Opportunities in Europe

European Calls


Maximum EU contribution awarded for a 2-year Knowledge Alliance: 700 000 EUR Maximum EU contribution awarded for a 3-year Knowledge Alliance: 1 000 000 EUR

Knowledge Alliances aim at strengthening Europe's innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education, business and the broader socio-economic environment.


They intend to achieve one or more of the following aims:

-develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning;

-stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and company staff;

-facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge.


The main attention is turned to projects that contribute to the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems as outlined in the 2017 EU Communication on the Renewed EU Agenda for Higher Education115, namely:


• tackling future skills mismatches and promoting excellence in skills development;

• building inclusive and connected higher education systems;

• ensuring higher education institutions contribute to innovation;

• supporting effective and efficient higher education systems.



1 Boosting innovation in higher education, business and in the broader socio-economic environment:

- jointly developing and implementing new learning and teaching methods (like new multidisciplinary curricula, learner-centred and real problem-based teaching and learning);

- organising continuing educational programmes and activities with and within companies; o jointly developing solutions for challenging issues, product and process innovation (students, professors and practitioners together).

2 Developing entrepreneurial mind-set and skills:

- creating schemes of transversal skills learning and application throughout higher education programmes developed in cooperation with enterprises aiming at strengthening employability, creativity and new professional paths; o introducing entrepreneurship education in any discipline to provide students, researchers, staff and educators with the knowledge, skills and motivation to engage in entrepreneurial activities in a variety of settings;

- opening up new learning opportunities through the practical application of entrepreneurial skills, which can involve and/or lead to the commercialisation of new services, products and prototypes, to the creation of start-ups and spin-offs.

3 Stimulating the flow and exchange of knowledge between higher education and enterprises:

- study field related activities in enterprises which are fully embedded in the curriculum, recognised and credited;

- set-ups to trial and test innovative measures;

- exchanges of students, researchers, teaching staff and company staff for a limited period; o involvement of company staff into teaching and research.



Innovation in higher education and innovation through higher education in enterprises and their socio-economic environment: innovation is considered as state-of-the-art project-specific and related to the partnerships context and analysed needs.

Sustainability of university-business cooperation.

Impact going beyond the project's lifetime and beyond the organisations involved in the Alliance. It is expected that partnership and activities persist. 



Any participating organisation established in a Programme Country can be the applicant. This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project.

Consortiums have a maximum of 6 partners.



Two or three years.