Key action 3: Support to policy development and cooperation

Key Action 3 provides support to policy cooperation at European Union level, thereby contributing to the development of new policies, which can trigger modernisation and reforms, at European Union, and systems' level, in the fields of education, training youth and sport.

The Actions implemented through this Key Action are aimed to: 

  • prepare and support the implementation of the EU policy agenda on education, training, youth and sport by facilitating the governance and functioning of the Open Methods of Coordination;
  • carry out European policy experimentations, led by high-level public authorities and involving field trials on policy measures in several countries, based on sound evaluation methods;
  • gather evidence and knowledge about education, training, youth and sport systems and policies at national and European level, with a view to facilitate reasoned policy-making;
  • facilitate transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications, as well as the transfer of credits, to foster quality assurance, support validation of non-formal and informal learning, skills management and guidance;
  • foster policy dialogue with stakeholders within and outside the European Union, through conferences, events and other activities involving policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders in the fields of education, training, youth and sport, to raise awareness about the relevant European policy agendas and to promote Europe as an excellent study and research destination;
  • improve the implementation of the programme in qualitative terms by facilitating knowledge and practice transfer among National Agencies, equipping National Agencies and Commission with "think-tank" resources that allow for elaboration of activities and strategies to implement the programme in stronger connection with policy developments, providing instruments for better exploiting the potential of synergies and complementarities;
  • provide opportunities for people at any stage of their life with a learning experience abroad within their field of expertise, such as public governance, agriculture and rural development, new technologies, enterprise etc.;
  • allow Erasmus+ implementing bodies to act as facilitators to the scaling-up of Erasmus+ projects to apply for grants or develop synergies through the support of the European Structural and Investment Funds managed at national and regional level, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and the programmes relating to migration, security, justice and citizenship, health and culture;
  • support events, campaigns and other activities which will inform citizens and organisations about the Erasmus+ programme and European Union policies in the fields of education, training, youth and sport;
  • contribute to identifying and disseminating good practices as well as success stories from the supported projects in order to give them more visibility and scale them up at local, national and European levels.

Which Actions are supported? 

The following Action is implemented through this Programme Guide: 

  • European Youth Together

This Action is managed by the Education Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency

Key Action 3 covers many other Actions in support of policy reform in the education, training and youth fields that are implemented directly by the European Commission or through specific calls for proposals managed by the Education Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency. These actions are grouped in the following sections:

  • Support to European policy development;
  • Support to union tools and measures that foster the quality, transparency and recognition of skills, competences and qualifications
  • Policy dialogue and cooperation with key stakeholders and international organisations
  • Measures that contribute to the qualitative and inclusive implementation of the programme
  • Cooperation with other union instruments and support to other union policies
  • Dissemination and awareness-raising activities

More information on the supported actions is available on the websites of the European Commission and the Executive Agency. 

European Youth Together

The European Youth Together action targets youth organisations at grass-root level which want to establish partnerships across borders, i.e. which aim at adding a European dimension to their activities and at linking these activities to EU youth policies, most notably the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027. The purpose is to encourage new applications from organisations not well established yet at European level. To this end, the action primarily consists in supporting activities aiming at connecting EU level youth organisations and grassroots NGOs operating at local levels (rural, cities, regions, countries) that will benefit from developing cross-border activities. 

The overall structure of the action takes into account the growing size of the youth sector, the changing trends in youth participation and the need for more sustained and stable funding support in the youth domain1. It also takes into account the need to better cover the great diversity of youth organisations across Europe and to respond to the identified needs for both grassroots activities and large co-operation projects within Europe. 

Objectives of the action

European Youth Together projects aim to create networks promoting cross-border partnerships that will run in close cooperation with young people from across Europe (Erasmus+ programme countries). These networks will organise co-operation, exchanges, promote trainings (for instance for youth leaders) and allow young people themselves to set up joint projects through physical and/or online activities.

Contributing to and promoting the EU Youth Goals as well as the EU Youth Strategy 2019-20272 constitute important thematic priorities for the action. The European Youth Goals are also reflected in the President von der Leyen Commission’s political guidelines3. The ongoing 18 months’ cycle4 of the Youth Dialogue and its priorities is equally a basis for this European Youth Together action.

Finally, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, responses are required to mitigate its socio-economic impact on youth, including capacity building and specific measures to deal with Covid-19 crisis recovery in the youth sector. When doing so, youth networks should consider ways of forging solidarity and inclusiveness, which concur with challenges related to digital skills and green lifestyles. 

Specific objectives

The action seeks to specifically support:

  • The promotion and development of transnational structured cooperation, online and offline, between different youth organisations so as to build or strengthen partnerships focusing on solidarity and inclusive democratic participation of all;
  • The implementation of EU Frameworks and initiatives such as country specific recommendations from the European Semester5 as far as they relate to the youth area;
  • Initiatives to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process and in society by organising trainings, showcase commonalities among young Europeans and encourage discussion and debate on their connection to the EU, its values and democratic foundations, including by providing a meaningful voice to youth in the framework of the Covid-19 recovery process; 
  • The participation of under-represented groups of young people (e.g. vulnerable and socio-economic disadvantaged youth) in politics, youth organisations and other civil society organisations;
  • New ways to empower youth organisations in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Indicatively, this could include enhancing collaboration between youth organisations in a digital context by using relevant non-formal learning methods and organisational models including alternative modes of exchanges and mutual aid.

Activities

The activities proposed must be directly linked to the general and specific objectives of the action and must be detailed in a project description covering the whole period of the grant as instructed in the relevant “setting up a project” section and the impact section. 

Activities shall be of cross-border nature and may be performed at European (Erasmus+ Programme Countries), national, regional or local level.

Examples of relevant activities:

  1. Activities facilitating access and participation of youth in EU policy activities taking place at all levels of a society (local, regional, national, European) as well in different institutional contexts (formal institutions, non-formal co-peration and learning, informal exchanges etc.);
  2. Mobility activities including exchanges for the purpose of networking and/or benefitting from non-formal or informal training;
  3. Awareness-raising, information, dissemination and promotion activities (seminars, workshops, campaigns, meetings, public debates, consultations, etc.) on EU policy priorities in the field of youth; 
  4. Foster strategic cooperation, exchange of ideas, collaborative working, and co-creation and relevant non-formal methods to shape and discuss bottom-up EU youth policy initiatives, partnerships and projects between young people, youth organisations, policy and decision-makers as well as researchers and other relevant civil society actors. This includes initiatives and events for developing Youth European NGOs/Civil Society organisations / EU-wide networks
  5. Explore the views of politicians about young people’s proposals for democratic systems, including the views and aspirations of not-engaged youth, barriers and enablers to engagement among young people who do not have experience of existing participatory forms, and foster new spaces for youth political engagement and action across Europe.
  6. Explore a revived understanding of the meaning and benefits of active citizenship for EU youth, including in a post-COVID context, and in light of the European Green New deal at the heart of recovery, as well as intra-generational differences in youth representation, and the changing patterns of youth representation in the EU.
  7. Support the development of user friendly, standardised methods, tools and innovative collaboration methods for the NGO youth sector, including developing new youth community-based initiatives, skills and know-how for monitoring and evaluation of existing activities in a results driven manner, demonstrating the value of youth participation in civil society.

It is optional to include mobility activities in this action. The mobility activities for young people must underpin the main objectives of the project and offer a significant added-value to the project and to the young persons concerned.

Which are the criteria to be met to apply for the European youth together grassroots action?

