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Erasmus+ Key Action 2 - Capacity building in the field of higher education
Deadline: Feb 9, 2017  

 Capacity Building
 International Cooperation
 Education and Training
 Higher Education
 Youth Exchanges
 Youth Workers

Erasmus+: Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education' build on the success of the former Alfa, Edu-link and Tempus programmes and aim to:

  • Support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in the Partner Countries;
  • Promote cooperation between Programme Countries and eligible Partner Countries (as well as among eligible Partner Countries themselves);
  • Promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in higher education;
  • Promote people-to-people contacts, intercultural awareness and understanding.

Two e-tutorials that focus on the international dimension of the Erasmus+ are also available. They provide information about Capacity Building in Higher Education and other international actions of the programme, and on how to prepare a competitive proposal. 

For further information about the on-going projects funded under the Capacity Building in Higher Education action of the Erasmus+ programme please consult the following link:

Information on Capacity Building projects in the field of Higher Education



What does it support

Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education are transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions from Programme and eligible Partner Countries.

Joint Projects operate at micro level and target higher education institutions in the eligible Partner Countries specifically.

They aim to modernise and reform higher education institutions through activities such as:

  • Developing new curricula or improving existing ones;
  • Improving governance and management systems;
  • Building relationships between higher education institutions and relevant socio-economic actors.

Structural projects operate at macro level and target national higher education systems and policies in the eligible Partner Countries. They involve activities such as:

  • Modernisation of policies, governance and management of higher education systems;
  • Strengthening relations between higher education systems and the wider socio-economic environment.

Projects can involve, where relevant, NGOs, SMEs and any organisations in the field of higher education.


Who can benefit from it

The focus of capacity-building projects is primarily on the higher education institutions in the eligible Partner Countries. Higher education institutions in the Programme Countries can also benefit indirectly from their participation in the programme.

However, academic and administrative staff in higher education institutions, students and public administrations and national authorities (such as Ministries) can all benefit from these projects.



Publication of the call for proposal 20 October 2016

Deadline for submission of applications 9 February 2017 (12:00 CET Midday Brussels time)

Evaluation period March-May 2017 (2 months)

Consultation of Partner Countries June 2017 (1 month)

Information to applicants End July 2017

Signing of grant agreement September 2017

Start date of the action 15 October 2017



What support is available

The grant is intended to support the following costs related to the implementation of the project:

  • Staff costs
  • Travel costs and costs of stay
  • Equipment costs
  • Sub-contracting


Who can apply

The following types of participating organisations can apply for a grant: 

  • A higher education institution
  • An association or organisation of higher education institutions
  • For Structural Projects only: a legally recognized national or international rector, teacher or student organisation located in a Programme or in an eligible Partner Country.

This higher education institution/organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project.


How to apply

  1. Read the call for proposals. 
  2. Read the guidelines for applicants carefully. 
    Detailed instructions are available in the “Guidelines” and “How to apply” sections of the call for proposals, under the “Funding” page of this website.
  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. 
    The link is provided in the “How to apply” section of the call for proposals, under the “Funding” page of this website.
  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 Call for Proposals when published.  

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 external experts.

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

  1. Relevance of the project
  2. Quality of the project design and implementation
  3. Quality of the project team and the cooperation arrangements
  4. Impact, dissemination and sustainability

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 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 funding the EACEA will contact the applicants if any further action is required before awarding the contract.
  • EACEA will produce a grant agreement detailing the conditions and the level of funding. 
  • Further information will be provided at the time of the publication of the Call for Proposals.



The EACEA is responsible for the implementation of Key Action 2: "Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education" of the Erasmus+ Programme.

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.



See also

This programme has specific rules. Please make sure you read them carefully before applying.


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