What is Erasmus+ ? IN



Erasmus+ is the European Union (EU) programme which supports projects, partnerships, events and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth and sport. The programme, which runs from 2014 to 2020, provides funding opportunities for cooperation in all these areas, both among European countries and between European countries and Partner Countries throughout the world.

 Erasmus+ recognises the importance of the extra-EU international dimension in all these areas, especially in higher education. The programme builds on the experience and success of former EU programmes in higher education (Alfa, Edulink, Erasmus Mundus and Tempus) and supports the international exchange of students, academics, ideas and good practice between institutions. Erasmus+ provides more opportunities for individuals and for organisations, simplifies the way these scholarships and grants work and adds a range of new opportunities. These new opportunities fall primarily under Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (entitled ‘Learning Mobility of Individuals’) and Key Action 2 (entitled ‘Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practice’).ardo grundtvig

The new Erasmus+ programme aims to support actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020.

Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing Erasmus+: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.

Erasmus+ replaces seven programmes bringing together 

The Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig and Jean Monnet)

The Youth in Action programme

Five international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries)

The new sport action.

 The programme has been developed by the EU’s European Commission in Brussels and is implemented by theExecutive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA) in Brussels and the National Agencies (NAs) located in each of the 33 Programme Countries (see page 5).

Funding is based on annual ‘Calls for Proposal’, which

are invitations published by or on behalf of the European Commission to present, within a given deadline, a proposal for activities that corresponds to the objectives specified

and fulfils the conditions required. Calls for Proposal are published in the Official Journal of the European Union (C series) and/or on relevant websites of the European Commission, National Agencies or Executive Agency.

 Almost EUR 16.5 billion will cover the programme as a whole for the period 2014-2020. More than 17% of this will be dedicated to the four international components of the programme described in this brochure. This budget will fund the following key results of international cooperation:

350 new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

30 000 scholarships for Joint Master Degree students and staff (minimum 75% for individuals from Partner Countries)

130 000 credit mobility scholarships for individual s to move between higher education institutions in Partner Countries and Programme Countries

1 000 capacity-building projects for higher education

 2 000 Jean Monnet projects


.What does it support?

Erasmus + provides grants for a wide range of actions and activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. The programme gives opportunities to students, trainees, staff and volunteers to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability. It supports organisations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices in the fields of education, training and youth.  Erasmus+ also includes a strong international dimension (i.e. cooperation with Partner Countries) notably in the field of higher education, which opens the programme to institutional cooperation and mobility of young people and staff worldwide. The new Sport action will support grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.


How is it managed?

The European Commission, DG Education and Culture, is in charge of the policies related to the fields of Education, Training and Youth. For more information about the E+ programme, to read policy documents and an overview of the opportunities offered, please visit the Erasmus+ website.

The actions of the Erasmus + programme are divided into decentralised actions and centralised actions.

The decentralised actions are managed in each programme country by National Agencies that are appointed by their national authorities.

The centralised actions are managed at a European level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) located in Brussels.

EACEA is in charge of the complete life-cycle management of projects, from the promotion of the programme, the analysis of the grant requests, the on-the-spot monitoring of projects, up to the dissemination of the projects' and programme's results. More about EACEA.


How to apply?

The application process for the centralised actions is initiated in one of the following ways:

Certain centralised actions are included in the General Call for proposals and the details of these actions are outlined in the Erasmus + Programme Guide. Nota bene: a corrigendum to the General Call for proposals has been published related to the submission deadlines for Key Action 2 'Strategic Partnerships'.

Specific Calls for proposals are published on this website.

Restricted Calls for proposals are relevant only to bodies nominated by the national authorities in E+ programme countries to undertake specific work (studies, management of strategic initiatives etc).

Calls for tender  are published when services are required to provide a limited number of highly specific services.

Key Actions:

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