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Alliances for Education and Enterprises
Erasmus+ - Key Action 2 – Cooperation among Organisations and Institutions
Estimated EU contribution per project
max. EU grant per project: € 1,000,000.00 - 1,500,000.00
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Alliances for Innovation aim to strengthen Europe’s innovation capacity by boosting innovation through cooperation and flow of knowledge among higher education, vocational education and training (both initial and continuous), and the broader socio-economic environment, including research.
They also aim to boost the provision of new skills and address skills mismatches by designing and creating new curricula for higher education (HE) and vocational education and training (VET), supporting the development of a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mind-sets in the EU.
These partnerships shall implement a coherent and comprehensive set of sectoral or cross-sectoral activities, which should be adaptable to future knowledge developments across the EU.
To boost innovation, the focus will be on talent and skills development. Firstly, digital competences have become increasingly important in all job profiles across the entire labour market. Secondly, the transition to a circular and greener economy needs to be underpinned by changes to qualifications and national education and training curricula to meet emerging professional needs for green skills and sustainable development. Thirdly, the twin digital and green transition requires an accelerated adoption of new technologies, in particular in the highly innovative deep tech domains, across all sectors of our economy and society.
Alliances for Education and Enterprises are transnational, structured and result-driven projects, in which partners share common goals and work together to foster innovation, new skills, a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mind-sets.
They aim to foster innovation in higher education, vocational education and training, enterprises and the broader socio- economic environment. This includes confronting societal and economic challenges such as climate change, changing demographics, digitalisation, the emergence of new, disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and rapid employment changes through social innovation and community resilience, as well as labour market innovation.
Alliances for Education and Enterprises bring together enterprises and both higher education and vocational training providers to work together in partnership. Operating within one economic sector or several different economic sectors, they create reliable and sustainable relations and demonstrate their innovative and transnational character in all aspects. While each partnership must include at least one VET and one higher education organisation, they can address either both or one of these educational fields. The cooperation between VET and higher education organisations should be relevant and should benefit both sectors.
Expected effects and impacts
- Fostering new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning: fostering innovation in education design and delivery, teaching methods, assessment techniques, learning environments and/or developing new skills;
- Supporting skills development in the deep tech domains; supporting Europe’s innovation capacity by broadening its talent pool in these new, disruptive technologies;
- Fostering the setting up of incubators within education and training institutions across Europe;
- Fostering corporate social responsibility (e.g. equity, inclusion, climate change, environmental protection and sustainable development);
- Stimulating a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial attitudes, mind-sets and skills in learners, educational staff and other workers, in line with the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp);
- Improving the quality and relevance of skills developed and certified through education and training systems (including new skills and tackling skills mismatches);
- Facilitating the flow and co-creation of knowledge between higher education and vocational education and training, research, the public sector and the business sector;
- Building and supporting effective and efficient higher education and vocational education and training systems, which are connected and inclusive, and contribute to innovation.
Regions / countries for funding
Island (Ísland), Liechtenstein, North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Türkiye
Education 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), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
Alliances for Education and Enterprises must cover at least 4 EU Member States or third countries associated to the Programme, involving a minimum of 8 applicants (coordinator and full partners). The consortium must include at least 3 labour market actors (enterprises or companies, or representative intermediary organisations, such as chambers, trade unions or trade associations) and at least 3 education and training providers (VET and HEIs), as applicants (coordinator and full partners). There should be at least one HE institution and one VET provider involved as applicants (coordinator and full partners) in each proposal.
Affiliated entities do not count towards the minimum eligibility criteria for the consortium composition.
other eligibility criteria
The applicants (coordinator and full partners) must be:
- public or private organisations;
- Higher education institutions, VET providers, Networks of VET providers, Small and medium-sized or large enterprises (including social enterprises), Research institutes, Non-governmental organisations, Public bodies at local, regional or national level, Organisations active in education, training and youth, Intermediaries that represent education, training or youth organisations or enterprises, Accreditation, certification, recognition or qualification bodies, Chambers of commerce, industry or labour, chambers of skilled crafts, European or national social partners, Hospitals or other care institutions, including long-term care, Authorities responsible for education, training or employment at regional or national level, Employment services, National statistics offices, Economic development agencies, Sectoral or professional associations, Sector skills councils, Bodies providing career guidance, professional counselling, information services and employment services;
- be established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme
Organisations from third countries not associated to the Programme may also participate as full partners but not as coordinator.
Exception: organisations from Belarus (Region 2) and the Russian Federation (Region 4) are not eligible to participate in this action.
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). An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in third countries not associated to the Programme.
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)
24 or 36 months
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.