As the New Year continues to roll in, here’s a great suggestion to beat the January blues: focus on your New Year resolutions and start preparing the application for your Erasmus+ project.
While you do so, we want to give you some steps to follow the process with more confidence:
1. Review all the details from our Information Sessions
Our Information Sessions were a series of events held across the UK during October and November to provide an overview of the funding opportunities available under the programme in 2017.
Visit our Information Sessions webpage and have a look at the presentations available. Presentations are sorted by sector (higher education, schools, youth, adult education and vocational education and training), and you can quickly identify which key action your project fits into.
The material could be very useful to your organisation, especially if you are one of this year’s newcomers.
2. Prepare a cup of tea and watch our webinars
Before you start filling in your Erasmus+ application, watch one of our available webinars. The recordings will take you through the application process and help you provide the correct information in your form. There is a webinar available for each sector and for specific Key Actions, and you can watch the recorded sessions any time.
If after watching our videos you still have questions, register to attend one of our live webinars and get live guidance from National Agency staff members.
Quick tip: Our team suggests that attendees should watch the recorded webinars prior to the live session. In this way, attendees have the chance to organise their notes and possible questions, making the most of the live session.
3. Read the fine print
Take your time to understand the process – it could increase the chances of a successful application. Along with the eForms on our website, you can find guidance notes for each sector and key action prepared by the National Agency. Also, refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide, particularly Part C, to ensure you understand the funding rules and eligibility criteria for your chosen activity.
4. Use the Impact+ exercise
One of the selection criteria is impact and dissemination. Our Impact+ exercise will help you to explore your project’s impact and find a way to measure it, enhancing the quality of your application.
You can organise a productive session with your partners for completing the exercise. All the materials, along with a video guide, are available on our Impact assessment resources page on our website.
5. Be inspired by other projects
If you are thinking about ideas on how to make your project unique and make it stand out from other applications, have a look at previous Erasmus+ projects. The featured case studies on our website are examples of best practice for each sector and some for cross-sector activities.
This page also shows how crucial it is for successful beneficiaries to share their story and overall experience from taking part in an Erasmus+ project, but also increase the impact of their project by sharing it with others.
6. Do not miss the deadline
Starting your Erasmus+ application early means that you will have time to go through sections carefully, be able to face any technical issues that may arise and have the right amount of time to make sure your application will be successful.
Our earliest deadline for 2017 is on Thursday 2 February for the mobility of individuals (Key Action 1) in higher education, vocational education and training, schools and adult education, plus the first round of all key actions in the field of Youth. For information on all deadlines, please check our funding deadlines webpage.
So take it step-by-step and good luck with your application!