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Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education

Erasmus + Key Action 2
Minimum grant for Joint and Structural projects: 500 000€, Maximum grant: 1 000 000€

Capacity-building Projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions (HEIs) from Programme and eligible Partner Countries financed through the above-mentioned instruments. They can also involve non-academic partners to strengthen the links with society and business and to reinforce the systemic impact of the projects.


Two categories of Capacity-building projects are supported:
Joint Projects: aimed at producing outcomes that benefit principally and directly the organisations from eligible Part-ner Countries involved in the project. These projects typically focus on three different types of activities:

  • curriculum development;
  • modernisation of governance, management and functioning of HEIs;
  • strengthening of relations between HEIs and the wider economic and social environment.

Structural Projects: aimed at producing an impact on higher education systems and promoting reforms at national and/or regional level in the eligible Partner Countries. These projects typically focus on two different categories of activities:

  •  modernisation of policies, governance and management of higher education systems;
  •  strengthening of relations between higher education systems and the wider economic and social environment. Capacity-building projects can be implemented as:
  •  National projects, i.e. projects involving institutions from only one eligible Partner Country;
  •  Multi-country projects within one single region, involving at least two countries from this region;
  •  Multi-country projects involving more than one region, involving at least one country from each region concerned.


The duration can last 2 or 2 years, it must be chosen at application stage, based on the objective of the project and on the type of activities foreseen over time.


The following Programme Countries can fully take part in all Erasmus+ Programme actions:

— the Member States of the European Union, — the EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway,

— EU candidate countries: Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

In addition, certain Erasmus+ Programme actions are open to organisations from partner countries. Please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for further details on the modalities of participation.

For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. 


Deadline for submission of applications February the 8th 2018 (12:00 CET Midday Brussels time).



This action which aims to support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in the Partner Countries is to be carried out in the context of the priorities identified in the Communications “Increasing the impact of EU Development Policy: an Agenda for Change” and “European Higher Education in the World”. This action contributes to the development of sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth in Partner Countries and should ensure development and EU external actions objectives and principles, including national ownership, social cohesion, equity, proper geographical balance and diversity. Special attention will be given to the least developed countries as well as to disadvantaged students from poor socio-economic backgrounds and to students will special needs.
Elegibilility of the applicants: 
Partner Countries belonging to Regions 1 to 4 and 6 to 11 included (see section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of the guide attached). A participating organisation can be: any public or private organisation, with its affiliated entities (if any), offering full pro-grammes leading to higher education degrees and recognised diplomas at tertiary education qualifications level (defined as higher education institution and recog-nised as such by the competent authorities); or any public or private organisation, with its affiliated entities (if any), active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth.