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Erasmus+ Cooperation Projects

Do you want to work with counterparts in Europe to develop ideas for innovative upskilling and reskilling, like training courses or tools?
Partnerships for Cooperation can help. The European Union programme Erasmus+ funds education, training and youth Partnership projects in organisations across Europe. The call is open at least once a year Next submission date 22 March.

There are two types of Erasmus+ Partnership project, Cooperation Partnerships and Small-scale Partnerships.

A partnership project is where an organisation works with other relevant groups in different countries to exchange ideas or to develop, transfer or implement innovative practices.  Funding is available for Irish organisations, institutions, companies, and research organisations that are active in Adult Education, School Education, VET or Youth.


What Happens in a Partnership Project?

  • Partnership projects help organisations to:
    • Increase quality in their work, activities or practices
    • Build capacity to work transnationally and across sectors
    • Address common needs and priorities in education, training and youth
    • Enable transformation and change, leading to improvements and new approaches at individual, organisational or sectoral level.
  • A partnership project could be:
    • An Adult Education organisation working with expert organisations to develop an innovative training course
    • A school working with other schools to develop its approach to digital learning.


Funding Information

  • Erasmus+ funding can be used for:
    • Project management and implementation – for preparing and carrying out the project
    • Learning and training activities – to support project implementation
    • Meetings and events – e.g., workshops to exchange practice or develop results
    • Project deliverables – producing results or outcomes
    • Sharing and promotion activities – aimed at sharing the project’s results
  • There are set lump sum amounts for a Partnership project which contribute to the cost of eligible activities linked to the implementation of the project. You can choose between the pre-defined amounts according to the activities you wish to undertake and the results you wish to achieve. The pre-defined amounts are €400,000, €250,000 or €120,000 for a Cooperation Partnership and €60,000 and €30,000 for a Small-Scale Partnership.


Eligible Countries

EU Member States take part in the Erasmus+ Programme. In addition, in accordance with article 16 of the Erasmus+ Regulation, the following third countries are associated to the programme:

  • members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA): NorwayIcelandLiechtenstein.
  • acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates: Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Turkey and Republic of Serbia.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals constitute the main target population of the Programme. However, the Programme reaches these individuals mainly through organisations, institutions, bodies or groups that organise such activities. The conditions of access to the Programme therefore relate to these two actors: the “participants” (individuals participating in the Programme) and the “participating organisations” (including informal groups and self-employed persons). For both participants and participating organisations, the conditions for participation depend on the country in which they are based.
  • As a general rule, participants in Erasmus+ projects must be established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme.
  • In general terms, the main target groups are:
    • For projects relevant for the field of higher education, the main targets are: higher education students (short cycle, first, second or third cycle), higher education teachers and professors, staff of higher education institutions, trainers and professionals in enterprises;
    • For projects relevant for the field of vocational education and training, the main targets are: apprentices and students in vocational education and training, professionals and trainers in vocational education and training, staff of initial vocational education and training organisations, trainers and professionals in enterprises;
    • For projects relevant for the field of school education, the main targets are: school leaders, school teachers and school staff, pupils in pre-primary, primary and secondary education;
    • For projects relevant for the field of adult education, the main targets are: members of non-vocational adult education organisations, trainers, staff and learners in non-vocational adult education;
    • For projects relevant for the youth field the main targets are: young people from 13 to 3015, youth workers, staff and members of organisations active in the youth field;
    • For projects relevant to the field of sport, the main targets are: professionals and volunteers in the field of sport, athletes and coaches.

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