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for an Erasmus grant, project proposals for European Youth Together must comply with the following criteria:

Who can apply?

The following organisations can be involved as co-ordinator:

  • NGOs (including European Youth NGOs and national Youth Councils) working in the field of Youth ; 
  • Public authorities at local, regional or national level 

The organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project and must be legally established and located in an Erasmus+ Programme country.

What types of organisations are eligible to participate in the project?

Any organisation, public or private, with its affiliated entities (if any), working with or for young people outside formal settings established in an Erasmus+ Programme country.

Such organisations can, for example, be: 

  • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO (including European Youth NGOs); 
  • a national Youth Council; 
  • a public authority at local, regional or national level; 
  • an education or research institution; 
  • a foundation; 

Public or private companies (small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises) may be included. Therefore, whereas this action is primarily targeting non-for-profit organisations, for-profit organisations can be involved if a clear added value is demonstrated for the project. 

Number and profile of participating organisations

Minimum of 4 partners from at least 4 Erasmus+ Programme Countries.

At least half of the organisations in the consortia should not have been recipients of EU funds from the Erasmus+ Programme in Key Actions 3 – European Youth Together projects in the previous 2 years.

Venue of activities

The activities must take place in the Erasmus+ Programme countries.

Duration of project    

2 years. 

Where to apply?    

To the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), based in Brussels. 
The same organisation can submit only one application to this action by the deadline. 

Call ID: ERASMUS-YOUTH-2021-YOUTH-TOG

When to apply?

Applicants have to submit their grant application by 24 June at 17:00:00 (Brussels time).  

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

Setting up a project

A ‘European Youth Together Grassroots’ project consists of four stages, which start even before the project proposal is selected for funding e.g. 1) Project identification and initiation; 2) Project preparation, design and planning; 3) Project implementation and monitoring of activities; and 4) Project review and impact assessment. Participating organisations and participants involved in the activities should take an active role in all those stages and thus enhance their learning experience.

  • Identification and initiation; identify a problem, need or opportunity that you can address with your project idea in the context of the call; identify the key activities and the main outcomes that can be expected from the project; map the relevant stakeholders and potential partners; formulate the project’s objective(s); ensure the project’s alignment to the participating organisations’ strategic objectives; undertake some initial planning to get the project off to a good start, and put together the information required to continue to the next phase etc.;
  • Preparation, design and planning; specify the project scope and appropriate approach, decide on a schedule for the tasks involved; estimate the necessary resources and develop the detail of the project e.g. needs assessment; define sound objectives and impact indicators (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound); identify project and learning outcomes; development of work programme, activity formats, expected impact, estimated overall budget; preparing a project implementation plan including strategic aspects of project governance, monitoring, quality control, reporting and dissemination of results; defining practical arrangements and confirmation of the target group(s) for the envisaged activities; setting up agreements with partners and writing the proposal etc.; 
  • Implementation and monitoring of activities: carrying out the project implementation according to plans fulfilling requirements for reporting and communication; monitoring ongoing activities and assessing project performance against project plans; identifying and taking corrective action to address deviations from plans and to address issues and risks; identifying non-conformities with the set quality standards and taking corrective actions etc.;
  • Review and impact assessment: assessing project performance against project objectives and implementation plans; evaluation of the activities and their impact at different levels, sharing and use of the project's results, etc.

Horizontal aspects to be considered when designing your project:

In addition to complying with the formal criteria and setting up sustainable cooperation arrangement with all project partners, the following elements can contribute to increasing the impact and qualitative implementation of ‘European Youth Together projects’ throughout the different project phases. Applicants are encouraged to take these opportunities and dimensions into account when designing their project.  

Environmental sustainability

Projects should be designed in an eco-friendly way and should incorporate green practices in all its facets. Organisations and participants should have an environmental-friendly approach when designing the project, which will encourage everyone involved in the project to discuss and learn about environmental issues, reflecting about what can be done at different levels and help organisations and participants come up with alternative, greener ways of implementing project activities. 

Inclusion and diversity

The Erasmus+ Programme seeks to promote equal opportunities and access, inclusion and fairness across all its actions. To implement these principles, an Inclusion and Diversity Strategy has been devised to support a better outreach to participants from more diverse backgrounds, in particular those with fewer opportunities facing obstacles to participate in European Projects. Organisations should design accessible and inclusive project activities, taking into account the views of participants with fewer opportunities and involving them in decision making throughout the whole process. 

As a transversal principle, participating organisations should pursue strategies to connect to young people at grassroots level from a diversity of backgrounds. This covers the involvement of a diverse youth population with fewer opportunities, including those from remote/rural areas and/or with a migrant background. Therefore, all the activities should contribute to widening both the outreach of young people and their active engagement so as to ensure a diversity of voices are brought together.

Digital dimension

Virtual cooperation and experimentation with virtual and blended learning opportunities are key to successful projects. In particular, projects are strongly encouraged to use the European Youth Portal and the European Youth Strategy Platform to work together before, during and after the project activities.

Common values, civic engagement and participation

Projects will support active citizenship and ethics, as well as foster the development of social and intercultural competences, critical thinking and media literacy. The focus will also be on raising awareness on and understanding the European Union context.

Expected impact

The granted projects should demonstrate their expected contribution to EU youth policy by:

  • helping to improve the capacity of the youth sector active at grassroots level to scale up their activities and work transnationally towards building inclusiveness, solidarity and sustainability including promoting transnational learning and cooperation between young people and decision makers;
  • building on the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 and more specifically by demonstrating how they are contributing to the ‘Engage-Connect-Empower’ priorities of the Strategy; 
  • building on outcomes of the European Youth Goals, the Youth Dialogue and other youth debate projects and opinion surveys related to the future of Europe and linking them to policy development at local/regional/national/European level; 
  • building on country specific recommendations from the European Semester as far as they relate to the youth area;
  • improving the involvement of young people in democratic life, in terms of active citizenship and engagement with decision-makers (empowerment, new skills, involvement of young people in project design, etc.);
  • upscaling existing best practices and outreach beyond local levels (rural, cities, regions, countries) and the regular network(s) including making good use of digital means to stay connected under all circumstances even in situations of remoteness, isolation or confinement;
  • disseminating their results in an effective and attractive way among young people involved in youth organisations, so as to pave the way for more systematic partnerships, and also among youngsters who are not affiliated to youth structures or those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Award criteria

Relevance of the project (maximum score 30 points)

  • Purpose and EU added value: the proposal establishes and develops a project that supports policies at EU level relevant for youth – most notably the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027. The proposal clearly demonstrates the EU added value at a systemic level, generated through its trans-nationality and potential transferability.
  • Objectives: the proposal objectives are relevant to the general objectives of the action and at least one of its specific objectives; moreover, the proposal objectives are specific and clearly defined, achievable, measurable, realistic and timely; they address issues relevant to the participating organisations and of a clear added value to the chosen target groups.
  • Needs: the proposal demonstrates that is based on a thorough needs assessment based as far as possible on verifiable facts and figures supported by general and specific data relevant to all countries and organisations in the consortium. A clear needs analysis linking to the concrete realities of applicants, partners and target groups is expected. 
  • Youth engagement: the partnership demonstrates that it is able to secure an active engagement with a diverse youth population such as those from remote/rural areas, with a migrant background, and/or from disadvantaged social backgrounds already from the design phase of youth related activities.

