Erasmus+ Small-Scale Partnerships
The European Union recently introduced small-scale partnerships into Erasmus+ to reach out and provide opportunities to smaller grass-roots organizations which might have less experience with international partnerships. The small-scale partnership requires only a minimum of two organizations in programme countries to work together; it is open to public or private organizations in the fields of education, training, youth, sports, and other socioeconomic sectors.
The objectives of the program are stated as:
- Attracting and widening access for newcomers, less experiences organisations and small-scale actors to the programme.
- Supporting the inclusion of target groups with fewer opportunities
- Supporting active European citizenship and bringing the European dimension to the local level.
If your organization is new to international cooperation, a small-scale partnership could be the perfect starting step. It requires less coordination than a project with many partner organizations, and thus is a good introduction to the complexities and challenges that can occur with transnational projects.
Find more info about small-scale partnerships—including eligibility criteria, how to set up a project, and funding rules—here on the European Commission’s website.
Glossary of Important Skills and Competences
This glossary, created by the European Commission, highlights key competences and skills needed in contemporary Europe. These can also be incorporated into application materials.
The glossary defines skills and competences in the following categories
- Attitudes and values
- Language skills and knowledge
Check out the full glossary here.
Study on the History of Adult Education in Europe
The paper “Development of Adult Education in Europe and in the Context of Knowles′ Study” offers a brief history of the development of adult education in Europe. It largely focuses on the origins of the contemporary definitions of adult education and the works of Malcolm S. Knowles, one of the scholars who helped establish the field. Teaching adults is much different from teaching children, so it is important to establish strategies and theories for the field of adult education.
Taking the time to read texts that provide the theoretical foundation for the field one works in can be useful for creating a deeper understanding of the strategies and objectives that can be implemented.
Read the full paper here.
The Council of the European Union recommendations on key competences for lifelong learning
This is a legal document from 2018 that affirms the European Union’s support for lifelong learning. It emphasizes the importance of inclusive, lifelong education as a central right for all people.
It lays out the central competences for lifelong learning, which include:
- Literacy competence
- Multilingual competence
- Mathematical competence and competence in science, technology, and engineering
- Digital competence
- Personal, social and learning to learn competence
- Citizenship competence
- Entrepreneurship competence
- Cultural awareness and expression competence
Read the full document here.
New Erasmus App
The European Commission has created an Erasmus+ app! This app will help applicants through the steps they need to take when applying for EU funding for the 2021-2027 cycle. It provides information on special deals and offers, administrative processes, and more.
For more information check out the website https://erasmusapp.eu/
The app is available for download on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Open Research Europe
The European Commission has created a database for research results that are produced by Horizon 2020 projects. They accept publications from many subject areas including the humanities and arts as well as social sciences, which are checked and then published for peer-review.
The research published through Open Research Europe is open for all to access, allowing the information gained through Horizon projects to have a wide reach.
Open Research Europe is currently accepting submissions and will publish its first articles in March 2021.
Check it out here.
Welcomeurope is a consultancy firm that advises organizations on how to create successful applications for EU grants and how project management, and offers trainings on a variety of topics as well.
Though many of the services offered by Welcomeurope are available for a fee, they have some introductory resources that can be obtained free of charge and which can help provide deeper understanding on EU funding and how it can be obtained.
One can download their starter kit to understanding EU funds here. This kit not only gives weekly updates on calls for proposals, but also offers tips for making sense of EU funding initiatives such as Horizon 2020 and advice for EU project leaders.
Learn about Welcomeurope’s other offers on their website.
During the 2021-2027 programming period, INTERREG continues to support interregional cooperation among regions from all across Europe.
“To steer the overall process, take formal decisions on the content of the future programme and select our thematic priorities, we have set up a programming committee. The committee is made of delegates from 29 Partner States who take the decisions. An observer from the European Commission as well as the programme's managing authority and joint secretariat take part, but without any decision-making powers. We’ve also hired external experts to help us draft the new programme.”
Horizon Europe is a €100 billion research and innovation program designed to follow Horizon 2020. The program will have 5 main mission areas:
- Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation
- Climate-neutral and smart cities
- Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters
- Soil health and food
The key to this program is partnership and cooperation between EU countries, which will help build a better future for all Europeans. Another goal is to widen participation and strengthen the European research area.
Here are links with more information about Horizon Europe:
The EU Program Erasmus+ will continue starting in January of 2021. It supports the creation and funding of projects that work on themes of education, training, and sport in Europe. The program’s budget is over €14.7 billion and has previously enable more than 4 million Europeans to learn and work abroad; both individuals and organizations take part in Erasmus programs.
Participation in the Erasmus+ program will be possible in all areas in the form of integrated learning ("blended learning"); likewise, the acquisition of knowledge and skills by means of eLearning will be expanded. Under the current conditions of COVID-19, the program is already doing important preparatory work to ensure that participation in the program remains possible even without physical mobility and face-to-face learning.
Here are links with some information about the upcoming Erasmus+ cycle: