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Erasmus + – Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education: Strand 3 – Structural reform projects – 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.

17,135,890 euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries Media & cultural organisation
Regions Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Asia, Balkans, Candidate countries, Central Asia, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Latin America, Mediterranean countries
  • 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 support efforts in third countries not associated to the Erasmus+ programme to develop coherent and sustainable systems of higher education to meet their socio-economic needs and broad ambition to create a knowledge-driven economy.


  • Promote cooperation and mutual learning among and between public authorities at the highest institutional level of the EU Member states or countries associated to the Erasmus+ programme and the eligible third countries not associated to the Erasmus + programme to foster systemic improvement and innovation in the higher education sector;
  • Promote inclusive higher education systems that can provide the right conditions for students of different backgrounds to access learning and succeed;
  • Increase the capacities of HEIs of third countries not associated to the Erasmus + programme, bodies in charge of higher education and competent authorities (notably Ministries) through their participation in the definition, implementation and monitoring of reform processes to modernise their higher education systems, particularly in terms of governance and financing;
  • Identify synergies with ongoing EU initiatives in the third country(ies) not associated to the programme in areas covered by Erasmus+ .

Among financed actions

  • Contributing to the reform of higher education policies that respond to societal and labour market needs;
  • Fostering national ownership by experimenting and mainstreaming positive and best practices in Higher Education at national and/or regional level;
  • Encouraging the participation of relevant stakeholders, such as public authorities, students, associations, high-level institutions in EU Member states or countries associated to the Erasmus + programme and in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme.
  • Developing and implementing schemes that facilitate the mobility of students and academic staff such as the creation of a regional credit transfer system or support to the development of National Qualifications Frameworks;
  • Fostering regional academic cooperation and promoting voluntary convergence of the third countries not associated to the Erasmus + programme towards a common regional strategy in the field of Higher Education:
    • defining steps to create a regional Higher Education Area;
    • facilitating national and cross-border recognition;
    • removing barriers to learning, improving access to high quality and innovation-driven education and making it easier for teachers, learners and workers to move between countries
  • Fostering the introduction of funding mechanisms aiming at:
    • increasing the participation of people with fewer opportunities in higher education;
    • bridging the digital divide at institutional and individual level.
  • Enhance the attractiveness of the teaching profession by introducing measures such as:
    • promoting initiatives for career development;
    • promoting their participation in the internationalisation of Higher Education by creating incentives.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: 36 or 48 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;
  • Be a legally recognised national or international rector, teacher or student organisations established in an EU Member state or third country associated to the Erasmus+ programme or in an eligible third country 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;
    • minimum 2 HEIs from the participating third country not associated to the programme;
    • the national competent authority (e.g. Ministry) responsible for higher education of the eligible third country not associated to the programme targeted by the project must be constituted.
  • The indicative 2022 budget of Strand 3 per Region and the indicative number of projects to be funded:
    • Region 1: Western Balkans – 2,043,400 euro (2);
    • Region 2: Neighbourhood East – 3,071,920 euro (3);
    • Region 3: South-Mediterranean countries – 2,111,420 euro (2);
    • Region 5: Asia – 2,087,620 euro (2);
    • Region 6: Central Asia – 800,000 euro (1);
    • Region 9: Sub-Saharan Africa – 5,417,260 euro (5);
    • Region 10: Latin America – 1,604,270 euro (1).
  • Amount of the grant: between 800,000 and 1 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: defined by the granting authority

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