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Jean Monnet support to associations

Jean Monnet supports associations that have as their explicit purpose to contribute to the study of the European integration process. Such associations should be interdisciplinary and open to all interested professors, teachers and researchers specialising in European Union issues in the relevant country or region.

They should be representative of the academic community in European Union studies at regional, national or supranational level.


Which Activities are supported under this action?

Over the lifetime of the grant, associations may typically realise a broad range of activities, such as for example:

  • organise and carry out statutory activities of associations dealing with European Union studies and European Union issues (e.g. the publication of a newsletter, the setting up of a dedicated website, the organisation of the annual board meeting, the organisation of specific promotional events aimed at providing greater visibility to European Union subjects, etc.);
  • perform research in the field of specific European issues in order to advise local, regional, national and European policy makers and disseminate the outcomes among the institutions involved in these issues, including the EU Institutions as well as a wider public thus enhancing active citizenship.


What is the role of associations?

Jean Monnet Associations should become reference points in the European Union subject areas they cover.

They will assume the role of multipliers and they will disseminate knowledge; they will also contribute to collecting and capitalizing information as well as providing analysis and visions on specific subjects.

Associations are ultimately responsible for their proposals. They are obliged to implement the activities described in their work programme during the entire duration of the grant.


What are the criteria used to assess a Jean Monnet Support to associations?

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


Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply?

Any association of professors and researchers specialising in European Union Studies, established in any country of the world.

The explicit purpose of the association must be to contribute to the study of the European integration process at national or transnational level.

The association must have an interdisciplinary character.

Support will be given only to associations that are officially registered and have independent legal status.

Individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.

Duration of project

Three years.

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 the 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, education 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, na-tional, 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 Support to Associations?

Dissemination and Impact

Associations selected under this Action are required to disseminate and exploit the results of their promotional activities beyond 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 a considerably increasing number of students, professionals, policy makers and other interested groups.

All Associations, awarded a Jean Monnet grant, 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 strongly encouraged to use the relevant existing platforms and tools (i.e. the Jean Monnet directory, the Jean Monnet virtual community).

These functions, as part of the general IT tool for Erasmus+, will ensure that the wider public is informed about the associations and their Jean Monnet activities. Grant holders will be asked to regularly update the tool with the results of their work.


If the project is selected, the following funding rules will apply to the grant:

Jean Monnet support to associations

Eligible costs

Financing mechanism


Rule of allocation

Activity costs

Eligible direct costs

  • Staff costs
  • Travel and subsistence costs
  • Subcontracting costs (maximum 30% of eligible direct costs)
  • Equipment costs (maximum 10% of eligible direct costs)
  • Other costs (including costs for any compulsory financial audit/audit certificate)


Eligible indirect costs

A flat-rate amount not exceeding 7% of the eligible direct costs of the project is eligible under indirect costs, represent-ing the beneficiary's general administrative costs which are not already covered by the eligible direct costs (e.g. electricity or Internet bills, cost for premises, etc.) but which can be regarded as chargeable to the project.

Real costs



Maximum € 50 000



80% of the total eligible costs (unless a lower % of grant is requested by the applicant).


Conditional: objectives and work programme must be clearly outlined in the application form