Funding opportunity: the Erasmus+ 2020 call is now open!

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 You probably know that Erasmus+ is the EU programme to support education, training, youth and sport. Although it is best known for the exchange of students, Erasmus+ projects include diverse activities and entities such as private businesses, associations and NGOs in Europe and beyond. 

It is in fact one of the most successful EU programmes having benefited thousands of organisations and millions of people. Every year there are around 300,000 more exchange students.

If these topics interest you, then you need to know that the latest Erasmus+ call recently opened

What kind of funding and for what?

A budget of approximately 3,2 billion will be channelled to projects that promote mobility (Key Action 1), cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices (Key Action 2) as well as support for policy reform (Key Action 3). The call also invites proposals for sports projects and Jean Monnet activities. For most of the projects, the deadline to submit proposals is on February 2020


  1. Mobility projects (Key Action 1) have the largest share of the 2020 budget with approximately 1,75 billion euro. 
  2. 1 billion euro will fund projects on cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices (Key Action 2).
  3. The budget for support for policy reform (Key Action 3) is 110 million euro. 68,9 million euro will be available to fund sport projects. 

Who can participate?
Any organization active in the field of education, training, youth and sport can receive support from Erasmus+. Universities, learning and training institutions, private companies, associations, entities coming from the civil society and public authorities are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ project. The programme mainly aims at organisations based on the EU or in Programme Countries, yet it also offers opportunities to organisations from all over the world.

Highlight for 2020 call: European Universities
First launched in 2019, European Universities will be the role model for the university of the future. The initiative brings together universities but also private and civil society entities as well as public authorities to form bottom-up, transnational alliances and deliver innovative curricula and modules. The initiative has been a huge success: 17 Alliances with 114 universities formed following the 2019 call. For 2020, Erasmus will support 24 new alliances with a total budget of 120 million euro (5 million per alliance for a 3-year period).

This call is the last under the current Erasmus+ programme which runs from 2014 to 2020. A successor programme is now negotiated by the EU for the 2021-2027 period.

At Schuman Associates we have developed extensive experience in securing Erasmus+ funding for our clients. We can help you in all steps of the process - from identifying the right opportunity and connecting you with suitable partners to writing, assessing and submitting your proposal.

Get in touch to find out more about the opportunities from the 2020 call and the future 2021-2027 Erasmus programme.
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