It is an eligibility requirement for universities and other organisations whose core work is in the field of higher education to hold the ECHE in order to participate in Erasmus+.
All types of HEI can apply for the ECHE, regardless of their academic disciplines and the levels of higher education on offer (up to and including doctorates). This includes post-secondary level vocational education institutions and those offering courses at foundation/HND level or above.
It is awarded by the European Commission for the remaining duration of the Erasmus+ programme. Therefore, institutions which already hold the ECHE do not need to re-apply.
Full details on how to apply are available on the EACEA website. The deadline for submissions is 11am (UK time) on 31 March 2017.