More funding, more opportunities! Prepare for the 2018 Erasmus+ calls

The European Commission has adopted the Erasmus+ 2018 Annual Work Programme, marking the beginning of the process to launch all the Erasmus+ calls for 2018. Learn about the extra funding and new opportunities.

In 2018 Erasmus+ will build on positive achievements from the last 5 years. The Erasmus+ budget will increase to more than €2.7 billion, enabling more participants to fully enjoy the opportunities offered by this programme. This amount corresponds to a 5.8% increase compared to 2017.

Recent policy developments in the fields of education, training, youth and sport will have an important impact on the programme in 2018. In particular, some of the activities supported until now by the European Voluntary Service will now fall under the umbrella of the recently created European Solidarity Corps.

In addition, some of the main novelties for 2018 are:

  • A new activity labelled ‘ErasmusPRO’ will support long-duration mobility (between 3 and 12 months) of VET learners in vocational institutes or companies.
  • The ‘Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange initiative’ will support virtual exchanges between young people from EU and non-EU countries (in the Middle East and North Africa regions), building upon the pilot developed in 2017.
  • In the field of higher education, additional support will be provided for traineeships in digital skills.
  • Following up on the Paris Declaration and the success of a similar call in 2017, there will be a special call to support transnational cooperation projects in the field of social inclusion, values and fundamental rights.
  • In the field of Sport, the programme will contribute to cooperation with the Council of Europe, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Football Information Points (NFIP) network, through dedicated projects that tackle priorities such as gender equality, match-fixing and violence in sport.

Improving technical aspects of Erasmus+

Further efforts will be made in 2018 to optimise, stabilise and improve the performance and user-friendliness of the IT tools supporting the implementation of the programme, in particular those used by the beneficiaries of Erasmus+. These efforts will facilitate access to the programme, notably for new participants and small entities applying for funding.

For further information, please refer to the full 2018 Annual Work Programme.

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