Quality of the project design and implementation (maximum score 30 points)    

  • Planning: The proposal is clear, complete and of high quality and includes appropriate phases for preparation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project based on robust project management methodologies.
  • Methodology: The implementation is based on suitable methodologies; the objectives are consistent with the activities and are clearly outlined, with logical links between the identified problems, needs and solutions; the work plan is coherent and concrete; there are suitable quality control measures and indicators to ensure that the project  will be duly implemented with the required quality, in scope, in time and within budget; there are concrete and suitable risk management and contingency plans.
  • Cost effectiveness: the proposed budget is coherent, detailed enough, suited for the implementation of the project and designed to ensure the best value for money. The resources assigned to work packages are in line with their objectives and deliverables. The budget caters to the needs of grassroots organisations and vulnerable young people in order to encourage their inclusion in the Erasmus+ programme.

Quality of the partnership and the cooperation arrangements (maximum score 20 points)

  • Configuration: the partnership involves an appropriate mix of complementary organisations with the necessary profiles, skills, experience, expertise and management support to achieve its objectives; the added value of the for-profit organisations is clearly demonstrated, if involved in the consortium. 
  • Geographic composition: the partnership demonstrates capacity to reflect the European economic, social and/or cultural diversity through its geographic composition (i.e. coverage of East, West, North and South areas across Europe) so as to ensure a truly pan European cooperation.
  • Local NGOs development: the partnership has the ability to develop the capacities and knowledge of local NGOs that are not already well established at European level to achieve enhanced peer-to-peer collaboration between NGOs across Europe.
  • Commitment & tasks: the distribution of responsibilities and tasks in the partnership is clear and appropriate; the coordinator shows high quality management and potential for coordination of transnational networks and leadership in complex environments.
  • Cooperation arrangements: the governance mechanisms proposed will ensure an effective coordination, decision-making, communication and conflict resolution between the participating organisations, participants and any other relevant stakeholders.
  • Youth engagement: young people are suitably involved in all stages of the project implementation and youth inclusion is addressed at all stages and levels of the project, providing empowering roles and/or concrete strategies to ensure their diverse participation.

Impact (maximum score 20 points)

  • Impact: the potential impact of the project on participants and partner organisations is high – in particular towards expanding the grassroots organisations’ focus of national, regional or local activities not yet cross border in nature where activities were scaled up or developed at EU level during and after the project lifetime, as well as on the youth community at large. The expected results display the understanding and capacity of the applicant and partners to communicate the European Union’s values particularly in regard to citizenship.
  • Dissemination: the proposal demonstrates capacity to undertake youth outreach and ability to communicate effectively on problems and solutions of the communities they represent to a broader global audience; in particular, the proposal provides a sound plan for the communication and dissemination of results and includes appropriate targets, activities and tasks distribution among partners, relevant timing, tools and channels to ensure that the results and benefits will be spread effectively to policy makers and are accessible to end users within and after the project’s lifetime.
  • Sustainability: the proposal clearly identifies how the outcomes of the project could contribute to changes at system level in the youth sector both within the project lifetime and beyond,  with  high potential to enable  long lasting cooperation at EU level and/or inspire new EU youth policies and initiatives.

To be considered for funding, applications must score at least 60 points, also taking into account the necessary minimum pass score for each of the four award criteria (i.e. minimum 15 points for the categories "relevance of the project" and "quality of the project design and implementation"; 10 points for the categories of "quality of the partnership and the cooperation arrangements" and “impact”. For ex aequo cases, priority will be given to the scores awarded for the award criterion “relevance” and then “impact”.  

As a general rule, and within the limits of existing national and European legal frameworks, results should be made available as open educational resources (OER) as well as on relevant professional, sectorial or competent authorities’ platforms. The proposal will describe how data, materials, documents and audio-visual and social media activity produced will be made freely available and promoted through open licences, and does not contain disproportionate limitations.

What are the funding rules?

This action follows a lump sum funding model. The amount of the single lump sum contribution will be determined for each grant based on the estimated budget of the action proposed by the applicant. The granting authority will fix the lump sum of each grant based on the proposal, evaluation result, funding rates and the maximum grant amount set in the call.

Maximum EU grant per project is 150,000 euros

How is the project lump sum determined? 

Applicants must fill in a detailed budget table according to the application form, taking into account the following points:  

a) The budget should be detailed as necessary by beneficiary/-ies and organized in coherent work packages (for example divided into ‘project management’, ‘training’, ‘organization of events’, ‘mobility preparation and implementation’, ‘communication and dissemination’, ‘quality assurance’, etc.); 
b) The proposal must describe the activities covered by each work package;
c) The applicants must provide in their proposal a breakdown of the estimated costs showing the share per work package (and, within each work package, the share assigned to each beneficiary and affiliated entity);
d) Costs described can cover staff costs, travel and subsistence costs, equipment costs and subcontracting as well as other costs (such as dissemination of information, publishing or translation).

Proposals will be evaluated according to the standard evaluation procedures with the help of internal and/or external experts. The experts will assess the quality of the proposals, against the requirements defined in the call and the expected impact, quality and efficiency of the action.

Following the proposal evaluation, the authorising officer will establish the amount of the lump sum, taking into account the findings of the assessment carried out. The lump sum value will be limited to a maximum of 80% of the estimated budget determined after evaluation.

The grant parameters (maximum grant amount, funding rate, total eligible costs, etc.) will be fixed in the Grant Agreement. 

The project achievements will be evaluated on the outcomes completed. The funding scheme would allow putting focus on the outputs rather than the inputs, thereby placing emphasis on the quality and level of achievement of measurable objectives.

More details are described in the model Grant Agreement available in the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal (FTOP).

Jean Monnet Actions

The Jean Monnet actions offer opportunities in the field of higher education and in other fields of education and training. The Jean Monnet actions contribute to spread knowledge about the European Union integration matters. The following actions are supported: 

  • Jean Monnet Actions in the field of higher education 
  • Jean Monnet Actions in other fields of education and training

These actions will be implemented by the Education Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Jean Monnet actions in the field of higher education

The Jean Monnet Action in the field of Higher Education supports Teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide.

By EU studies it is meant the study of Europe in its entirety, with particular emphasis on the EU dimension, from an internal but also from a global perspective. 

The scope of EU studies can be varied so long as the EU angle is explored.

EU studies should promote active European citizenship and values and deal with the role of the EU in a globalised world, enhancing awareness of the Union and facilitating future engagement as well as people-to-people dialogue. 

The Jean Monnet Action also strive to function as a vector of public diplomacy towards third countries, promoting EU values and enhancing the visibility of what the European Union stands for and what it intends to achieve.

The objectives and criteria to apply for Teaching and research are described below. 

Teaching and research

Objectives of the action

The Jean Monnet “Teaching and Research” actions will: 

  • promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide;
  • foster the dialogue between the academic world and society, including local and state level policy-makers, civil servants, civil society actors, representatives of the different levels of education and of the media; 
  • generate knowledge and insights in support of  EU policy-making and strengthen the role of the EU within Europe and in a globalised world;
  • reach out to a wider public and spread knowledge about the EU to the wider society (beyond academia and specialised audiences) bringing the EU closer to the public.

The action also strives to function as a vector for public diplomacy towards partner countries, promoting EU values and enhancing the visibility of what the European Union actually stands for and what it intends to achieve.

