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Erasmus + – Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education: Strand 1 – Fostering access to cooperation in higher education – 2022

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The 2021-2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life.

31,312,610 euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries Media & cultural organisation
Regions Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Asia, Balkans, Candidate countries, Caucasus, Central Asia, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Latin America, Middle East, Pacific
  • Countries able to fully take part in all actions of the programme :
    • Member States of the EU
    • Third countries associated to the programme
  • Countries able to take part in certain actions of the programme :
    • Western balkans
    • Neighbourhood East
    • South-mediterranean countries
    • Russian Federation
    • Asia
    • Central Asia
    • Middle East
    • Pacific
    • Sub-Saharian Africa
    • Latin America
    • Caribbean
    • US and Canada

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To attract less experienced HEIs and small-scale actors to the CBHE action to facilitate access to newcomer organisations;
  • To make these partnerships act as a first step for HEIs and organisations with a smaller operational capacity located in third countries not associated to the programme to access and increase means to reach out to people with fewer opportunities.


  • Priority 1: Finance small-scale projects to reduce the internationalisation gap among HEIs from eligible third countries not associated to the programme, from the same country or Region;
  • Priority 2: Establish partnerships to develop cooperation ideas as well as to facilitate transfer of know-how, experience and good practices, fostering access to capacity building opportunities and improving social inclusion and the access of students/staff with fewer opportunities to a qualitative higher education offer.

Among financed actions 

  • Activities aiming at enhancing the management/administrative capacity of the targeted HEIs such as:
    • reforming and modernising the university governance, including the enhancement of services in particular for the benefit of students (student guidance, counselling and job orientation etc.);
    • establishing or strengthening international relations offices and elaborating internationalisation strategies;
    • establishing new or developing existing quality assurance units and processes/strategy within HEIs;
    • creating or increasing the capacity of planning and evaluation units;
    • enhancing mechanisms for communication and dissemination of results from international cooperation projects;
    • building capacities to support students and staff mobility activities.
  • Activities aiming at ensuring high quality and relevant education such as:
    • modules or study programmes, technical or professional orientations of programmes;
    • establishing intensive study programmes bringing together students and teaching staff from participating HEIs for shorter study periods;
    • developing capacities for postgraduate students and academic staff as well as promoting postgraduate students and/or staff mobility;
    • implementing training courses for HEI academic staff;
    • creating synergies and strengthening the links with the business sector and with private or public organisations active in the labour market and in the fields of education, training and youth.
  • Activities aiming at increasing the accessibility of the students/staff with fewer opportunities such as:
    • developing remote and inclusive learning pathways and opportunities by relying on digital technology and e-learning for vulnerable students;
    • updating the digital technology to develop specific services aiming at ensuring equal and fair learning opportunities to students with disabilities;
    • promoting initiatives aiming at positive discrimination by empowering women and ethnic/religious minorities;
    • develop initiatives addressing and reducing barriers faced by disadvantaged groups in accessing learning opportunities;
    • contributing to creating inclusive environments that foster equity and equality, and that are responsive to the needs of the wider community.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: between 24 or 36 months


  • Be a higher education institution (public or private) and recognised as such by the competent authorities;
  • Be a public or private organisation, with its affiliated entities (if any), active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth located in eligible third countries not associated to the Erasmus + programme;
  • HEIs located in an EU Member state or third country associated to the Erasmus + programme must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE);
  • An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in eligible third countries not associated to the Erasmus+ programme;
  • A consortium composed of at least 1 HEI from each participating EU Member state or third country associated to the programme, and minimum 2 HEIs from the participating third country not associated to the programme must be constituted.
  • The indicative 2022 CBHE budget of Strand 1 per Region and the indicative number of projects:
    • Region 1: Western Balkans – 5,168,610 euro (12);
    • Region 2: Neighbourhood East – 2,084,510 euro (5);
    • Region 3: South-Mediterranean countries – 1,759,520 euro (4);
    • Region 4: Russian Federation – 2,189,050 euro (5);
    • Region 5: Asia – 4,175,240 euro (10);
    • Region 6: Central Asia – 1,040,260 euro (2);
    • Region 7: Middle East – 1 million euro (2);
    • Region 8: Pacific – 1 million euro (2);
    • Region 9: Sub-Saharan Africa – 10,834,530 euro (27);
    • Region 10: Latin America – 1,604,270 euro (4);
    • Region 11: Caribbean – 456,620 euro (4).
  • Amount of the grant: between 200,000 and 400,000 euro
  • Co-financing rate: defined by the granting authority

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