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Leonardo da Vinci Programme: Types of activity

The EU supports different types of activity, with some managed and selected at national level: transfer of innovation, preparatory visits for mobility projects, partnership projects and transfer of innovation projects, mobility of individuals. And others at European level: development of innovation, thematic networks of experts and organisations working on specific issues related to vocational education and training, accompanying measures.

Projects at national level

Mobility projects

  • Mobility of Individuals - Transnational Placements in Enterprises or Training Institutions for Trainees in Initial Vocational Training (IVT)
    You are currently an apprentice, pupil in vocational training or a trainee (but not in higher education)? The Mobility for Trainees in Initial Vocational Training (IVT) action aims at the support of transnational mobility of persons undergoing initial vocational education and training. Individuals benefit from a training period or work experience placement in an organisation outside their home country. Runners at the starting line (drawing)
  • Mobility of Individuals - Transnational Placements in Enterprises or Training Institutions for People in the Labour Market
    The Transnational Placements in Enterprises or Training Institutions action aims to support transnational mobility of workers, self employed or people available for employment (including graduates) undergoing a training period abroad in a vocational training context.
  • Mobility of Individuals; Placement and Exchanges - Mobility for Professionals in Vocational Education and Training (VETPRO)
    The Mobility for Professionals in Vocational Education and Training (VETPRO) action supports transnational mobility of persons responsible for vocational training and/or human resources e.g. professionals in vocational education and training (such as teachers, trainers, vocational training staff, guidance counsellors, those responsible for training establishments, for training planning, occupational guidance within enterprises, human resource managers in enterprises,...).

Partnership projects

Partnerships focus on themes of mutual interest to the participating organisations. A Leonardo da Vinci Partnership is a framework for small-scale cooperation activities between organisations working in the field of vocational education and training (VET), which agree to work together on themes of mutual interest. As well as VET schools or institutions, partners may also be enterprises, social partners or other VET stakeholders. They can cooperate at national, regional or local level, but also at sector level, such as within VET fields or economic sectors.

Transfer of innovation (multilateral projects)


Multilateral projects aim at improving training systems through the transfer of innovative products and processes developed in one country to another country, involving linguistic, cultural and legal adaptation to national requirements. The process of transferring innovative content ideally includes the identification and analysis of targeted user requirements; selection and analysis of innovative content to meet these requirements; adaptation to the culture, needs and requirements of potential new users. The benefit is that the participant has direct access to best practices and knowledge developed and tested elsewhere.

Preparatory Visits for Mobility Projects, Partnership Projects and Transfer of Innovation Projects - Mobility of individuals

To contact and meet suitable partner institutions and/or develop a work plan in order to prepare a grant application is a pre-condition, both for good project management and for the personal benefit of the individual participants. The objective of the " Preparatory visits" action is to help institutions eligible for the Leonardo da Vinci programme who wish to establish a new Mobility project, Partnership project or Transfer of Innovation Project (as outlined above) to organise such visits and to provide the budget for it. Any institution wishing to establish a new project in the Leonardo da Vinci actions concerned may apply for a grant to enable staff members to undertake a preparatory visit.

Projects managed at European Level

For further information on these types of projects, please contact the Executive Agency, which manages the programme on behalf of the Commission.

Development of Innovation (multilateral projects)

These multilateral projects are designed to improve training systems by focusing on the development of innovation. They aim to produce innovative results, with new and distinctive features, distinguishing them from others. They should add value in comparison to conventional solutions - in other words developing a new solution to cope with a challenge common to several countries in the educational area.

Thematic networks of experts and organisations working on specific issues related to vocational education and training

The aims of Leonardo da Vinci Thematic Networks are to strengthen the link between the various actors involved in vocational training, to improve the quality, European dimension and visibility of activities or issues of common interest in the field of vocational and educational training.

Accompanying measures

Accompanying measures (communication activities, thematic monitoring of projects and dissemination and exploitation of project results) support various activities which, though not eligible under the main sub-programmes, clearly contribute to achieving the Lifelong Learning Programme's objectives, communication activities and events for the dissemination and exploitation of results.

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Calls for proposals are published each year. Deadlines vary depending on the type of project.

To obtain the latest information contact the national agency in your country of origin to learn about the deadlines and practicalities in your own language. The national agencies are financed jointly by the European Commission and national governments. Their role is to provide information, support, training and advice to potential participants. Their services are in most cases free of charge.

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