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Partnerships for Innovation - Forward-Looking Projects - Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Funding ProgramErasmus+ - Key Action 2 – Cooperation among Organisations and Institutions
Call numberERASMUS-EDU-2023-PI-FORWARD-LOT2
deadlinesOpening
29.11.2022
Deadline
15.03.2023 17:00
Estimated EU contribution per projectEU grant per project: max. € 900,000.00
Link to the call
Link to the submission

Call content

short description

This action will aim to foster innovation, creativity and participation, as well as social entrepreneurship in different fields of education and training, within sectors or across sectors and disciplines.

Projects under Lot 2 address the VET sector. These projects support the implementation of the principles and objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan the European Skills Agenda, the Council Recommendation on vocational education and training for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience and the Osnabrück Declaration on vocational education and training as an enabler of recovery and just transitions to digital and green economies.

Call objectives

Proposals submitted under Lot 2 must address one of the two following priorities:

  • Priority 4: Micro-credentials for employability;
  • Priority 5: Improving the attractiveness of Vocational Education and Training (VET) through partnerships and networks of VET providers.

The general objectives are as follows:

  • Innovative initiatives with a strong impact on education and training reforms in specific strategic policy areas;
  • Contributing to the strengthening of Europe's innovation capacity by promoting innovation in education and training;
  • Creating systemic change through fostering innovation at both practice and policy-level;
  • Support forward-looking ideas focusing on key topics and priorities at EU level, with a clear potential to be mainstreamed in one or more sectors;
  • As fully innovative, ground-breaking educational methods and practices and/or transfer of innovation: ensuring at EU level a sustainable exploitation of innovative project results and/or transferability into different contexts and audiences.

The specific objectives include:

  • Identifying, developing, testing and/or assessing innovative approaches that have the potential to be mainstreamed in order to improve education and training systems and improve the effectiveness of policies and practices in the field of education and training;
  • Launching pilot actions to test solutions to present and future challenges with a view to kick-starting sustainable and systemic impact;
  • Supporting transnational cooperation and mutual learning on forward-looking issues amongst key stakeholders and empowering them to develop innovative solutions and promote the transfer of those solutions in new settings, including capacity-building of relevant stakeholders.

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Expected effects and impacts

Activities under Forward-Looking Projects should contribute to the following:

  • Improve quality, efficiency, attractiveness, and equity of education and training systems;
  • Improve effectiveness of policies in the field of education and training;
  • Support the implementation of EU Frameworks and legal initiatives as well as country-specific recommendations from the European Semester;
  • Improved evidence and understanding on target group(s), learning and teaching situations and effective methodologies and tools that can inspire and stimulate innovation at system level;
  • Develop knowledge to support evidence-based policy;
  • Trigger behavioural shifts at EU level.

Forward-Looking Projects intend to provide innovative solutions that can be mainstreamed at regional, national and European level and ideally with the potential to be developed further either by EU funding or else through national and regional support.

The bottom-up practices should correctly address the fixed priorities set to strengthen Europe’s innovation capacity, make a strong impact on education and training reforms and initiate systemic change.

Through the wide dissemination of project outcomes at transnational, national and/or regional levels, also taking national, European Industrial Ecosystems and regional smart specialisation strategies into account, Forward-Looking Projects are expected to make cathartic impact at system level to help education and training systems better meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

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Expected results

Main activities under these Priorities could involve (non-exhaustive list):

  • Action research, mapping work, producing large-scale sectoral or cross-sectoral outputs;
  • Transnational capacity-building activities such as training, the analysis of policy contexts, policy-research, institutional adjustments;
  • Pilot activities to test innovative solutions;
  • Large-scale transnational events or networking activities, either sectoral or cross-sectoral;
  • Exploitation activities to spread results to the educational community or sector;
  • Think-tank activities, researching and experimenting with innovative ideas.

Forward-Looking Projects are required to apply EU wide instruments and tools whenever relevant.

Forward-Looking Projects should include the design of a long-term action plan (beyond the duration of the Erasmus+ funded project) for the progressive take-up and mainstreaming of the innovations developed to be able to impact on education and training systems, in collaboration with the relevant authorities and institutions. They should also ensure the appropriate visibility and wide dissemination of the work, including at EU and national political level.

Forward-Looking Projects could also indicate how other EU funding opportunities (e.g. European Structural Funds, European Fund for Strategic Investment, Recover and Resilience Facility, Just Transition Fund), national and regional funding as well as private funding, can support the implementation of the project. They could take into account national and regional smart specialisation strategies and developments in the European Industrial Ecosystems.

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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, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs)
Mandatory partnershipYes
Project Partnership

The consortium must include at least 6 applicants (coordinator and full partners) from a minimum of 3 EU Member States or third countries associated to the Programme.

Affiliated entities do not count towards the minimum eligibility criteria for the consortium composition.

For at least 3 eligible countries, the consortium must include, per country:

  1. at least 1 enterprise, industry or sector representative organisation, and
  2. at least 1 vocational education and training provider, or representative organisation (at secondary and/or tertiary level).
other eligibility criteria

The applicants (coordinator and full partners) must be:

  • public or private organisations/entities that are active in the fields of education and training or in the world of work;
  • established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme (Countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are eligible).

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

Organisations from third countries not associated to the Programme can be involved as associated partners (not as coordinator or full partners).

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 duration36 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
Website

Erasmus+ National Agencies
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