UK institutions involved in higher education (HE) which hold an Erasmus Charter For Higher Education (ECHE) can apply for funding to run collaborative projects aimed at improving HE provision. This part of Key Action 2 is managed in the UK by the British Council as part of the UK National Agency.
What activities are possible?
Strategic Partnerships in HE can last for two or three years and are a flexible way of working with partners from different countries. Strategic Partnerships in HE must focus on activities designed to improve HE provision across the participating countries. Activities could include:
- developing, testing and implementing innovative approaches and practices for study programmes, students, staff and organisations;
- facilitating the recognition and certification of skills and competences;
- training, teaching and learning activities such as intensive study programmes, blended mobility of students, joint staff training events, and teaching and training assignments.
Institutions involved in HE can also take part in cross-sector partnerships between education and training organisations and the youth sector.
Full details of these activities, including durations and eligibility criteria, are given in the Programme Guide. The European Commission has also produced some frequently asked questions for higher education students and staff (422 KB) which you can refer to.
How many partners are needed?
Strategic Partnerships in HE must include a minimum of three partners from three different Programme Countries, including the applicant organisation. The number of partners and funding will vary depending on the project’s aims and activities. Strategic Partnerships can receive a maximum of 150,000 euro in funding per year.
Who can apply?
One organisation must lead the project and make the application for funding. Any participating organisation established in a Programme Country can be the applicant (please see page 125 of the Programme Guide for a list of eligible organisations). This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project. UK organisations leading a project must apply to the UK National Agency on behalf of the partnership. HE institutions from Programme Countries involved in the partnership must hold a valid ECHE. An ECHE is not required for participating HE institutions in Partner Countries, but they will have to sign up to its principles.
How to apply
In 2018 there is one deadline for higher education Strategic Partnership funding, on Wednesday 21 March at 11am (UK time). The link to the online application form along with guidance notes will be posted here as soon as they are available. The 2017 application eForm and guidance document for completing the form are available for reference purposes only.