Strategic Partnerships

How to Apply

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Please note completed applications should be submitted to the National Agencies in the Programme Country where the applicant organisation is established.

What is the aim?

Strategic Partnerships are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences in the fields of education, training, and youth.

Overall, strategic partnerships aim to address horizontal priorities as well as field specific priorities in the areas of:

  • Higher education
  • Vocational education and training
  • School education
  • Adult education, and
  • Youth.

There are two kinds of Strategic Partnership; those supporting innovation and those supporting the exchange of good practices.

More information on the field-specific priorities is available in the Programme Guide.

What are the opportunities?

Strategic Partnerships provide opportunities for a wide variety of public, private, and non-governmental organisations to implement a broad range of activities including, for example:

  • Strengthening cooperation and networking between organisations,
  • Promoting the development, testing, and implementation of innovative practices,
  • Promoting the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills, and competences,
  • Promoting cooperation between regional authorities to develop new systems for education, training, and youth,
  • Supporting learners with disabilities and special needs and ease their transition to the labour market,
  • Supporting education and training professionals to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in learning,
  • Promoting integration of newly arrived migrants and raising awareness about the refugee crisis in Europe
  • Promoting entrepreneurship and active citizenship among young people.

Strategic Partnerships can be of different sizes and conduct different activities depending on the objective of the project, the organisations involved, the expected impact, and other elements.

Within the scope of the project's objectives, there are also opportunities for pupils, students, learners, and staff to learn, be trained, or to teach abroad, insofar as these transnational teaching, training and learning activities contribute to the achievement of the project's objectives.

How does it work?

Participating organisations intending to apply for an opportunity must be based in a Programme Country.

Applications must be led by an organisation established in a Programme Country and must generally involve at least three organisations from different Programme Countries.

Exceptionally, partnerships in the field of school education and youth may involve at least two organisations from different Programme Countries. Partnerships in these fields can also choose to apply for specific formats of "School Exchange Partnerships" and "Transnational Youth Initiatives". A simpler application process and a slightly modified set of rules apply for these special formats.

Applications can include any number of organisations. They may also include organisations from Partner Countries, provided that they bring essential added value to the project.

Higher Education Institutions established in Programme Countries must also hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.

What else should you know?

Strategic Partnerships can have different durations depending on the field:

  • Higher education: between 24 and 36 months
  • Adult education, school education and vocational education and training: between 12 and 36 months
  • Youth: between 6 and 36 months

Grants for projects are generally capped at € 150,000 per year. Grants for the specific format "School Exchange Partnerships" are capped at € 99,000 per year.

How do you apply?

Applications should be submitted to the National Agency in the Programme Country where the applicant organisation is established.

Find out more

Detailed information on the criteria, procedures, and deadlines can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

More information on Strategic Partnerships is available in the brochure on funding for education, training, and youth projects.

Please consult the compendia to get inspired on projects already selected:

The National Agencies or, for Partner Countries, National Offices (where available), can provide further information, or you can contact the European Commission.

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A guide for school leaders who want to know how the programme can benefit their school has been published.

A guide to long term study mobility of pupils in strategic partnerships has also been published.

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