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Sectors: Education - Training, Youth

Beneficiaries: All beneficiaries

Regions: Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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ERASMUS PLUS – Key Action 2: Small scale partnerships – 2021

Funds for: Reaching out to grassroots organisations, less experienced organisations and newcomers to the Programme, reducing entry barriers to the programme for organisations with smaller organisational capacity.

Priorities and funded actions:


  • Attract and widen access for newcomers, less experienced organisations and small-scale actors to the  programme. These partnerships should act as a first step for organisations into cooperation at European level;
  • Support the inclusion of target groups with fewer opportunities;
  • Support active European citizenship and bring the European dimension to the local level


  •  Priority 1 : To support the higher education sector in becoming even more inter-connected, innovative, inclusive and digital

– Sub priority 1 : Promoting inter-connected higher education systems;

– Sub priority 2 : Stimulating innovative learning and teaching practices;

– Sub priority 3 : Developing STEM/STEAM in higher education, in particular women participation in STEM;

– Sub priority 4 : Rewarding excellence in learning, teaching and skills development;

– Sub priority 5 : Building inclusive higher education systems;

– Sub priority 6 : Supporting digital capabilities of the higher education sector;

  •  Priority 2 : In the field of school education

– Sub priority 1: Tackling learning disadvantage, early school leaving and low proficiency in basic skills;

– Sub priority 2 : Supporting teachers, school leaders and other teaching professions;

– Sub priority 3 : Development of key competences;

– Sub priority 4 : Promoting a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning;

– Sub priority 5 : Promoting interest and excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the STEAM approach;

– Sub priority 6: Developing high quality early childhood education and care systems;

Sub priority 7: Recognition of learning outcomes for participants in cross-border learning mobility;

  • Priority 3 : in the field of vocational education and training

-Sub priority 1 : Adapting vocational education and training to labour market needs;

– Sub priority 2 : Increasing the flexibility of opportunities in vocational education and training;

– Sub priority 3: Contributing to innovation in vocational education and training;

– Sub priority 4 : Increasing attractiveness of VET;

– Sub priority 5: Improving quality assurance in vocational education and training;

– Sub priority 6: Creation and implementation of internationalisation strategies for VET providers;

  • Priority 4 : in the field of adult education

-Sub priority 1: Improving the availability of high quality learning opportunities for adults;

-Sub priority 2: Creating upskilling pathways, improving accessibility and increasing take-up of adult education;

-Sub priority 3 : Improving the competences of educators and other adult education staff;

-Sub priority 4 : Enhancing quality assurance in adult education;

– Sub priority 5 : Developing forward-looking learning centres;

– Sub priority 6: Promoting Erasmus+ among all citizens and generations

  • Priority 5: Strengthening cross-sectorial cooperation that allows for greater synergies across different areas of actions that matter for young people, promoting youth participation in various scales and formats and supporting active citizenship of young people

-Sub priority 1: Promoting active citizenship, young people’s sense of initiative and youth entrepreneurship including social entrepreneurship;

– Sub priority 2: Increasing quality, innovation and recognition of youth work;

– Sub priority 3 : Strengthening the employability of young people;

– Sub priority 4: Reinforcing links between policy, research and practice

  • Priority 6 : To contribute to the implementation of key policy documents such as the EU Work Plan for Sport (2021-2024) or the Council recommendation of health-enhancing physical activity

– Sub priority 1: Encouraging the participation in sport and physical activity;

– Sub priority 2 : Promoting integrity and values in sport;

– Sub priority 3: Promoting education in and through sport;

– Sub priority 4: Combating violence and tackling racism, discrimination and intolerance in sport and tackling violent radicalisation

Among financed actions

  • Preparation of communication materials, virtual meetings among partners;
  • Collaboration between project partners;
  • Networking events, meetings, working sessions;
  • Conferences

Additional information

  • Initial duration of the action: Between 6 and 24 months


– Program countries

– Minimum two different countries from two Program countries

– Private and public organisations

– Associated partners

– All the activities of a Small-scale Partnership must take place in the countries of the organisations participating in the project.


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