We understand that the terms used in a European programme like Erasmus+ can sometimes be confusing, especially if you are new to the programme. So if you are unsure about the difference between a 'contractor' and a 'co-ordinator', please consult our handy glossary of terms below:


The organisation that submits a funding application on behalf of a group / consortium of partners. There can only be one applicant per project.


When a project is approved for funding, the applicant becomes the beneficiary of the Erasmus+ grant.


The period when applications can be made.

centralised action

A funding strand or sub-strand of Erasmus+ that is managed at a European level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) located in Brussels, Belgium.


A particular set of skills / knowledge.


Two or more organisations teaming up to deliver a project. They can be from the same country or different countries.


If an application is successful, the applicant organisation for a project becomes the contractor.


An organisation applying for Erasmus+ funding on behalf of a consortium.

decentralised action

A funding strand or sub-strand of Erasmus+ that is managed in each programme country by National Agencies that are appointed by the National Authority.


In the context of European Union funding, this refers to a budget linked to a specific funding instrument.

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education

Higher education institutions must hold this Charter to take part in Erasmus+.


In the context of European Union funding, this refers to a funding category within a specific budget.

intellectual output

An activity that results in tangible and meaningful outcomes such as publications and course materials.

Key Action

The title of the three strands of Erasmus+ funding available.


A project where participants go to another country to study, train, volunteer etc. for a set period.

multiplier event

An event that is organised to share the intellectual outputs of a project with a wider audience.

National Agency

The organisation that manages Erasmus+ in a particular country.


An individual who takes part in a project through a participating organisation.

Organisation Registration System

This is a European Commission website where all organisations involved in an application must register beforehand.

participating organisation

An organisation or group involved in an Erasmus+ project.

Partner Country

A country which does not participate fully in Erasmus+ but may take part in certain Actions. Partner Countries are listed in the Programme Guide.

partner organisation

An organisation involved in a project but not taking the role of applicant.

Programme Country

EU or non-EU countries participating fully in Erasmus+. Programme Countries are listed in the Programme Guide.

Programme Guide

The European Commission’s publication giving details of Erasmus+ funding and criteria.


A set of activities with pre-defined objectives, dissemination and results.


The time-specific period when funding is open for applications.


Describes a project or activity involving at least two Programme Countries.


United Kingdom National Agency. In the UK, the National Agency is a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.

virement The process of transferring items from one financial account to another.

virtual mobility

Activities supported by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that enable international teaching, training or learning.

young people

In the context of Erasmus+ this refers to people aged 13-30.