Alliances for Innovation

About the opportunity

Alliances for Innovation aim to boost Europe’s innovation capacity through stronger cooperation and knowledge flow among higher education, vocational education and training (both initial and continuous), businesses and the broader socio-economic environment, including research.

They also aim to encourage new skills and address skills mismatches by designing new curricula for higher education and vocational education and training, and supporting the development of a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mind-sets in the EU.

What is covered

Examples include:

Lot 1 (Alliances for Education and Enterprises)

  • boosting innovation in higher education, vocational education and training and business
  • developing entrepreneurship and skills
  • stimulating the flow and exchange of knowledge between higher education, vocational education and training and business

Lot 2 (Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills)

  • designing pan-European strategical approaches to sectoral cooperation on skills
  • designing European sector-wide core curricula and training programmes

Who can apply

For both Lots

Organisations interested in participating must do so as a consortium.

Lot 1

  • must cover at least 4 Programme countries, involving a minimum of 8 full partners
  • must include at least 3 enterprises (or companies, or representative intermediary organisations, such as chambers, trade unions or trade associations) and 3 education and training providers (VET and/or HEIs), as full partners
  • should include at least one HE institution and one VET provider involved as full partner in each proposal

Lot 2

  • must cover at least 8 Programme countries and involve at least 12 full partners
  • must include 5 labour market actors (enterprises or companies, or industry or sector representatives, such as chambers, trade unions or trade associations) and at least 5 education and training providers (VET and/or HEIs) as full partners
  • should include at least one HE institution and one VET provider involved as full partner in each proposal

How to apply

Applications should be submitted to the annual calls for proposals published by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency.

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