Organisations wishing to bid for funding in 2014 through Erasmus+, the European Union's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, can start to prepare their grant applications from today.
The new Erasmus+ Programme Guide, which provides detailed information on how to apply, is available. The programme is open to organisations in the field of education, training, youth or sport. They can apply online for funding from the end of January. Individuals cannot apply directly for grants; instead they should contact their university, college or organisation, which makes the application.
"The process for launching Erasmus+ is now at the final stage and we are ready for the implementation phase. I encourage organisations to study the Programme Guide carefully to ensure that they are fully prepared once the online application process gets underway. The 40% increase in the Erasmus+ budget means that more than 4 million people, including students, trainees, teachers and volunteers, will benefit from grants over the next seven years," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
In total, €1.8 billion in funding will be available from Erasmus+ in 2014 to:
Consortia, coordinating organisations and groups can submit a single application on behalf of a number of organisations.
As well as universities and training institutions, new innovative partnerships will also be funded for the first time: the so-called 'Knowledge Alliances' and 'Sector Skills Alliances' will build synergies between education and the world of work by enabling higher education institutions, training providers and enterprises to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and to develop new curricula and qualifications to tackle skills gaps.
In sport, the focus is on transnational projects supporting grassroots sport and tackling cross-border challenges such as match-fixing, doping, violence and racism, as well as promoting good governance, gender equality, social inclusion and physical activity for all.