The call aims to support an EU-wide network of relevant organisations to promote co-operation and the development and implementation in the field of key competences, including the improvement of basic skills. The network will be expected to strengthen cross-European cooperation between public authorities and associations stakeholders and practitioners, higher education institutions, research bodies, foundations and other organisations on the promotion of competence-oriented education.

The Commission intends to support the network through a four-year framework partnership agreement, which will set out the conditions governing annual grants for an action.


11 May 2018




The Commission conducted in 2016/2017 a review of the 2006 Recommendation of Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. The review confirmed that the Recommendation had contributed to the move towards more competence-oriented teaching and learning, but that a more strategic and comprehensive approach to key competence development in school education is needed. Key competences should be acquired by young people at the end of their compulsory education and training and by adults throughout their lives, through a process of developing and updating skills. Early acquisition of key competences helps to develop a variety of competences and skills throughout life; basic skills are a pre-requisite for the development of all other key competences.

The network will be expected to promote the key competences approach in the area of school education, including the raising of basic skills levels among children and young people. It will build on existing work developed at European level, especially initiatives and projects supported by European Union education programmes.

The network should represent a broad geographic scope and a balance of different education systems, and a variety of backgrounds of participating institutions and associations, from policy, practice and research. Focus is on the general education of children and young people (0-18 years), an exchange with other education sectors could be an asset, but should not constitute the core activities under this partnership agreement.


Please fill in the application form, including annexes, and provide the relevant supporting documents - all listed below

  • Annex I Declaration of honour: .doc - .odt - .pdf
  • Annex II Mandate letters (if applicable): .doc - .odt - .pdf
  • Annex III Indicative overall budget for the entire duration of the Framework Partnership Agreement: .xls - .pdf
  • Annex IV List of previous projects: .doc - .odt - .pdf
  • Annex V List of CVs: .doc - .odt - .pdf
  • Model annual work programme for the Specific Grant Agreement (please fill in) : .doc - .odt - .pdf
  • Model estimated budget for the Specific Grant Agreement (please fill in): .xls - .pdf
  • Checklist for applicants (for information)

The model Framework Partnership Agreement and model annexes listed below are for information only and not to be filled in

Please check the site regularly for possible updates!


The contact point for any questions is: (Questions should be sent at the latest 6 days before the application deadline)

An information webinar on the call for proposals took place on 16 January 2018:

Other relevant information:

  1. European Commission: School policy: Key competences:
  2. Review of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning:
  3. Press release and key document on the newly adopted Proposal for a Council Recommendation on Key competences for lifelong learning, COM(2018)24

Questions and answers EAC/S37/2017 (PDF) (version 6 of 4.5.2018)