Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education are transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions from Programme and eligible Partner Countries.
The aim of these projects is to support eligible Partner Countries to:
This is carried out in the context of two key policy documents and the policy defined by four complementary financing instruments;
Erasmus+ provides the opportunity for organisations from eligible Partner Countries, mainly higher education institutions (HEIs), to promote cooperation through actions that:
Capacity building projects typically focus on one of three main activities:
Organisations can choose from two types of projects:
For projects addressing more than one Partner Country, at least two eligible Partner Countries and at least three Programme Countries must be involved. A consortium must, in principle, include:
Eligible Partner Countries are those in Regions 1-4 and 6-11. Projects involving Region 8 (Latin America) must involve at least two Partner Countries from the Region and projects involving the Russian Federation (Region 4) must involve at least another Partner Country from a different region. All Structural Projects must also include the Ministry responsible for education in the Partner Country.
A consortium must be led by an applicant, an organisation that submits the proposal on behalf of the partners and is responsible for the overall implementation of the project. The applicant must be:
Organisations from Libya, Syria, and the Russian Federation cannot act as applicants.
Project partners may either be higher education institutions or any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training, and youth. These organisations can participate as:
Associated Partners are not considered part of the consortium and, as such, cannot benefit from any financial support from the project.
Capacity-Building projects typically focus on three main activities:
Projects typically last 2 or 3 years and the grant varies between EUR 500,000 and EUR 1 million. It can be used to cover staff costs, travel costs, costs of stay, equipment and sub-contracting activities.
Higher Education Institutions from Programme Countries must possess a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.
Projects targeting regions 1, 2 or 3 may also include a Special Mobility Strand for students and staff to study or train, or teach abroad. However, not all projects will receive funding for the mobility strand and, therefore, the mobility strand should not hamper the overall achievement of the project objectives.
Applications should be submitted online under one of the annual calls for proposals published by the Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
The Capacity Building in Higher Education brochure explains capacity-building projects work, and what you should bear in mind when putting together a proposal.
The Erasmus+ Programme Guide is the main source of information on capacity building opportunities, although more information on the application process is available from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
For further information you can contact the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
If you are from a country in regions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 – or interested in cooperating with institutions from one of these countries, you may wish to contact the National Erasmus+ Office in that partner country.
Khaled M. Gharaibeh, Associated Professor & Project Coordinator of Yarmouk University, Jordan, on the benefits of running a European capacity-building project.