May 05, 2021

Partnerships for Innovation: Alliances (ERASMUS-EDU-2021-PI-ALL-INNO) LOT 1


Main purpose: This call finances partnerships comprising actors from higher education, vocational education and training (both initial and continuous), and the broader socio-economic environment, including research, that aim to:

  • foster 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;
  • foster corporate social responsibility (e.g. equity, inclusion, climate change, environmental protection and sustainable development);
  • improve the quality and relevance of skills developed and certified through education and training systems (including new skills and tackling skills mismatches);
  • facilitate the flow and co-creation of knowledge between higher education and vocational education and training, research, the public sector and the business sector;
  • build and support effective and efficient higher education and vocational education and training systems, which are connected and inclusive, and contribute to innovation;
  • support the development of a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mind-sets in the EU.

These partnerships between education and enterprises are transnational and shall implement a coherent and comprehensive set of sectoral or cross-sectoral activities, which should be adaptable to future knowledge developments across the EU. The focus must be on confronting societal and economic challenges such as: climate change, changing demographics, digitalisation, artificial intelligence and rapid employment changes, and the output must relate to social innovation, community resilience and labour market innovation.

Note that this specific funding opportunity was presented during the EVPA Policy Webinar about the European Pact for Skills. Please consult minutes 26:59 to 30:35 about LOT 1 of the recording of the webinar.

Programme: Erasmus+ Programme

Institution: European Commission - European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Deadline: 7 September 2021

Budget: 61 million EUR

Financing type: Lump sum grant

Who is eligible: Partnerships must cover at least 4 Programme countries, involving a minimum of 8 full partners. The partnership 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/or HEIs), as full partners. There should be at least one HE institution and one VET provider involved as full partner in each proposal. Organisations looking for partners are advertised here.

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