designed to attract less experienced HEIs and small-scale actors to the CBHE action to facilitate access to newcomer organisations.

Call objectives

The Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) action supports international cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of higher education. It supports the relevance, quality, modernisation and responsiveness of higher education in third countries not associated to the Programme for socio-economic recovery, growth and prosperity and reacting to recent trends, in particular economic globalisation but also the recent decline in human development, fragility, and rising social, economic and environmental inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The action is expected to contribute to the overarching priorities of the European Commission:

  • Green Deal
  • Digital transformation
  • Integration of migrants
  • Governance, peace, security and human development
  • Sustainable growth and jobs

The action will contribute also to the external dimension of EU internal policies in the field of education. It will support a successful green and sustainable global economic recovery in the third countries not associated to the Programme, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

In order to respond to the various challenges in the third countries not associated to the Programme, the CBHE action is composed of three specific Strands:

  • Strand 1 - Fostering access to cooperation in higher education
  • Strand 2 - Partnerships for transformation in higher education
  • Strand 3 - Structural reform projects

This Strand 1 is designed to attract less experienced HEIs and small-scale actors to the CBHE action to facilitate access to newcomer organisations. These partnerships should act as a first step for HEIs and organisations with a smaller operational capacity located in third countries not associated to the Programme to access and increase means to reach out to people with fewer opportunities.This Strand will finance small-scale projects to reduce the internationalisation gap among HEIs from eligible third countries not associated to the Programme, from the same country or Region. Projects should establish partnerships to develop cooperation ideas as well as to facilitate transfer of know-how, experience and good practices, fostering access to capacity building opportunities and improving social inclusion and the access of students/staff with fewer opportunities to a qualitative higher education offer. In particular, these projects will particularly focus on:

  • HEIs from least developed third countries not associated to the Programme;
  • HEIs located in remote regions/areas of third countries not associated to the Programme;
  • Newcomers or less experienced HEIs and Faculties from third countries not associated to the Programme;
  • Students and staff with fewer opportunities.

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Expected effects and impacts

The proposed activities and project results should have a clear added-value for the targeted beneficiaries. A nonexhaustive list of possible activities is provided below:

Activities aiming at enhancing the management/administrative capacity of the targeted HEIs such as:

  • reforming and modernising the university governance, including the enhancement of services in particular for the benefit of students (student guidance, counselling and job orientation etc.);
  • establishing or strengthening international relations offices and elaborating internationalisation strategies;
  • establishing new or developing existing quality assurance units and processes/strategy within HEIs;
  • creating or increasing the capacity of planning and evaluation units;
  • enhancing mechanisms for communication and dissemination of results from international cooperation projects;
  • building capacities to support students and staff mobility activities.

Activities aiming at ensuring high quality and relevant education such as:

  • modules or study programmes, technical or professional orientations of programmes;
  • establishing intensive study programmes bringing together students and teaching staff from participating HEIs for shorter study periods;
  • developing capacities for postgraduate students and academic staff as well as promoting their mobility;
  • implementing training courses for HEI academic staff;
  • creating synergies and strengthening the links with the business sector and with private or public organisations active in the labour market and in the fields of education, training and youth.

Activities aiming at increasing the accessibility of the students/staff with fewer opportunities such as:

  • developing remote and inclusive learning pathways and opportunities by relying on digital technology and elearning for vulnerable students;
  • updating the digital technology to develop specific services aiming at ensuring equal and fair learning opportunities to students with disabilities;
  • promoting initiatives aiming at positive discrimination by empowering women and ethnic/religious minorities;
  • develop initiatives addressing and reducing barriers faced by disadvantaged groups in accessing learning opportunities;
  • contributing to creating inclusive environments that foster equity and equality, and that are responsive to the needs of the wider community.

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Regions / countries for fundingEU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Island (Ísland), Liechtenstein, North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Türkiye
eligible entitiesEducation and training institution, Research Institution incl. University
Mandatory partnershipYes
Project Partnership

Proposals must be   submitted by a consortium (coordinator and partners), which complies with the following conditions:

Geographical coverage:

  • at least 2 EU Member States or third countries associated to the Programme;
  • at least 1 eligible third country not associated to the Programme;
  • at least 2 eligible third countries not associated to the Programme for Regions 1, 10 and 11;
  • at least one third country not associated to the Programme from Region 10 and another one from Region 11 for projects involving both Regions.

Institutional coverage:

  • at least 1 HEI from each participating EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme;
  • at least 2 HEIs from each participating third countries not associated to the Programme.

Institutional coverage applies to all countries participating in the consortium.

The number of applicants from third countries not associated to the Programme must be equal or higher than the number of applicants from EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme.

Exception:

In third countries not associated to the Programme where the number of HEIs is lower than 5 in the whole country, or in cases where one single institution represents more than 50% of the overall student population of the country, applications counting only one HEI from those countries will be accepted.

other eligibility criteria

The applicants (coordinator and partners) must be legal entities:

  • higher education institutions (HEIs) or organisations of HEIs;
  • established in an EU Member State, in a third country associated to the Programme or in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme.

HEIs located in an EU Member State or in a third country associated to the Programme must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE).

The higher education institutions (HEIs), established in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme, and recognised as such by the competent authorities, with their affiliated entities (if any), have to offer full study programmes leading to higher education degrees and recognised diplomas at tertiary education qualifications level.

Associations, public or private organisations, including their affiliated entities (if any), active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth located in an EU Member State, in a third country associated to the Programme or eligible third countries not associated to the Programme, may also participate, but not as coordinator.

Additional information

Topics
Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation, 
Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media
Relevance for EU Macro-RegionEUSAIR - 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 duration24 or 36 months
Additional Information

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

  • Part A — contains administrative information about the participant  and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
  • Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded).
  • Part C containing additional project data (to be filled in directly online).

Applications are limited to

  • 40 pages for calls for low value grants (€ 60,000.00 or below);
  • 120 pages for calls with high value grants (€ 4,000,000.00) and
  • 70 pages for all other calls.

For actions managed by the Erasmus+ National Agencies, applications must be submitted electronically via the forms available in the Erasmus+ website and the websites of the Erasmus+ National Agencies.

Call documents Erasmus+ Programmleitfaden 2023 - DE (5553kB)
ContactEuropean Education and Culture Executive Agency
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Erasmus+ National Agencies
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