Setting up a project

The Jean Monnet “Teaching and Research” must take one of the following forms: Modules, Chairs and Centres of Excellence

  • Modules are short teaching programmes or courses in the field of European Union studies at offered at a higher education institution. Each Module has a minimum duration of 40 teaching hours per academic year for a duration of three years. Modules may concentrate on one particular discipline in European studies or be multidisciplinary in approach and therefore call upon the academic input of several professors and experts. They can also take the form of short specialised or summer programmes.
  • Chairs are teaching posts with a specialisation in European Union studies (as described above) for university professors for a duration of three years. A Jean Monnet Chair is held by only one professor, who provides the minimum of 90 teaching hours per academic year. The Chair may also have a team to support and enhance the activities of the Chair, including the provision of additional teaching hours.
  • Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence are focal points of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. They should  gather the expertise and competences of high-level experts aiming to at develop synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European studies (as described above) as well as at creating joint transnational activities, they also ensure openness to civil society. Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence have a major role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with European Union issues as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large.

Jean Monnet beneficiaries (modules and Chair holders as well as Centre of excellence participants) are requested to organise activities and events that shall ensure openness to policy makers, civil servants, civil society and the general public at large.

Which are the criteria to be met to apply for Jean Monnet teaching and research action? 

Eligibility criteria

The following eligibility criteria apply for Jean Monnet Modules: 

Who can apply?    

A HEIs established in any country of the world. 

Individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.

What types of organisations are eligible to participate in the project?

HEIs established in any country of the world. 

HEIs established in Erasmus+ Programme Countries must hold a valid ECHE. 

An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries.

Number and profile of participating organisations 

One HEIs established in any country of the world. 

Duration of project    

3 years.

A Jean Monnet Module must be taught for a minimum of 40 teaching hours per academic year in the field of European Union studies (as described above) at the applicant higher education institution.

Teaching hours are taken to include direct contact hours in the context of group lectures, seminars, tutorials and may include any of the aforementioned in a distance learning format, but do not include individual instruction and/or supervision.

Summer courses are eligible.

Where to apply?    

To the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Call ID: ERASMUS-JMO-2021-MODULE.

When to apply?     

Applicants have to submit their grant application by 2 June at 17:00:00 (Brussels time).

The following eligibility criteria apply for Jean Monnet Chairs: 

Who can apply?    

A HEIs established in any country of the world. Individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.

Individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.

What types of organisations are eligible to participate in the project?    

HEIs established in any country of the world. 

HEIs established in Erasmus+ Programme Countries must hold a valid ECHE. 

A ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries.

Higher education institutions have the final responsibility for their applications. They are obliged to maintain the activities of a Jean Monnet Chair during the entire duration of the project. If the institution is obliged to replace a Chair holder, a written request for approval has to be sent to the Executive Agency. Moreover the new proposed chair holder must have the same level of specialisation in European Union studies.

Number and profile of participating organisations

HEIs established in any country of the world. 

Jean Monnet Chair holders must be permanent staff members at the applicant institution.

The Jean Monnet Chair is held by only one professor, the Chair holder, who takes sole responsibility for delivering the minimum requirement of 90 teaching hours per academic year.  The Chair may also have a team to support the activities of the Chair.

Duration of project    

3 years.

At least 90 teaching hours per academic year in the field of European Union Studies (as described above) at the applicant Higher Education Institution by the Chair holder.

Teaching hours are taken to include direct contact hours in the context of group lectures, seminars, tutorials and may include any of the aforementioned in a distance learning format but do not include individual instruction and/or supervision.

Where to apply?    

To the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Call ID: ERASMUS-JMO-2021-CHAIR.

When to apply?

Applicants have to submit their grant application by 2 June at 17:00:00 (Brussels time).

 

The following eligibility criteria apply for Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence: 

Who can apply?

A HEIs established in any country of the world.

Individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.

Only one Jean Monnet Center of Excellence will be supported at the same time in any participating HEI. The host institution coordinates the activities for one or more Faculties/Departments 

What types of organisations are eligible to participate in the project?

HEIs established in any country of the world. 

HEIs established in Erasmus+ Programme Countries must hold a valid ECHE. 

A ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries.

Number and profile of participating organisations    

HEIs established in any country of the world. 

Duration of project

3 years

Where to apply?

To the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Call ID: ERASMUS-JMO-2021-COE.

When to apply?     

Applicants have to submit their grant application by 2 June at 17:00:00 (Brussels time).

 

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

Award criteria

The following award criteria apply for Jean Monnet Modules:

Relevance of the project (maximum score 25 points)

The extent to which the proposal meets the objectives of the Jean Monnet action:

  • addresses EU Studies (as described in the introductory paragraph), 
  • fosters dialogue between the academic world and society, including local and state level policy-makers, civil servants, civil society actors, representatives of the different levels of education and of the media;
  • generates knowledge and insights that can support EU policy-making and strengthen the role of the EU in a globalised world;
  • includes active outreach and educational work that will spread knowledge about EU subjects to wider society (beyond academia and specialised audiences) and will bring the EU closer to the public.

The extent the proposal reaches priority target groups: 

  • Higher education students of European Union Studies (as described in the introductory paragraph).
  • Higher education students who do not automatically come into contact with EU studies (in fields beyond law, economics, and political sciences).
  • For Erasmus+ Partner countries, the potential to enhance EU public diplomacy.

Quality of the project design and implementation (maximum score: 25 points)

  • Methodology: quality, novelty and feasibility of the project itself and the viability of the proposed methodology;
  • The extent to which the work programme:
    • Is presented in a clear, complete and coherent manner, with due care taken to present the appropriate planning of preparation, implementation, evaluation, follow-up and dissemination phases;
    • demonstrates coherence with the project objectives and activities;
  • Monitoring and evaluation strategy

Quality of the partnership and cooperation arrangements (maximum score: 25 points)  

Level of competence and added value of the team: 

  • Pertinence and complementarity of the profile and expertise of the key staff involved in the activities proposed (in the academic and non-academic fields, if appropriate) in terms of European Union Studies (as described in the introductory paragraph) and in terms of the  specific theme addressed by the proposal

Impact (maximum score: 25 points)

The expected impact of the project by having long lasting effects:

  • on the institution hosting the Jean Monnet Action;
  • on the students and learners benefiting from the Jean Monnet Action;
    • improved or innovative curricula;
    • increased capacity to attract excellent students;
    • reinforced cooperation with partners from other countries;
    • increased allocation of financial resources to teaching and research on EU subjects within the institution;
    • increased capacity to teach and research on EU subjects
  • on other organisations and individuals involved at local, regional, national, and/or European levels. 

Dissemination and communication: 

  • The appropriateness and quality of measures aimed at disseminating the outcomes of the activities within and outside the institution hosting the Jean Monnet Action:
    • spreading the word;
    • raising awareness of projects and results, enhancing visibility of participants and organizations;
    • reaching out to groups outside the higher education institutions;
    • transferability and translation into new policies and improved practices. 
  • The extent to which the dissemination tools foreseen will reach the target audience via: 
    • media exposure (including social media, publications, etc.)
    • events;

Sustainability and continuation: the proposal includes appropriate measures and resources to ensure that the project results and benefits will be sustained beyond the project lifetime.

To be considered for funding, proposals must score at least 70 points in total and 15 points in each award criterion. The ex aequo proposals within the same topic will be prioritised according to the scores they have been awarded for the award criterion “relevance of the project” and then “impact”. 

The following award criteria apply for Jean Monnet Chairs:

Relevance of the project (maximum score 25 points)

The extent to which the proposal meets the objectives of the Jean Monnet action: 

  • fosters dialogue between the academic world and society, including local and state level policy-makers, civil servants, civil society actors, representatives of the different levels of education and of the media;
  • generates knowledge and insights that can support EU policy-making and strengthen the role of the EU in a globalised world;
  • includes active outreach and educational work that will spread knowledge about EU subjects to wider society (beyond academia and specialised audiences) and will bring the EU closer to the public.

