Opportunities in Europe

European Calls


a variable amount, defined by multiplying 12 500 EUR by the duration of the project (in months) and up to 450 000 EUR for projects with duration of 36 months

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:

  1. Strategic Partnerships supporting innovation: Projects are expected to develop innovative outputs, and/or engage into intensive dissemination and exploitation activities of existing and newly produced products or innovative ideas.
  2. Strategic Partnerships supporting an exchange of good practices: The primary goal is to allow organizations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to operate at transnational level, share and confront ideas, practices, and methods.
    • School Exchange Partnerships
    • Transnational Youth Initiatives


Projects may typically realize a broad range of activities, for example:

  • activities that strengthen the cooperation and networking between organizations;
  • 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 competencies 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 marginalized 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), jointly carried out by two or more groups of young people from different countries.


Duration of the projects:

  • 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 months92;
  • Partnerships in the youth field: between 6 and 36 months.

In all cases, projects must end not later than 31 August 2022.


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, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. 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 deadlines for submitting applications would be:

  • Partnerships in the fields of Higher Education, VET, School and Adult education:
    •  applicants have to submit their grant application by 21 March at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 September and 31 December of the same year.
  •  Partnerships in the youth field: applicants have to submit their grant application by:
    •  5 February at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 June and 30 September of the same year;
    •  30 April at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 September of the same year and 31 January of the following year;
    • 1 October at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 February and 31 May of the following year.
This Key Action is expected to result in the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organisational, local, regional, national or European levels.
Elegibilility of the applicants: 
As a general rule, Strategic Partnerships target the cooperation between organisations established in Programme Countries. However, organisations from Partner Countries can be involved in a Strategic Partnership, as partners (not as applicants), if their participation brings an essential added value to the project. In addition to the organisations formally participating in the project and receiving EU funds, Strategic Partnerships may also involve associated partners from the public or private sector who contribute to the implementation of specific project tasks/activities or support the dissemination and sustainability of the project.