Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organisational, local, regional, national or European levels with the aim of:
enhancing the quality and relevance of the learning offer in education, training and youth work by developing new and innovative approaches and supporting the dissemination of best practices;
fostering the provision and the assessment of key-competences, including basic skills and transversal skills particularly entrepreneurship, languages and digital skills;
increasing labour market relevance of learning provision and qualifications and reinforcing links between education, training or the youth fields with the world of work;
promoting take-up of innovative practices in education, training and youth by supporting personalised learning approaches, collaborative learning and critical thinking, strategic use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), open educational resources (OER), open and flexible learning, virtual mobility and other innovative learning methods;
promoting structured inter-regional and cross-border cooperation: enhancing the commitment of local and regional public authorities in the qualitative development of the education, training and youth fields;
enhancing the professional development of those working or active in the education, training and youth fields by innovating and increasing the quality and range of initial and continuing training, including new pedagogies, ICT-based methodologies and use of OER;
improving the capacities of organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth, notably in the areas of strategic development, organisational management, leadership, quality of learning provision, internationalisation, equity and inclusion, qualitative and targeted activities for specific groups;
fostering equity and inclusion in education, training and youth, to enable quality learning for all as well as to prevent drop-out and promote participation of disadvantaged groups in society;
promote entrepreneurship education to develop active citizenship, employability and new business creation (including social entrepreneurship), supporting future learning and career paths for individuals in line with their personal and professional development;
increasing participation in learning and employability by developing quality career guidance, counselling and support services;
facilitating the transition of learners through different levels and types of formal/non-formal education and training through the use of European reference tools for the recognition, validation and transparency of competences and qualifications.
These objectives will be achieved through projects that:
address policy objectives, challenges and needs of a specific field (i.e. higher education, vocational education and training (VET), school education, adult education, youth); or
address policy objectives, challenges and needs relevant to several fields of education, training and youth.
In addition, in line with the annual Work Programme adopted by the Commission, priority will be given to Strategic Partnerships that aim to:
foster the assessment of transversal skills and promote the take-up of practical entrepreneurial experiences in education, training and youth work;
promote the professional development of staff and youth workers in ICT methodologies and support the production and adoption of OER in diverse European languages;
facilitate the validation of non-formal and informal learning and its permeability with formal education pathways;
pursue one or more of the priorities described in the introduction chapters "Education and Training" and "Youth" in Part B of the Programme Guide.
What is a strategic partnership?
Strategic Partnerships offer the opportunity to organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth, as well as enterprises, public authorities, civil society organisations active in different socio-economic sectors to cooperate in order to implement innovative practices leading to high quality teaching, training, learning and youth work, institutional modernisation and societal innovation. Erasmus+ offers great flexibility in terms of activities that Strategic Partnerships can implement, as long as the proposal demonstrates that these activities are the most appropriate to reach the objectives defined for the project.
What are the activities supported in a strategic Partnership?
Over the lifetime of a project, Strategic Partnerships may typically realise a broad range of activities, for example:
activities that strengthen the cooperation between organisations with a view to establishing exchanges of practices;
activities that promote the development, testing and/or implementation of innovative practices in the field of education, training and youth;
activities that facilitate the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and competences acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning;.
activities of cooperation between regional authorities to promote the development of education, training and youth systems and their integration in actions of local and regional development;
transnational initiatives fostering entrepreneurial mind-sets and skills, to encourage active citizenship and entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship).
Strategic Partnerships may also organise training, teaching or learning activities of individuals, in so far as they bring added value in the achievement of the project's objectives.
For 2015 the budget available for Strategic Partnerships is 336 219 212 euro, ditributed as followed:
The total project grant is capped at 150 000 EUR for a 1-year project, 300 000 EUR for a 2-year project and 450 000 EUR for a 3-year project.
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 education 19 , 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;
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 20).
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.