Strategic Partnerships for Schools

Organisations involved in school education can apply for funding to run collaborative projects aimed at improving education provision.


What activities are possible?

Strategic Partnerships in school education can last for 2 or 3 years and are a flexible way of working with partners from different countries. Strategic Partnerships in school education must focus on activities designed to improve education provision across the participating countries. Activities could include:Strategic Partnerships for Schools

  • Developing, testing and implementing innovative approaches and practices for pupils, staff and organisations
  • Exchanging experiences and good practice, including through peer learning activities and workshops
  • Carrying out joint research, surveys and studies
  • Facilitating the recognition and certification of skills and competences
  • Training, teaching and learning activities such as joint project work between groups of pupils, long-term study mobility of pupils, joint staff training events and teaching and training assignments.

Full details of these activities, including durations and eligibility criteria, are given in the Programme Guide (revised 23 Oct).

How many partners are needed?

Generally the Partnership must include 3 partners from 3 different Programme Countries, including the applicant organisation. However, school-only Strategic Partnerships  only require a minimum of 2 partners from 2 different Programme Countries.

Strategic Partnerships promoting co-operation between local/regional school authorities must have a  minimum of 2 local or regional school authorities from 2 different Programme Countries. Additionally the Partnership must include at least 1 school and 1 local organisation active in another field of education, training and youth or active in the labour market in each participating country.

Strategic Partnerships can receive a maximum of 150,000 euro funding per year.


Who can apply?

Any Organisation involved in vocational education and training can participate in a Strategic Partnership for VET, either as the lead or as a partner. One organisation must lead the project and make the application for funding. Any participating organisation established in a Programme Country can be the applicant. This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project.


Eligible Participating Organisations


A participating organisation can be any public or private organisation, established in a Programme Country or in any Partner Country of the world (see section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of this Guide).  

For example, such organisation can be:

  •  a higher education institution;
  •  a school/institute/educational centre (at any level, from pre-school to upper secondary education74, and including vocational education and adult education);
  • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO;
  • a public or private, a small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises);
  • a public body at local, regional or national level;
  • a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, industry, craft/professional associations and trade unions;
  • a research institute;
  • a foundation;
  • an inter-company training centre;
  • enterprises providing shared training (collaborative training);
  • a cultural organisation, library, museum;
  • a body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services;
  • a body validating knowledge, skills and competences acquired through non-formal and informal learning;
  • a European Youth NGO;
  • a group of young people active in youth work but not necessarily in the context of a youth organisation (i.e. informal group of young people).


Higher education institutions (HEIs) established in a Programme Country must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries, but they will have to sign up to its principles  


When to Apply?


 Partnerships in the fields of Higher Education, VET, School and Adult education: 

applicants have to submit their grant application by: 

  • 31 March at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 September and 31 December of the same year. 


Partnerships in the youth field:

applicants have to submit their grant application by:

  • 4 February at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 June and 30 September of the same year;
  • 30 April at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 September and 31 December of the same year;
  • 1 October at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 January and 31 May of the following year.


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