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Erasmus+ : Preparing for the 31st Year of Calls


You may have seen in the press recently that the Erasmus programme was created 30 years ago and there have been lots of positive news stories about people’s participation, particularly following support for their studies in a different country.  What you may have seen less of is that the scheme, now known as Erasmus+, has funded innovative projects which have shared best practice in Education/Training across Europe and around the world.  Manchester Met is currently involved in 17 of these partnerships with a value of at least £813,214 to the institution.  Colleagues have had particular success in the following types of project:

  • Strategic Partnerships: These fund networks or new outputs created by partners WITHIN Europe.  Projects can help improve teaching, innovation, internationalisation and links with business/other organisations.  The scheme funds up to €450,000 over 3 years.


  • Capacity Building in Higher Education: These help tackle specific issues for Higher Education in Countries OUTSIDE Europe.  Projects can involve modernising curricula, governance and innovation (depending on the national/regional needs) by bringing together partners in the EU and the target country.  This funds up to €1m over 2 years.


  • Youth: Erasmus+ also funds Strategic Partnerships and Capacity Building Projects with Youth Organisations which can involve a University as a partner.  This scheme is sometimes under-subscribed.


The announcement of the 2018 deadlines won’t happen until mid-October but we’re expecting the majority of applications will need to be submitted in January, February and March next year.  There’s expected to be a lot of interest in these calls as they are the last ones before Brexit – though UK universities, including Manchester Met, are campaigning for continued participation in the scheme.  Therefore, in order to be successful, bids will need to be of an even higher quality.  Whilst waiting for the formal details to be published, there are some actions that can be undertaken over the summer:


  1. Identify Projects: Do you know of a problem which could be solved by sharing best practice at European level?  This could be a good time to develop a short project brief to share with project partners.


  1. Identify Partners: If you are meeting potential partners at conferences, events or even on the beach – sound them out to see if they have similar/complimentary interests in an application.


I can provide support by providing summaries of the schemes for partners, talking through project ideas and/or sitting in on calls/meetings with partners if useful.  I am available to discuss possible applications either face-to-face or via telephone/skype/email.


Dr Christopher Grinbergs ( / 0161 247 2819)


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Erasmus+ 2017 Deadlines Announced

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 (


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Call for experts in Education and Culture

European CommissionThe Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission is looking for experts in a range of areas including education, culture, youth and sport. Experts fulfil a range of roles including evaluation of proposals and monitoring of projects and will work with a range of programmes including Erasmus+ and Creative Europe.

If you are interested in getting involved, please register your interest via the EACEA participant portal.