The call for proposals under the new Erasmus+ programme has been published. The call is open to public or private bodies in the fields of education, training, youth and/or sport. Proposals will be accepted starting in January 2014.
Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. It combines and replaces 7 existing EU programmes including Comenius and Leonardo da Vinci. It is a seven-year programme (2014-2020) that comes into effect in January 2014. The current call for proposals is for projects with a duration of 2-3 years. The call for proposals covers three Key Actions:
- Learning mobility of individuals, including mobility for education or training purposes, joint master degrees, and large-scale voluntary service events
- Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, such as strategic partnerships, knowledge alliances, sector skills alliances, and capacity building
- Support for policy reform, including structure dialogue and Jean Monnet activities.
A new focus area in Erasmus+ is sport; proposals are solicited for collaborative partnerships in sporting organizations and not-for-profit sporting events. The programme’s budget will be €14.7 billion over 7 years, which is a 40% increase over the budgets of the programs it replaces, despite an overall decrease in the EU budget. The total budget for the 2014 call for proposals is estimated at €1 507,3 million. Eureopean Commissioner Androulla Vassilliou commented after the European Parliament voted to approve the Erasmus+ budget: “By bringing together the various programs under one umbrella, we will make it easier for applicants to understand the range of opportunities available for EU funding in the education, training, youth and sport sectors and Erasmus will provide more grants across the board.” The deadlines for applications vary according to the actions. The first deadlines are in mid-March. More information about the programme and call for proposals is available on the Erasmus+ website and in the programme guide.
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