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Jean Monnet Modules

What is a Jean Monnet Module?

A Jean Monnet Module is a short teaching programme (or course) in the field of European Union studies at a higher education institution. Each Module has a minimum duration of 40 teaching hours per academic year. 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. 

Erasmus+ supports Jean Monnet Modules with the aim to:

  • promote research and first teaching experience for young researchers and scholars and practitioners in European Union issues (up to 20% of the budget allocated to support Modules will be granted to coordinators who are researchers who have obtained a PhD degree in the last five years);
  • foster the publication and dissemination of the results of academic research;
  • create interest in the EU and constitute the basis for future poles of European knowledge, particularly in Partner Countries;
  • foster the introduction of a European Union angle into mainly non EU related studies;
  • deliver tailor-made courses on specific EU issues relevant for graduates in their professional life.

The Jean Monnet Module anchors and mainstreams teaching on EU matters in curricula which so far have included EU-related content only to a limited extent. They also bring facts and knowledge on the European Union to a broad spectrum of learners and interested citizens.

Which Activities are supported under this Action?

Jean Monnet Modules must take one of the following forms:

  • general or introductory courses on European Union issues (in particular at institutions and faculties that do not yet have a highly developed course offering in the field);
  • specialised teaching on European Union developments (in particular at institutions and faculties that do already have a highly developed course offering in the field);
  • summer and intensive courses that are fully recognised.

What is the role of organisations participating in a Jean Monnet Module?

Higher education institutions have the role of supporting and promoting the Module coordinators by ensuring that the largest possible public benefits from their activities both inside and outside the institution.

Higher education institutions support Module coordinators in their teaching, research and reflection activities: they recognise the teaching activities developed; they monitor the activities, give visibility and valorise the results obtained by their staff involved in Jean Monnet.

Higher education institutions are required to maintain the activities of a Jean Monnet Module during the entire duration of the project, including replacing the academic coordinator if the need arises. If the institution is obliged to replace Module coordinators, a written request for approval has to be sent to the Executive Agency. Moreover, the new proposed coordinator must have the same level of specialisation in European Union studies.

What are the criteria used to assess a Jean Monnet Module?

Here below are listed the formal criteria that a Jean Monnet Module must respect in order to be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant:

Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply?

A higher education institution (HEI) established in any country of the world. HEIs established in Programme Countries must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries.

Individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.

Duration of project Three years.
Duration of activity

A Jean Monnet Module must be taught for a minimum of 40 hours per academic year (for three consecutive years) in the field of European Union 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.

Where to apply? To the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, located in Brussels.
When to apply? Applicants have to submit their grant application by 20 February at 17:00 (Brussels time) for projects starting on 1 September of the same year.
How to apply? Please see Part C of this Guide for details on how to apply.

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

Award criteria

Projects will be assessed against the following criteria:

Relevance of the project (Maximum 25 points)
  • The extent the proposal fits within the scope of European Union studies
    • comprising the study of the European Union in its entirety, with particular emphasis on the EU integration process in both its internal and external aspects;
    • link to the EU acquis (acquis communautaire) and existing EU policies;
    • promoting active EU citizenship and values;
    • enhancing awareness of the EU and facilitating future engagement and people-to-people dialogue;
  • The relevance of the proposal to one or several of the following objectives of the Jean Monnet Activities:
    • promotion of excellence in teaching and research on EU studies;
    • promoting the creation of new teaching/activities in EU studies;
    • generating knowledge and insight that can support EU policy-making and strengthen the role of the EU in a globalised world;
    • carrying benefits for the policy systems within which it is framed.
    • fostering dialogue between the academic world and society;
    • involvement of civil society actors, policy makers, civil servants, edu-cation and media representatives at different levels;
    • spreading of knowledge about the EU to the wider society, beyond academia and specialized audiences;
    • bringing the EU closer to the public;
  • The extent the proposal reaches priority target groups:
    • institutions or academics not yet in receipt of Jean Monnet funding;
    • students/audiences who do not automatically come into contact with European studies (in fields beyond law, economics and political science);
  • For third countries, the project potential to enhance EU public diplomacy
Quality of the project design and implementation (Maximum 25 points)
  • The clarity, completeness and quality of the proposal and work programme, including appropriate planning of preparation, implementation, evaluation, follow-up and dissemination phases;
  • The coherence between project objectives and activities;
  • The quality, novelty and feasibility of the project itself and the viability of the proposed methodology.
Quality of the project team (Maximum 25 points)
  • The pertinence and complementarity of the profile and expertise of the key staff involved in the activities proposed in the project (both in the academic and non-academic fields, if appropriate).
Impact and dissemination (Maximum 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;
    • on other organisations and individuals involved at local, regional, national, and/or European levels.
  • 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;
    • training courses;
  • the use of new technologies (multimedia tools), including open educational resources (OER).

To be considered for funding, proposals must score at least 60 points. Furthermore, they must score at least 13 points in each of the categories of award criteria mentioned above.

What else should you know about a Jean Monnet Module?

Dissemination and Impact

Jean Monnet Modules are required to disseminate and exploit the results of the organised teaching and research activities beyond the scope of the stakeholders directly involved. This will considerably increase the impact and contribute to a systemic change.

To increase their impact they should include in their dissemination activities the creation and offer of open educational resources (OER) and involve open education activities to respond to technological progress. This will foster more flexible and creative ways of learning and reach out to an increasing number of students, professionals, policy makers and other interested groups.

All coordinators of Jean Monnet Modules will be asked to update their respective section of the Erasmus+ specific online tool where all the information about the Jean Monnet Activities will be hosted. They will be encouraged strongly to use the relevant existing platforms and tools (i.e. the Jean Monnet directory, the Jean Monnet virtual community). These sections, which are part of the general IT tool for Erasmus+, will keep the wider public informed about the institutions and their Jean Monnet courses. Grant holders will be asked to regularly update the tool with the results of their work.

Coordinators of Jean Monnet Modules are encouraged to:

  • publish at least one peer reviewed article during the grant period;
  • participate in dissemination and information events at national and European level;
  • organise events (lectures, seminars, workshops, etc.) with policy makers at local (e.g. mayors and counsellors), regional and national level as well as with organised civil society and schools;
  • disseminate the results of their activities via the organisation of seminars or lectures geared and adapted to the general public and civil society representatives;
  • network with other coordinators of Modules, Centres of Excellence, Jean Monnet Chairs and supported Institutions;
  • apply open educational resources (OER), publish the summaries, content and schedule of their activities as well as the expected outcomes.

What are the funding rules?

The maximum grant that can be awarded is 30 000 EUR that can represent the maximum of 75% of the total cost of the Jean Monnet Module.

A system based on a combination of scales of unit costs and flat-rate financing for the awarding of grants under the Jean Monnet Activities applies. This system is determined on the basis of a calculated national teaching cost per hour. The following method is used:

  • Teaching scale of unit costs: the calculated national unit cost per hour D.1 is multiplied by the number of teaching hours;
  • Additional flat-rate financing: a 'top-up' percentage of 40% for a Jean Monnet Module is added to the above mentioned unit costs basis.

The final grant is then obtained by applying the maximum 75% EU funding of total calculated grant and by respecting the maximum grant ceiling for a Jean Monnet Module (30 000 EUR).

The specific amounts applying to Jean Monnet Modules can be found in the section "Jean Monnet unit costs" at the end of the Jean Monnet chapter in this Part of the Guide.