The extent the proposal reaches priority target groups: 

  • Higher education students of European Union Studies (as described in the introductory paragraph),
  • Higher education students who do not automatically come into contact with EU studies (as described in the introductory paragraph),
  • For Erasmus+ Partner countries, the potential to enhance EU public diplomacy

Quality of the project design and implementation (maximum score 25 points)

  • Methodology: quality, novelty and feasibility of the project itself and the viability of the proposed methodology;
  • Management: the extent to which the work programme is
    • presented in a clear, complete and coherent manner, with due care taken to present the appropriate planning of preparation, implementation, evaluation, follow-up and dissemination phases;
    • demonstrates coherence with the project objectives and activities.
  • Monitoring and evaluation strategy

Quality of the partnership and cooperation arrangements (maximum score 25 points)

  • Excellent profile and expertise of the Chair holder in European Union studies. (as described in the introductory paragraph)
  • Pertinence and complementarity of the profile and expertise of the Chair Holder and the key staff involved in the activities proposed in the project both in terms of European Union Studies (as described in the introductory paragraph) and in terms of the specific themes addressed by the proposal
  • Evidence of the level of experience in research in EU subjects

Impact (maximum score 25 points)

The expected impact of the project by having long lasting effects

  • on the institution hosting the Jean Monnet Action;
  • on the students and learners benefiting from the Jean Monnet Action;
    • improved or innovative curricula;
    • increased capacity to attract excellent students;
    • reinforced cooperation with partners from other countries;
    • increased allocation of financial resources to teaching and research on EU subjects within the institution;
    • increased capacity to teach and research on EU subjects
  • on other organisations and individuals involved at local, regional, national, and/or European levels. 

Dissemination and communication: 

  • The appropriateness and quality of measures aimed at disseminating the outcomes of the activities within and outside the institution hosting the Jean Monnet Action:
    • spreading the word;
    • raising awareness of projects and results, enhancing visibility of participants and organizations;
    • reaching out to groups outside the higher education institutions;
    • transferability and translation into new policies and improved practices. 
  • The extent to which the dissemination tools foreseen will reach the target audience via: 
    • media exposure (including social media, publications, etc.)
    • events;

Sustainability and continuation: the proposal includes appropriate measures and resources to ensure that the project results and benefits will be sustained beyond the project lifetime.



To be considered for funding, proposals must score at least 70 points in total and 15 points in each award criterion. The ex aequo proposals within the same topic will be prioritised according to the scores they have been awarded for the award criterion “relevance of the project” and then “impact”.



The following award criteria apply for Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence:

Relevance of the project (maximum score 25 points)

The extent to which the proposal meets the  objectives of the Jean Monnet activities:

  • addresses EU Studies (as described in the introductory paragraph),
  • fosters dialogue between the academic world and society, including local and state level policy-makers, civil servants, civil society actors, representatives of the different levels of education and of the media;
  • generates knowledge and insights that can support EU policy-making and strengthen the role of the EU in a globalised world;
  • includes active outreach and educational work that will spread knowledge about EU subjects to wider society (beyond academia and specialised audiences) and will bring the EU closer to the public.

The extent the proposal reaches more target groups: 

  • kind of beneficiaries of the expertise of the proposed Centre
  • involvement of Faculties/Departments not in contact with EU specific studies 
  • for Erasmus+ Partner countries, the potential to enhance EU public diplomacy

Quality of the project design and implementation (maximum score points 25)

  • Methodology: quality, novelty and feasibility of the project itself and the viability of the proposed methodology;
  • The extent to which the work programme
    • Is presented in a clear, complete and coherent manner, with due care taken to present the appropriate planning of preparation, implementation, evaluation, follow-up and dissemination phases;
    • demonstrates coherence with the project objectives and activities.
  • The extent to which the resources assigned to work packages are in line with their objectives and deliverables.
  • Monitoring and evaluation strategy

Quality of the partnership and the cooperation arrangements (maximum score 25 points)

  • Quality and added value of the participants in the Centre
  • Pertinence and complementarity of the profile and expertise of the staff involved in the activities proposed in the project both in terms of European Union Studies and in terms of the specific themes addressed by the proposal
  • Cooperation arrangements inside the Higher Educating Institution and distribution of roles
  • Commitment of  the institution to develop  and maintain the Centre

Impact (maximum score 25 points)

The expected impact of the project by having long lasting effects

  • on the institution hosting the Jean Monnet Action;
  • on the Faculties/Departments benefiting from the Jean Monnet Action;
    • improved or innovative content, development of new angles of specific research;
    • increased capacity to attract excellent students and researchers;
    • reinforced cooperation and capacity to connect with partners from other countries;
    • increased allocation of financial resources to teaching and research on EU subjects within the institution;
    • increased capacity to teach and research on EU subjects
  • on other organisations and individuals involved at local, regional, national, and/or European levels. 

Dissemination and communication: 

  • The appropriateness and quality of measures aimed at disseminating the outcomes of the activities within and outside the institution hosting the Jean Monnet Action:
    • spreading the word;
    • raising awareness of projects and results, enhancing visibility of participants and organizations;
    • reaching out to groups outside the higher education institutions;
    • transferability and translation into new policies and improved practices. 

The extent to which the dissemination tools foreseen will reach the target audience via: 

  • media exposure (including social media, publications, etc.)
  • events;

Sustainability and continuation: the proposal includes appropriate measures and resources to ensure that the project results and benefits will be sustained beyond the project lifetime.



To be considered for funding, proposals must score at least 70 points in total and 15 points in each award criterion. The ex aequo proposals within the same topic will be prioritised according to the scores they have been awarded for the award criterion “relevance of the project” and then “impact”.



Expected impact

Quantitative

An increasing number of Higher Education institutions enhancing the European Union dimension of the disciplines they cover.

An increasing number of European Union subjects introduced in the teaching and research of Faculties/Departments where the EU angle is not usually developed  - beyond the subjects typically known for their EU association.

Qualitative

As regards the participants directly involved in the actions, the Jean Monnet “teaching and research” actions will produce positive and long-lasting effects on both students and researchers/professors and:

  • promote democracy and a sense of belonging to a common area; a measure of increased interest from youth in European policies could be assessed through specific surveys;  
  • increased interest in deepening the knowledge on the European Union specific policies, possibly leading to a more active participation in EU activities and the public service;
  • an increase in opportunities for young researchers to enhance their professional competences and boost their career. 

As regards the participating organisations, the Jean Monnet “teaching and research” strand will enhance a new dynamic and: 

  • increase the capacity of the Higher Education Institutions to teach European Union subjects
  • attract more and new learners and teachers interested in acquiring knowledge about the European Union
  • create structured centers providing European Union specific high-level knowledge and advanced research to Faculties/Departments requiring support.



What are the funding rules?

This action follows a lump sum funding model. This funding scheme would allow putting focus on the outputs rather than the inputs, thereby placing emphasis on the quality and level of achievement of measurable objectives.

The maximum EU grant per project is as follows:

  • Jean Monnet Modules: 30.000 euros
  • Jean Monnet Chairs: 50.000 euros
  • Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence: 100.000 euros

The lump sum contributions will cover costs staff costs, travel and subsistence costs, equipment costs and subcontracting as well as other costs (dissemination of information, publishing, translation). 

