Cooperation Partnerships

About the opportunity

Cooperation Partnerships are designed to promote the creation and development of European networks in the field of sport. They aim to help sport organisations to

  • increase quality in the work, activities and practices of organisations and institutions involved
  • build capacity of organisations to work transnationally and across sectors
  • address common needs in the field of sport
  • enable transformation and change (at individual, organisational or sectoral level)

This opportunity can include activities such as

  • networking among key stakeholders
  • development, identification, promotion and exchange of best practices
  • preparation, development, and implementation of education and training modules and tools
  • increasing the skills of multipliers
  • developing monitoring and benchmarking of indicators
  • raising awareness of the added value of sport and physical activity
  • promoting synergies between sport, health, education, training, and youth
  • improving the evidence-base for sport
  • organising conferences, seminars, events and meetings

Results should be re-usable, transferable, up-scalable and, if possible, cover multiple disciplines. Projects will be expected to share their results from local to transnational levels.

Who can apply

A Cooperation Partnership includes at least 3 different organisations from 3 different Programme Countries.

Applicants

Any participating organisation established in a Programme Country can apply for a Cooperation Partnership. This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project.

Other participants

Any public or private organisation, established in a Programme Country or in any Partner Country of the world can participate.

Organisations established in Programme Countries can either participate as the project coordinator or as a partner organisation.

Organisations in Partner Countries cannot participate as project coordinators but can be part of a project (the Programme Guide sets out specific conditions).

Types of organisation

Irrespective of the field impacted by the project, Cooperation Partnerships are open to any type of organisation active in any field of education, training, youth, sport or other socio-economic sectors. Organisations carrying out activities across other fields (e.g. local, regional and national authorities, recognition and validation centres, chambers of commerce, trade organisations, guidance centres, cultural and sport organisations) can also take part.

Depending on the priority and the objectives addressed by the project, Cooperation Partnerships should involve the most appropriate and diverse range of partners in order to benefit from their different experiences, profiles and specific expertise and to produce relevant and high quality project results.

How to apply

Organisations interested in applying should do so through the EU funding & tenders portal.

There is one Call for Proposals taking place each year. In 2021, the deadline for sending projects is 17 June 2021, (17:00 CEST).

Related policies

Cooperation Partnerships are connected to the Erasmus+ programme’s overall priorities as well as 4 sport-specific priorities.

Horizontal priorities in Erasmus+

  • inclusion and diversity in sport
  • environment and fight against climate change
  • addressing digital transformation through development of digital readiness, resilience and capacity
  • common values, civic engagement and participation

Sport-specific priorities

  • encouraging the participation in sport and physical activity
  • promoting integrity and values in sport
  • promoting education in and through sport
  • combating violence and tackling racism, discrimination and intolerance in sport and tackling violent radicalisation

In a broader sense, Cooperation Partnerships are designed to be in line with the EU Work Plan for Sport 2021-2024 (read on EUR-Lex).

Find out more

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide is the main source of information on Cooperation Partnerships. It contains all information about the priorities, award criteria, funding rules and more.

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