A central action for international outreach

Erasmus+ provides an opportunity to increase the international outreach of an organisation or institution, enhancing the international dimension of education and training. This allows an increased attractiveness of higher education in Europe and allows institutions to compete on the higher education market worldwide. 

Within the field of Sport there is particular focus on grassroots sports, collaborative projects and not-for-profit European sports events, ultimately leading to increased levels of participation in sport, physical activity and voluntary activity. Such opportunities are available through Centralised activities of the Erasmus+ programme.

At one of our recent information sessions, a number of delegates asked us to explain the opportunities available for centralised actions, and what this means for them. Here is an overview of the different centralised opportunities.

At European level, the European Commission's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (Executive Agency) is responsible for the implementation of the centralised actions of the Erasmus+ Programme. The Executive Agency is responsible for activities under the following actions;

(KA1) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD)

EMJMD are high-level integrated international study programmes delivered by consortia of higher education institutions that award full degree scholarships to master students worldwide.

(KA2) Knowledge Alliances

Knowledge alliance projects are transnational, structured and result-driven activities, notably between higher education institutions and enterprises. Projects supported under the action aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, employability, knowledge exchange and/or multidisciplinary teaching and learning.

(KA2) Sector Skills Alliances

By identifying sector specific labour needs and demand for new skills, Sector Skills Alliance projects support the design and delivery of joint vocational training curricula, programmes and teaching as well as training methodologies.

(KA2) Capacity building in the field of higher education

This action supports the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education. It supports social cohesion, equity, proper geographical balance and diversity.

(KA2) Capacity building in the field of youth

Capacity building projects in the field of youth cover a range of activities that foster cooperation and exchange between programme and partner countries as well as improving quality and recognition of youth work.

Jean Monnet activities

Jean Monnet activities aim to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. The actions also aim at fostering the dialogue between the academic world and policy makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies. 


To develop the European dimension in sport the Erasmus+ programme supports the following actions; Collaborative Partnerships, Small Collaborative Partnerships and Not-for-profit European sport events. The activities under each action will better promote grassroots sport as well as promoting good governance. In 2015 the European Commission successfully launched the first ever European Week of Sport and 2016 will see promotion of events during the 2016 European Week of Sport as well as other events not related to the initiative.

If you are an organisation or institution interested in applying for funding for a project under one of these actions you can visit the EACEA website where you can find the call for proposals. The list of centralised deadlines is also available to download from our website.


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