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Erasmus+

The EU programme 2014-2020 for:
Education, Training, Youth, and Sport

Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020.

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The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU's commitment to investing in these areas.

Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.

Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.

It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.

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It figures that over 4 million people can benefit from Erasmus+,

but where would you find the key number: the overall budget?

Prolongation of submission deadline for applications for accreditation and mobility projects

Following the difficulties that organisations have been experiencing in particular with the Participant Portal over the last period and although no technical blocking problems exist anymore at this point in time according to our knowledge, the deadline of 17 March 12:00 midday has been postponed until 24 March 12:00 midday (Brussels time) to give applicants more time to finalise their application.

This prolongation concerns the following actions managed by National Agencies:

  • KA101 – School Education - staff mobility
  • KA102 – Vocational Education and Training - learner and staff mobility
  • KA103 - Higher Education - student and staff mobility
  • KA104 - Adult Education - staff mobility
  • KA105 - Youth – mobility of youth workers and young people
  • KA108 – Higher Education - Accreditation of Higher Education Mobility Consortia

Submissions in this period will be marked with the flag “LATE” in the application forms. However, applicants should not worry: even with this flag, applications submitted until 24 March 12:00 midday (Brussels time) will be considered as formally eligible with regard to timely submission.

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Erasmus+ Programme Guide published

The Erasmus+ Programme Guidepdf(1.52 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  , published in January 2014, is available for individuals and organisations wishing to apply for funding in 2014. Applicants seeking further information on the process can contact their National Agency for further information.

Version 2 of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide was published on 27 February 2014. The following main changes are:

  • Advanced project start date for mobility projects in the fields of Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training, School Education and Adult Education (Part B)
  • Corrected link to the Participant Portal (Part C)
  • Revised selection procedure for Joint Masters Degrees (Annex 1)

Version 3 of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide was published on 09 April 2014, including as only change the postponement of the application deadline for Sport actions from 15 May 2014 to 26 June 2014.

Organisations are invited to submit applications on-line to the National Agency in the relevant country or to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels.

Individuals cannot apply directly for grants and should, instead, contact their university, college, or organisation.

Model of e-Form

A model of the e-Form is available for consultation to assist with preparations for applications.

KA1 - Learning Mobility of Individuals

KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

KA3 – Support for Policy Reform

For grant support to travel costs in the Erasmus+ Programme, travel distances must be calculated using the distance calculator

All organisations taking part in a project must be registered in the Unique Registration Facility (URF). Organisations should register in URF through the Participant Portal. The detailed process is described in the URF and Participant Portal guidepdf(2.73 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  .

If applicable, a partner organisation must sign a mandate by which the coordinator is authorised to act in its name during the implementation of the project. A template of the mandatedoc(45 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  with guidelines on its use is available.

Technical guidelinespdf(3.42 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  to help applicants complete the electronic forms for actions managed by National Agencies.

Template for the timetable of activities Choose translations of the previous link  that must be attached to the application form for Key Action 1: Mobility of young people and youth workers.

Template for the timetable of activitiesxls(63 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  that must be attached to the application form for Strategic Partnerships.

Template for the timetable of activities Choose translations of the previous link  that must be attached to the application form for Key Action 3: Structured Dialogue - meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth.

Guide for expertspdf(710 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  on quality assessment of grant applications for actions managed by National Agencies

Key figures: Erasmus+ (2014-2020)

Overall budget

€14.7 billion

Additional funds will be allocated for funding the actions with third countries (partner countries), but the decision will probably be taken in 2014.

Overall mobility opportunities

More than 4 million people

Higher Education

Around 2 million students

Vocational Education and Training students

Around 650,000 students

Staff mobility

Around 800,000 lecturers, teachers, trainers, Education staff and Youth workers

Volunteer and Youth exchange schemes

More than 500,000 young people

Master's degree loan guarantee scheme

Around 200,000 students

Joint Master Degrees

More than 25,000 students

Strategic Partnerships

Around 25,000 linking together
125 000 schools, vocational Education and Training institutions, higher and adult Education institutions, Youth organisations and enterprises

Knowledge Alliances

More than 150 set up by 1500 higher Education institutions and enterprises

Sector Skills Alliances

More than 150 set up by 2000 vocational Education and Training providers and enterprises

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Press materials

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Prolongation of submission deadline for applications for accreditation and mobility projects

Following the difficulties that organisations have been experiencing in particular with the Participant Portal over the last period and although no technical blocking problems exist anymore at this point in time according to our knowledge, the deadline of 17 March 12:00 midday has been postponed until 24 March 12:00 midday (Brussels time) to give applicants more time to finalise their application.

This prolongation concerns the following actions managed by National Agencies:

  • KA101 – School Education - staff mobility
  • KA102 – Vocational Education and Training - learner and staff mobility
  • KA103 - Higher Education - student and staff mobility
  • KA104 - Adult Education - staff mobility
  • KA105 - Youth – mobility of youth workers and young people
  • KA108 – Higher Education - Accreditation of Higher Education Mobility Consortia

Submissions in this period will be marked with the flag “LATE” in the application forms. However, applicants should not worry: even with this flag, applications submitted until 24 March 12:00 midday (Brussels time) will be considered as formally eligible with regard to timely submission.

Find out more

Information Note on the Participation of Switzerland in Erasmus+

On 9 February 2014, the popular vote by the people and the cantons in favour of changing Switzerland's system of immigration called into question the principle of free movement of persons between the EU and Switzerland.

While implementing legislation for this popular vote will now have to be enacted by the Swiss Federal Council within three years, the referendum explicitly prevents the government from concluding any new international agreement contrary to this initiative. Hence, as an immediate consequence, the Federal Council is not in a position to sign the Protocol extending the EU-Swiss agreement on the free movement of persons to Croatia, which joined the Union on 1 July 2013 as new Member State, and is analysing the different implications.

The EU has always made clear that there is a close link between Swiss participation in Erasmus+ and the Protocol, as the programme is closely linked to the free movement of persons (exchange of researchers and students). Given the current circumstances, the EU and the Swiss authorities have agreed to suspend on-going negotiations on Swiss participation in Erasmus+ and took note of the impossibility of signing an agreement in time for the signing of contracts with beneficiaries selected under the 2014 calls for proposals.

Therefore, as foreseen in the Erasmus+ Regulation, until such an agreement is signed, Switzerland will not participate in Erasmus+ on an equal footing with Member States (i.e. as a "Programme Country") as initially envisaged, but will rather enjoy the same status as other third countries (i.e. as a "Partner Country").

List of activities open to Swiss participation

ActivityDeadlineWhere to submit?
Joint Master Degrees **27 March 2014EACEA
Knowledge alliances, sector skills alliances**3 April 2014EACEA
Strategic partnerships in education, training and youth**30 April 2014 (all)
1 October 2014 (only youth)
National Agency
Jean Monnet *26 March 2014EACEA
Sport collaborative Partnerships**15 May 2014EACEA

* as applicant or partner organisation
** as partner organisation

Concerning the various activities mentioned, you may wish to contact: