The deadlines and procedures for the 2019 Erasmus+ projects has been announced by the British Council and the European Commission; a summary of the deadlines can be found here. This post outlines the support available at Manchester Met and some of the key aspects of the 2019 calls.
Support at Manchester Met
Support is available from the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office to help prepare applications to the project-based schemes including assessing the strategic fit with the scheme, supporting the development of the application including the budget and ensuring the bid is signed off. To help this process, please note the following dates:
- 30 November 2018: Please notify firstname.lastname@example.org of your interest in applying so we can discuss the support available.
If Manchester Met is leading a project:
- 1 month before the deadline: Peer Review should have started.
- 10 days before the deadline: Signed partner mandates received, WorkTribe Approval started. RKE will then facilitate signature on the bid & mandates ahead of the funder’s deadline.
If Manchester Met is a partner on a project:
- 10 days before the deadline: WorkTribe Approval started. RKE will then facilitate signature on the bid & mandates ahead of the funder’s deadline. If the coordinator requires the mandate sooner, approval should start 10 days ahead of their deadline to allow time for approval & signature.
For some of the key schemes, here are the key dates:
|Peer Review Deadline||Man Met Internal Approval||Funder Deadline (11am UK time)|
|Capacity Building (Higher Education)||7 January 2019
|24 January 2019||7 February 2019|
|Knowledge Alliances||28 January 2019||13 February 2019||28 February 2019|
|Strategic Partnerships (Higher Education)||18 February 2019||6 March 2019||21 March 2019|
NB For all mobility related inquiries please contact Natalie Cunningham in the International Office (N.Cunningham@mmu.ac.uk).
Key Changes to the 2019 Call
This is the 6th set of calls under the scheme which is due to end at the end of 2020 and therefore there are only minimal changes to the scheme. However, some of the changes include:
- Applications for most schemes will be managed via an online portal. Full details are emerging but support will be available both from the British Council and Manchester Met staff in due course.
- The UK’s budget has increased though there is a particular drive to make sure funds are used by schools and other non-Higher Education institutions.
- There are specialist funds for partnerships with Japan and additional funds for Serbia as a new Programme Country.
- A pilot scheme to help create pan-European alliances with joint strategy, management structures and activities run by 5-8 universities. These require a significant strategic fit at institutional level.
- The British Council has previously emphasised the following themes for 2019: (1) Tackling skills gaps and mismatches; (2) Promoting and rewarding excellence in teaching and skills development; and (3) Promoting more flexible and innovative learning.
As explained in this blog post: the UK remains eligible and – subject to the UK securing an exit deal – UK Higher Education Institutions will be able to participate throughout the scheme’s life.
To discuss any of the above, please contact email@example.com