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Erasmus+ Jean Monnet - Centres of Excellence
Deadline: Feb 23, 2017  

 Education and Training
 Higher Education
 Cohesion Policy
 European Union

A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is a focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. Centres of Excellence have a project duration of three years.

A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence gathers the expertise and competences of high-level experts and aims at developing synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European studies, as well as at creating joint transnational activities and structural links with academic institutions in other countries. It also ensures openness to civil society.

Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence have a major role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with European Union issues as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large.



What does it support

A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence can carry out one or more of the following activities:

• Organising and coordinating human and documentary resources related to European Union studies;
• Leading research activities in specific European Union subjects (research function);
• Developing content and tools on EU subjects to update and complement the current courses and curricula (teaching function);
• Enhancing the debate and exchange of experiences about the EU, where possible in partnership with local stakeholders and/or EU Representations Offices in Member States an EU Delegations in third countries (think-tank function);
• Systematic publication of the results of research activities.

Who can benefit from it

Direct and indirect beneficiaries of Jean Monnet activities include:

  • Higher education institutions or other organisations active in the European Union subject area, and especially academics specialised in European Union studies;
  • Students;
  • Policy-makers and professionals;
  • Civil society and the general public at large.



Publication of the call for proposals 25 October 2016

Deadline for submission 23/02/2017 - 12:00 (CET, Brussels time)



What support is available

The maximum grant that can be awarded is 100.000 EUR for the project duration of three years. This can represent a maximum of 80% of the total eligible cost of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

Further information on the budget of Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence can be found in the Jean Monnet chapter of the Programme Guide.


Who can apply

  • A higher education institution (HEI) established in any country of the world.
  • HEIs established in Programme Countries must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE).
  • An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries.
  • Individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.

How to apply

1. Read the call for proposals.

2. Read the guidelines for applicants carefully (will be available soon)!
Detailed instructions are available in the Guidelines and How to apply sections of the call for proposals.

3. Register in the Participant Portal and receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC) if you do not already have one.
All organisations participating in the proposal must have a PIC number. The PIC will be requested in the application form.

4. Use the official application form. (will be available soon)
The link is provided in the How to apply section of the call for proposals.

5. Submit your application online before the specified deadline.
Make sure you have received a confirmation email.


How are applications selected

All project proposals are assessed by the Executive Agency receiving the application, exclusively on the basis of the criteria described in the ERASMUS+ Programme Guide.

The assessment implies:

  • a formal check to verify that the eligibility and exclusion criteria are respected;
  • a quality assessment to evaluate the extent to which the participating organisations meet the selection criteria and the project meets the award criteria. Such quality assessment is carried out with the support of independent experts.

The quality of eligible applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the project;
  • Quality of the project design and implementation;
  • Quality of the project team;
  • Impact and dissemination.

For detailed information on the quality review of applications submitted under Erasmus+, please consult the Guide for experts.

What happens if your application is selected

All applicants will receive a written notification of the outcome of the selection procedure as well as feedback on the evaluation of their application. For applications that have been selected for EU co-financing the EACEA will contact the applicants if any further action is required before the contract can be awarded.

EACEA will produce a grant agreement detailing the conditions and the level of co-funding.

For further details please refer to Part C of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.


For further information and assistance, please contact:

If you are based in a Programme Country and have a country-specific question on this action, you can also contact the International Erasmus+ Contact Point (ICP) in your National Agency. For the list of these offices, please click here.

If you are based in a Partner Country, you can also contact the National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) which exists in certain Partner Countries (former Tempus Partner Countries). For the list of these offices, please click here.

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