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Framework Partnership Agreement with a European policy network in the field of the key competences

€ 300,000.00 The grant is limited to a maximum co-funding rate of 75% of eligible costs.

The network will be expected to promote the key competencies approach in the area of school education, including the raising of basic skills levels among children and young people. It will build on existing work developed at European level, especially initiatives and projects supported by European Union education programmes.


The specific objectives comprise the following:

1. Create and continuously develop a sustainable and inclusive network to facilitate dialogue and co-operation among experts from policy, research and practice. 

2. Analyse and co-create knowledge on the opportunities, challenges and policy approaches in different education systems with a view to supporting policy development and implementation as well as to informing the Commission's policy work on competence oriented education, training and learning and in helping young people to acquire and develop key competencies including improvement of their basic skills (literacy and numeracy);

3. Identify, share and promote good policy practice and stimulate innovation in policy development and implementation at different governance levels. 

4. Disseminate results and recommendations within and beyond the network, and inform EU-level debate, including co-operation under Education and Training 2020. 

5. Contribute to content development for the European Commission's dissemination tools, including the School Education Gateway, an online platform for school education and especially the Toolkit for Schools. 

6. Monitor and evaluate activities of the network on the basis of concrete, measurable indicators for their impact; this work should be supported through external evaluation.


Activities eligible for this call are:

  •  Creation and further development of the network; cooperation with partner institutions and organizations inside and outside the network;
  •  Activities aiming to develop, test, adapt and adopt/implement innovative policy and practice;
  •  Exchange of experiences and good practice, peer learning activities, peer reviews, study visits and workshops; organization of conferences and seminars;
  •  Joint research, surveys, studies and analyses in the thematic area of the call, including country analysis or mapping of approaches and practices; analysis of recent or ongoing reforms;
  •  Awareness raising and dissemination of results;
  •  Reporting, evaluation and monitoring of network activities.


The network should represent:

  • a broad geographic scope and a balance of different education systems;
  • a variety of backgrounds and expertise of participating institutions and associations, balancing policy-making, practice and research; and
  •  broad expertise in competence development and competence-oriented education, training and learning


The network should have partners from at least 15 countries. Eligible countries are the Erasmus+ programme countries. 

For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, British applicants will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article II.17.2 of the agreement.


The deadline for submitting applications is May the 11th 

The overall objective of this call is to support an EU-wide network of relevant organizations (policymakers, practitioners, researchers and stakeholders) to promote cooperation, the development and implementation of policy at different governance levels and support the Commission's work on the development of key competencies in the area of school education.
Elegibilility of the applicants: 
Only applications from legal entities established in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries are eligible. Also, the coordinating applicant has to be registered as a legal entity in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries. Eligible applicants are associations, foundations and other similar national or international bodies; national education centres; ministries of education and/or training; social partner organisations (unions and employer organisations); higher education institutions and research centres.