Jean Monnet Modules and Chairs 

Applicants must request in the application the predefined amount of the single lump sum indicated in the tables below. The tables below show the total lump sum per country that corresponds to the total number of teaching hours. The amounts in the table are the final EU contribution as the co-financing of 75% is embedded.

a.1) For Jean Monnet Modules for Programme Countries

Country/ teaching hours over the 3 years period (min 40h/year) Bulgaria, Romania, Republic of North Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Serbia Turkey, Croatia, Latvia Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovakia Portugal, Greece, Slovenia, Malta Cyprus, Iceland, Spain, Italy Ireland, France, Finland Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Norway
120-150  11.500€ 13.500€ 15.000€ 19.000€ 22.000€ 26.000€ 28.000€
151-180 14.500€ 16.500€ 18.500€ 23.000€ 27.500€ 30.000€ 30.000€
181-210 16.500€ 19.500€ 22.000€ 27.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€
211-240 19.000€ 22.500€ 25.500€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€
241-270 21.500€ 25.500€ 29.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€
271-300 24.000€ 28.500€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€
301-330 26.500€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€
331-360 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€

a.2) Jean Monnet Modules for Partner Countries

Country/ teaching hours over the 3 years period (min 40h/year) Chile, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mexico, Libya,  Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Other countries Territory of Russia as recognised by international law, Bahrain,  Trinidad and Tobago Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, Oman, Israel Korea, Republic of New-Zealand Japan, United Kingdom Australia, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United States of America
120-150  11.500€ 15.000€ 19.000€ 22.000€ 26.000€ 28.000€
151-180 14.000€           18.500€ 23.000€ 27.500€ 30.000€ 30.000€
181-210 16.500€ 22.000€ 27.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€
211-240 19.000€ 25.500€ 30.000€  30.000€  30.000€  30.000€
241-270 21.500€ 29.000€ 30.000€  30.000€  30.000€  30.000€
271-300 24.000€ 30.000€  30.000€  30.000€  30.000€  30.000€
301-330 26.500€ 30.000€  30.000€  30.000€  30.000€  30.000€
331-360 30.000€    30.000€  30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€ 30.000€

More details are described in the model Grant Agreement available in the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal (FTOP). 

b.1) Jean Monnet Chairs for Programme Countries

Country/ teaching hours over the 3 years period (min 90h/year) Bulgaria, Romania, Republic of North Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Serbia Turkey, Croatia, Latvia Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovakia Portugal, Greece, Slovenia, Malta Cyprus, Iceland, Spain, Italy Ireland, France, Finland Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Norway
270-300 18.000€ 19.000€ 25.000€ 31.000€ 37.000€ 43.000€ 47.000€
301-330 20.000€ 21.000€ 28.000€ 34.000€ 41.000€ 47.000€ 50.000€
331-360 22.000€ 23.000€ 31.000€ 37.000€ 45.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
361-390 24.000€ 25.000€ 34.000€ 40.000€ 49.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
391-420 26.000€ 27.000€ 37.000€ 43.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
421-450 28.000€ 29.000€ 40.000€ 46.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
451-480 30.000€ 31.000€ 43.000€ 49.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
481-510 32.000€ 33.000€ 46.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
511-540 34.000€ 35.000€ 49.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
541-570 36.000€ 37.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
571-600 38.000€ 39.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
601-630 40.000€ 41.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
631-660 42.000€ 43.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
661-690 44.000€ 45.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
691-720 46.000€ 47.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
721-750 48.000€ 49.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
>750 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€

b.2) Jean Monnet Chair for Partner Countries

Country/ teaching hours over the 3 years period (min 90h/year) Chile, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mexico, Libya, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Other countries Territory of Russia as recognised by international law, Bahrain, Trinidad and Tobago Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, Oman, Israel Republic of Korea, New-Zealand Japan, United Kingdom Australia, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United States of America
270-300 21.000€ 24.000€ 31.000€ 37.000€ 43.000€ 47.000€
301-330 23.000€ 27.000€ 34.000€ 41.000€ 47.000€ 50.000€
331-360 25.000€ 30.000€ 37.000€ 45.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
361-390 27.000€ 33.000€ 40.000€ 49.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
391-420 29.000€ 36.000€ 43.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
421-450 31.000€ 39.000€ 46.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
451-480 33.000€ 42.000€ 49.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
481-510 35.000€ 45.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
511-540 37.000€ 48.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
541-570 39.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
571-600 41.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
601-630 43.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
631-660 45.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
661-690 47.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
691-720 49.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
721-750 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€
>750 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€ 50.000€

More details are described in the model Grant Agreement available in the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal (FTOP).

c)    Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence 

This action follows a lump sum funding model. The amount of the single lump sum contribution will be determined for each grant based on the estimated budget of the action proposed by the applicant. The granting authority will fix the lump sum of each grant based on the proposal, evaluation result, funding rates and the maximum grant amount set in the call.

The maximum EU contribution per project is 100.000 euros

How is the project lump sum determined? 

Applicants must fill in a detailed budget table according to the application form, taking into account the following points:  

a)    The budget should be detailed as necessary in coherent work packages (for example divided into ‘project management’, ‘training’, ‘organization of events’, ‘mobility preparation and implementation’, ‘communication and dissemination’, ‘quality assurance’, etc.); 

b)    The proposal must describe the activities covered by each work package;

c)    Applicants must provide in their proposal a breakdown of the estimated costs showing the share per work package;

d)    Costs can cover staff costs, travel and subsistence costs, equipment costs and subcontracting as well as other costs (such as dissemination, publishing or translation).

Proposals will be evaluated according to the standard evaluation procedures with the help of internal and/or external experts. The experts will assess the quality of the proposals, against the requirements defined in the call and the expected impact, quality and efficiency of the action.

Following the proposal evaluation, the authorising officer will establish the amount of the lump sum, taking into account the findings of the assessment carried out. The lump sum value will be limited to a maximum of 80% of the estimated budget determined after evaluation.

The grant parameters (maximum grant amount, funding rate, total eligible costs, etc) will be fixed in the Grant Agreement.

The project achievements will be evaluated on the outcomes completed. The funding scheme would allow putting focus on the outputs rather than the inputs, thereby placing emphasis on the quality and level of achievement of measurable objectives.

More details are described in the model Grant Agreement available in the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal (FTOP).

Jean Monnet actions in other fields of education and training

Learning about the objectives and the functioning of the European Union is an important part of promoting active citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination. There is a widespread lack of knowledge of the European Union and a lot of disinformation, these in turn increase people disenchantment about the Union and its policies. 

Teachers and trainers are keen to engage in opportunities for their own professional development; a significant number of teachers express the need to expand their competences for developing an inclusive classroom atmosphere using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and teaching in multilingual and multicultural classrooms. They also need opportunities for professional expansion regarding the European dimension of teaching at school, in particular on teaching about the European Union in engaging ways. 

The overall objective is to promote a better understanding, both in general education and vocational training (ISCED 1 – 4), of the European Union and the functioning of its Institutions.

Jean Monnet teacher trainings

Higher Education Institutions or Teacher Training Institutes/Agencies will organise activities under this action enabling teachers in schools and Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers to develop new skills, to teach and engage on EU matters, thus empowering them through a better understanding of the EU and its functioning.

Teacher training bodies (both for initial teacher education and for continuous professional development for teachers) will strengthen their internal knowledge and skills on teaching about EU matters, and thus, leave teachers better equipped when introducing EU content in their activities.

Teacher Training activities will support educational staff in schools and VET providers (ISCED 1 – 4).

