Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.
Depending on the objectives and the composition of the Strategic Partnership, projects may be of two types:
- Strategic Partnerships supporting innovation
- Strategic Partnerships supporting exchange of good practices:
- School Exchange Partnerships
- Transnational Youth Initiatives
Depending on the type of Strategic Partnership, projects may typically realise a broad range of activities, for example:
- activities that strengthen the cooperation and networking between organisations;
- testing and/or implementation of innovative practices in the field of education, training and youth;
- activities that facilitate the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and competences acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning;
- activities of cooperation between regional authorities to promote the development of education, training and youth systems and their integration in actions of local and regional development;
- activities to support learners with disabilities/special needs to complete education cycles and facilitate their transition into the labour market, including by combating segregation and discrimination in education for marginalised communities;
- activities to better prepare and deploy the education and training of professionals for equity, diversity and inclusion challenges in the learning environment;
- activities to promote the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants and raise awareness about the refugee crisis in Europe;
- transnational initiatives fostering entrepreneurial mindsets and skills, to encourage active citizenship and entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship),
The duration of the projects depends on the kind of strategic partnership:
- Partnerships in the field of higher education: between 24 and 36 months;
- Partnerships in the field of VET, school education and adult education: between 12 and 36 months;
- Partnerships in the youth field: between 6 and 36 months.
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.
The deadline for submitting applications is by 21 March at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 September and 31 December of the same year. Orgatizations should apply to the National Agency of the country in which the applicant organisation is established. Per deadline, the same consortium of partners can submit only one application and to one National Agency only.