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Jean Monnet support to associations

Jean Monnet supports associations that have as their explicit purpose to contribute to the study of the European integration process. Such associations should be interdisciplinary and open to all interested professors, teachers and researchers specialising in European Union issues in the relevant country or region.

They should be representative of the academic community in European Union studies at regional, national or supranational level. Support will be given only to associations that are officially registered and have independent legal status.

 

Which Activities are supported under this action?

Over the lifetime of the grant, associations may typically realise a broad range of activities, such as for example:

  • organise and carry out statutory activities of associations dealing with European Union studies and European Union issues (e.g. the publication of a newsletter, the setting up of a dedicated website, the organisation of the annual board meeting, the organisation of specific promotional events aimed at providing greater visibility to European Union subjects, etc.);
  • perform research in the field of specific European issues in order to advise local, regional, national and European policy makers and disseminate the outcomes among the institutions involved in these issues, including the EU Institutions as well as a wider public thus enhancing active citizenship.

 

What is the role of associations?

Jean Monnet Associations should become reference points in the European Union subject areas they cover.

They will assume the role of multipliers and they will disseminate knowledge; they will also contribute to collecting and capitalizing information as well as providing analysis and visions on specific subjects.

Associations are ultimately responsible for their proposals. They are obliged to implement the activities described in their work programme during the entire duration of the grant.

 

What are the criteria used to assess a Jean Monnet Support to associations?

Here below are listed the formal criteria that a Jean Monnet support to associations must respect in order to be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant:

 

Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply?

Any association of professors and researchers specialising in European Union Studies, established in any country of the world. The explicit purpose of the association must be to contribute to the study of the European integration process at national or transnational level. The association must have an interdisciplinary character.

Individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.

Duration of project

Three years.

Where to apply?

To the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, located in Brussels.

When to apply?

Applicants have to submit their grant application by the 22 February at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting on 1 September of the same year.

How to apply?

Please see Part C of this Guide for details on how to apply.

 

Applicant organisations will also be assessed against exclusion and selection criteria. For more information please consult Part C of this Guide.

 

Award criteria

Projects will be assessed against the following criteria:

Relevance of the project

(Maximum 25 points)

 

  • The relevance of the proposal to:
  • the objectives and priorities of the Action (Please see sections "What is the aim of Jean Monnet " and "What is Jean Monnet support to associations").
  • The extent to which the proposal:
  • is suitable for supporting the statutory activities of the association and for performing research in European issues .
  • enhances advice to local, regional, national and European policy makers.
  • The relevance of the proposal to priority target groups of the Action:
    • associations established in countries not covered by the Jean Monnet Action;
    • associations not yet in receipt of Jean Monnet funding.

Quality of the project design and implementation

(Maximum 25 points)

 

 

 

  • The clarity, completeness and quality of the work programme, including appropriate phases for preparation, implementation, evaluation, follow-up and dissemination;
  • The consistency between project objectives, activities and budget proposed;
  • The quality and feasibility of the methodology proposed.

Quality of the project team

(Maximum 25 points)

 

  • The pertinence of the profile and expertise of key staff involved - both in the academic and non-academic domains - with the research activities proposed in the project.

Impact and dissemination

(Maximum 25 points)

 

 

  • The quality of measures for evaluating the outcomes of the activities;
  • The potential impact of the project:
  • on the association(s) participating in the Jean Monnet Action;
  • on other organisations and policy makers at local, regional, national and/or European levels.
  • The appropriateness and quality of measures aimed at disseminating the outcomes of the activities within and outside the association hosting the Jean Monnet Action.

To be considered for funding, proposals must score at least 60 points. Furthermore, they must score at least 13 points in each of the categories of award criteria mentioned above.

 

What else should you know about a Jean Monnet Support to Associations?

Dissemination and Impact

Associations selected under this Action are required to disseminate and exploit the results of their promotional activities beyond the stakeholders directly involved. This will considerably increase the impact and contribute to a systemic change.

To increase their impact they should include in their dissemination activities the creation and offer of open educational resources (OER) and involve open education activities to respond to technological progress. This will foster more flexible and creative ways of learning and reach out to a considerably increasing number of students, professionals, policy makers and other interested groups.

All Associations, awarded a Jean Monnet grant, will be asked to update their respective section of the Erasmus+ specific online tool where all the information about the Jean Monnet Activities will be hosted. They will be strongly encouraged to use the relevant existing platforms and tools (i.e. the Jean Monnet directory, the Jean Monnet virtual community).

These functions, as part of the general IT tool for Erasmus+, will ensure that the wider public is informed about the associations and their Jean Monnet activities. Grant holders will be asked to regularly update the tool with the results of their work.

 

If the project is selected, the following funding rules will apply to the grant:

Jean Monnet support to associations

Eligible costs

Financing mechanism

Amount

Rule of allocation

Activity costs

Eligible direct costs

  • Staff costs
  • Travel and subsistence costs
  • Subcontracting costs (maximum 30% of eligible direct costs)
  • Equipment costs (maximum 10% of eligible direct costs)
  • Other costs (including costs for any compulsory financial audit/audit certificate)

 

Eligible indirect costs

A flat-rate amount, not exceeding 7% of the eligible direct costs of the project, is eligible under indirect costs, representing the beneficiary's general administrative costs which can be regarded as chargeable to the project (e.g. electricity or internet bills, costs for premises, cost of permanent staff, etc.)

Real costs

 

 

Maximum € 50 000

 

 

80% of the total eligible costs (unless a lower % of grant is requested by the applicant).

 

Conditional: objectives and work programme must be clearly outlined in the application form

 

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