Objectives of the action

The Jean Monnet Teacher Trainings aim to support schools and VET providers in planning, organising and delivering EU content in their curricular and extra-curricular activities. The main objectives are to: 

  • allow schools and VET providers to build knowledge about the EU among their teaching staff;
  • offer structured training proposals on EU subjects for schools and VET providers, provide content and methodologies for teachers teaching at various levels, from different backgrounds and experience; 
  • deliver specific individual or group training courses (modular, residential, blended or online) for teachers interested in the EU and willing to integrate EU subjects in their daily work;
  • foster the confidence of teachers in integrating an EU angle in their daily work. 

Which are the criteria to be met to apply for Jean Monnet “teacher trainings”? 

Eligibility criteria

Who can apply?

One Higher Education Institution or one Teacher Training Institute/Agency providing initial and/or in-service training to teachers of schools and/or VET institutes 

The applicant should be established in an Erasmus + Programme Country. 

Higher Education Institutions must hold a valid ECHE.

Individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.

Duration of project

3 years 

Where to apply?    

To the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Call ID: ERASMUS-JMO-2021-SCHOOLS-TT

When to apply?     

Applicants have to submit their grant application by 2 June at 17:00:00 (Brussels time). 

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

Setting up a project

Teachers equipped with new and innovative methodologies for proposing content on the European Union to learners will help introduce facts and knowledge about the European Union in curricular and extra-curricular activities. 

The Jean Monnet “Teacher Trainings” activities should include the preparation and delivery of teacher training activities. They may take the form of targeted courses or modules including distance learning (MOOC and/or blended activities). Trainings should be formal and end with a certificate. 

The proposed activities should also include support to participants (e.g. contribution to travel and subsistence, provision of handbooks and other specific tools, exemption from fees).

Jean Monnet “Teacher Trainings” must respect one of the following forms: 

  • training about teaching methodologies in order to address European Union matters;
  • training on European Union matters; 
  • learning experiences on European Union subjects which complement already existing courses (collaborative learning among classes, co-teaching);
  • seminars, summer and intensive courses, other kinds of EU experiences involving other stakeholders.

The above can be done through:

  • Provision of ad hoc guidance for selecting the training;
  • Physical, on line and/or blended training.

Expected impact

Quantitative

  • number of beneficiaries by Programme country / region 
  • number of teacher training beneficiaries by country / region  

Qualitative

Jean Monnet Teacher Trainings are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects both to the organisations providing initial and/or in-service teacher training and to the participants to their activities.

The Teacher Trainings will increase opportunities for teaching staff in terms of professional and career development. 

Activities supported under Jean Monnet Teacher Trainings aim to produce the following outcomes: 

  • better equipped teachers through the acquisition of methodologies to teach European Union matters;
  • increased capacity to teach EU subjects;
  • increased knowledge on EU subjects;
  • extended offer of specific training by organisations providing initial and/or in-service teacher training.

Award criteria

Projects will be assessed against the following criteria: 

Relevance of the project (maximum score 25 points)

  • The extent to which the proposal meets the objectives of the Jean Monnet action:
  • addresses EU Studies (as described in the introductory paragraph); 
  • enables teachers in schools to develop new skills; 
  • engenders a better understanding of the EU and its functioning;
  • enables teachers to introduce EU content in their activities.
  • The extent to which the proposal reaches priority target groups: 
  • schools and VET providers (ISCED 1 - 4)
  • teachers

Quality of the project design and implementation (maximum score 25 points)

  • Methodology: quality, novelty and feasibility of the proposal itself and the viability of its methodology.
  • The extent to which the work programme:
  • is presented in a clear, complete and coherent manner, with due care taken to present the appropriate planning of preparation, implementation, evaluation, follow-up and dissemination phases;
  • demonstrates coherence with the objectives and activities of the proposal;
  • includes support to participants (e.g. contribution to travel and subsistence, provision of handbooks and other specific tools, exemption from fees).
  • The extent to which the resources assigned to work packages are in line with their objectives and deliverables.
  • Monitoring and evaluation strategy.

Quality of the partnership and the cooperation arrangements (maximum score 25 points)

Level of competence and added value of the team: 

  • Pertinence and complementarity of the profile and expertise of the key staff involved in the activities proposed (in the academic and non-academic fields, if appropriate):
  • in terms of European Union Studies (as described in the introductory paragraph); 
  • in terms of the specific theme addressed by the proposal.

Impact (maximum score 25 points)

The expected impact of the teacher training and the long lasting effects:

  • On Schools and VET providers
  • increased capacity to teach on EU subjects;
  • improved or innovative content, development of new angles to include EU subjects in the curricula;
  • on the institution organising the activities;
  • reinforced cooperation and capacity to connect with partners;
  • number and level of the training proposed and potential  number of  beneficiaries; 
  • increased allocation of financial resources to enhance more targeted training activities within the institution.
  • On the  beneficiaries from the Jean Monnet Action
    • Strengthen teachers skills on EU content in their activities.
  • Dissemination and communication: 
  • The appropriateness and quality of measures aimed at disseminating the outcomes of the activities within and outside the institution hosting the Jean Monnet Action;
  • raising awareness of projects and results, enhancing visibility of participants and organizations;
  • reaching out to groups outside the direct target group;
  • The extent to which the dissemination tools foreseen will reach the target audience;
  • Sustainability and continuation: the proposal includes appropriate measures and resources to ensure that the project results and benefits will be sustained beyond the project lifetime.

To be considered for funding, proposals must score at least 70 points in total and at least 15 points in each award criterion. The ex aequo proposals within the same topic will be prioritised according to the scores they have been awarded for the award criterion “relevance of the project” and then “impact”.

What are the funding rules?

This action follows a lump sum funding model. The amount of the single lump sum contribution will be determined for each grant based on the estimated budget of the action proposed by the applicant. The granting authority will fix the lump sum of each grant based on the proposal, evaluation result, funding rates and the maximum grant amount set in the call.

Maximum EU contribution per project is 300.000 EUR

How is the project lump sum determined? 

Applicants must fill in a detailed budget table according to the application form, taking into account the following points:  

a)    The budget should be detailed as necessary by beneficiary/-ies and organized in coherent work packages (for example divided into ‘project management’, ‘training’, ‘organization of events’, ‘mobility preparation and implementation’, ‘communication and dissemination’, ‘quality assurance’, etc.); 
b)    The proposal must describe the activities covered by each work package;
c)    Applicants must provide in their proposal a breakdown of the estimated costs showing the share per work package (and, within each work package, the share assigned to each beneficiary and affiliated entity);
d)    Costs can cover staff costs, travel and subsistence costs, equipment costs and subcontracting as well as other costs (such as dissemination of information, publishing or translation).

Proposals will be evaluated according to the standard evaluation procedures with the help of internal and/or external experts. The experts will assess the quality of the proposals, against the requirements defined in the call and the expected impact, quality and efficiency of the action.

Following the proposal evaluation, the authorising officer will establish the amount of the lump sum, taking into account the findings of the assessment carried out. The lump sum value will be limited to a maximum of 80% of the estimated budget determined after evaluation.

The grant parameters (maximum grant amount, funding rate, total eligible costs, etc) will be fixed in the Grant Agreement.

The project achievements will be evaluated on the outcomes completed. The funding scheme would allow putting focus on the outputs rather than the inputs, thereby placing emphasis on the quality and level of achievement of measurable objectives.

More details are described in the model Grant Agreement available in the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal (FTOP).

