In Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport 2014-2020, language learning and linguistic diversity are among the specific priorities.
The programme budget has been increased by almost 40 % compared to its predecessors, to almost €15 billion over seven years. An important part of Erasmus+ is reserved for mobility actions.
Depending on your occupation or what kind of organisation or association you belong to there are different opportunities available within Erasmus+:
School education opportunities for staff and institutions
Vocational education and training opportunities for students, apprentices, trainees, staff, institutions, and business
Higher Education opportunities for students, staff, institutions, and businesses
Adult Education opportunities for staff, institutions, and businesses
Jean Monnet actions aiming at promoting excellence in teaching and research in the field of EU studies
Youth cooperation to strengthen the quality of youth work and non-formal learning for young people in Europe
- Opportunities in the field of sport
Throughout the programme period, more than four million Europeans will have the opportunity to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. This is a great way to rapidly improve foreign language competences.
From 1 October 2014, the European Commission has put in place a online system for linguistic support, which is offered free of charge to participants in Erasmus+ long-term mobility actions.
Creative Europe, the European Commission's framework programme for support to the culture and media sectors, offers funding opportunities for an array of initiatives and projects that can include multilingual approaches. One of the specific strands of the programme concerns literary translation.
Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions
Within research and innovation there are opportunities available for individual research projects involving for example linguistics or other language related academic approaches through the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions.
Further opportunities are available for scientists and innovative initiatives under the programme Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It aims at taking great ideas from the lab to the market. 'Advancing the European Multilingual Experience' is an example of a multilingualism project that is currently being funded under the research programme.
Europe for Citizens
Grants are also available through the Europe for citizens programme, which aims to contribute to citizens' understanding of the EU, its history and diversity. Civil society organisations can initiate projects that foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level. The programme also promotes town twinning in Europe.