Erasmus+ has announced its deadlines for 2017 (along with budget increases!) for applications for funding to work with partners in the EU as well as countries around the world. A table with key deadlines is below.
Erasmus+ funds multi-partner & multi-country projects that help develop education, training, youth & sport; projects from any discipline can be funded. The scheme aims to: “support European policy agenda for growth, jobs, equity and social inclusion” and tackle the big economic & social issues detailed in Europe 2020 (e.g. reducing unemployment, preventing radicalisation and promoting democracy & “European Values”). Results need to be disseminated & free to access and new reporting tools will help monitor this.
Key messages in 2017 include that languages remain important and there is a particular emphasis on integrating refugees in Europe’s education and training systems. There is increasing emphasis on sustainability of the project, particularly after the funding ends. Budget increased significantly in 2017 and due to the way that Erasmus+ is decentralised, that includes the UK proportion (€130m) which is decided in the UK. In particular, there have been increases in KA2 – Strategic Partnerships (by 20%), KA1 Mobility & KA2 involving Schools.
It is worth noting that the UK remains eligible for this scheme and the UK government has guaranteed any project which extends beyond “Brexit” in 2019. Much of the funds are allocated in the UK and reviewers have been issued special instructions & training to take no account of the UK political situation.
MMU has recently appointed a European Funding Manager who can help support your application through the internal and external processes, so do get in touch with Dr Christopher Grinbergs (firstname.lastname@example.org).