Jean Monnet Networks in other fields of education and training

Networks of schools and/or VET providers should serve the purpose of giving an international aspect to the new Jean Monnet strand and allow exchange of good practices as well as experiencing co-teaching within a group of countries.

The activities will facilitate a common understanding on learning methodologies about European Union matters among practitioners working in different contexts, facing different challenges and constraints due the national legislations and the structure of the curricula.

The objective of the networks will be twofold. On the one hand, the schools/VET providers will exchange information and practices on what and how they make their learners become more knowledgeable about the EU. On the other hand, teachers may have mobility experiences of a few days to organise and deliver co-teaching / co-tutoring with their partners.

Objectives of the action

The Jean Monnet Networks aim to constitute the support to schools and VET providers for boosting knowledge on how to teach European Union subjects, they will also give an international edge to the learning exercise.  

Teachers’ exchange of knowledge (collaborative working on specific subjects and on methodologies, co-teaching experiences, common activities are the basis of the network activities. For example:

  • Exchanging information on content and promoting results of methodologies applied;
  • Enhancing cooperation between different schools/VET providers giving them international experience and a European standing;
  • Exchanging knowledge and mobility for co-teaching;
  • Fostering cooperation and creating a solid and sustainable knowledge platform among schools and VET providers.

Which are the criteria to be met to apply for Jean Monnet Networks in other fields of education and training? 

Eligibility criteria

Who can apply?

One school or one VET institute established in an Erasmus+ Programme country on behalf of the partners in the proposed network.

Particiating organisations

Schools and VET providers (ISCED levels 1 to 4) established in an Erasmus+ Programme country.

They should ensure that the largest possible number of learners benefit from their activities

Number and profile of participating organisations

Minimum 5 schools and/or VET providers established in at least 3 different Erasmus+ Programme countries.

Duration of project

3 years 

Where to apply?    

To the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Call ID: ERASMUS-JMO-2021-SCHOOLS-NET

When to apply?     

Applicants have to submit their grant application by 2 June at 17:00:00 (Brussels time). 

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

Setting up a project

Jean Monnet Networks must respect one or more of the following forms:  

  • gather and discuss teaching methodologies for curricular and extracurricular activities;    
  • collect and share good practices on learning about European Union subjects;  
  • organise co-teaching and collaborative teaching experiences both via mobility or online.

The above can be done through:

  • Production of documents and guidance for disseminating good practices;  
  • Physical and on line meeting;
  • Co-teaching and collaborative teaching. 

Expected impact

Quantitative

  • number of number of beneficiaries by Programme country / region

Qualitative

Jean Monnet Network are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects to general education and VET education, providing the participants knowledge about successful practices on bringing facts and knowledge about the European Union to pupils and students.

The Networks will increase opportunities for general education institutions and VET institutes to extend their activities integrating European Union content.  

Activities supported under Jean Monnet Networks also aim to produce the following outcomes on participating organisations:  

  • increased capacity to integrate EU subjects in their activities;
  • enhanced international exposure.  

Award criteria

Projects will be assessed against the following criteria: 

Relevance of the project (maximum score 25 points)

  • The extent to which the proposal meets the objectives of the Jean Monnet action:
    • addresses EU Studies (as described in the introductory paragraph);  
    • enables teachers in schools to develop new skills;  
    • helps to exchange information and practices on what and how they make their learners become more knowledgeable about the EU;
    • facilitates mobility experiences of teachers to deliver co-teaching / co-tutoring with their partners;  
    • brings about a better understanding of the EU and its functioning;
    • enables teachers to introduce EU content in their activities.
  • The extent to which the proposal reaches priority target groups:  
    • schools and VET providers (ISCED 1 – 4)
    • Teachers
    • Students

Quality of the project design and implementation (maximum score 25 points)

  • Methodology: quality, novelty and feasibility of the proposal itself and the viability of its methodology.
  • The extent to which the work programme:
  • is presented in a clear, complete and coherent manner, with due care taken to present the appropriate planning of preparation, implementation, evaluation, follow-up and dissemination phases;
  • demonstrates coherence with the project objectives and activities;
  • The extent to which the resources assigned to work packages are in line with their objectives and deliverables.
  • Monitoring and evaluation strategy.

Quality of the partnership and the cooperation arrangements (maximum score 25 points)

  • Internal organisation of the partnership:
    • Pertinence and complementarity of the profile and expertise of participants involved in the activities proposed, in terms of European Union Studies (as described in the introductory paragraph) and in terms of the specific theme addressed by the proposal.
  • Cooperation arrangements and distribution of roles, responsibilities and tasks.

Impact (maximum score 25 points)

  • The expected impact of the networks having long lasting effects
    • on schools and VET providers:
      • increased capacity to teach on EU subjects;
      •  innovative content in the development of new angles of EU subjects at schools;
      • reinforced cooperation and capacity to connect with partners;
      • increased allocation of financial resources to teaching on EU subjects within the institution.
    •  on the  teachers directly and indirectly  involved in the networks:
      • Strengthening of their skills on EU issues and progress in delivering EU content in their activities.
  • Dissemination and communication:  
    • The appropriateness and quality of measures aimed at disseminating the outcomes of the activities within and outside the institution involved in the networks:
      • raising awareness of activities and results, enhancing visibility of participants and organisations;
      • reaching out to groups outside schools and VET providers.
    • The extent to which the dissemination tools foreseen will reach the target audience via:  
    • media exposure (including social media, publications, etc.);
    • events.
  • Sustainability and continuation: the proposal includes appropriate measures and resources to ensure that the project results and benefits will be sustained beyond the project lifetime.

To be considered for funding, proposals must score at least 70 points in total and at least 15 points in each award criterion. The ex aequo proposals within the same topic will be prioritised according to the scores they have been awarded for the award criterion “relevance of the project” and then “impact”. 

What are the funding rules?

This action follows a lump sum funding model. The amount of the single lump sum contribution will be determined for each grant based on the estimated budget of the action proposed by the applicant. The granting authority will fix the lump sum of each grant based on the proposal, evaluation result, funding rates and the maximum grant amount set in the call.

Maximum EU contribution per project is 300.000 EUR

How is the project lump sum determined? 

Applicants must fill in a detailed budget table according to the application form, taking into account the following points:  

a)    The budget should be detailed as necessary by beneficiary/-ies and organized in coherent work packages (for example divided into ‘project management’, ‘training’, ‘organization of events’, ‘mobility preparation and implementation’, ‘communication and dissemination’, ‘quality assurance’, etc.); 
b)    The proposal must describe the activities covered by each work package;
c)    Applicants must provide in their proposal a breakdown of the estimated costs showing the share per work package (and, within each work package, the share assigned to each beneficiary and affiliated entity);
d)    Costs can cover staff costs, travel and subsistence costs, equipment costs and subcontracting as well as other costs (such as dissemination of information, publishing or translation).

Proposals will be evaluated according to the standard evaluation procedures with the help of internal and/or external experts. The experts will assess the quality of the proposals, against the requirements defined in the call and the expected impact, quality and efficiency of the action. The lump sum value will be limited to a maximum of 80% of the estimated budget determined after evaluation

Following the proposal evaluation, the authorising officer will establish the amount of the lump sum, taking into account the findings of the assessment carried out.

The grant parameters (maximum grant amount, funding rate, total eligible costs, etc) will be fixed in the Grant Agreement.

The project achievements will be evaluated on the outcomes completed. The funding scheme would allow putting focus on the outputs rather than the inputs, thereby placing emphasis on the quality and level of achievement of measurable objectives.

More details are described in the model Grant Agreement available in the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal (FTOP).