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Published:  15 Jun 2022

New call to test instruments to facilitate deeper transnational cooperation between universities in Europe

Interested organisations can now apply for a new Erasmus+ call to pilot a joint European degree label and test institutionalised EU cooperation instruments, such as a possible European legal status for alliances of higher education institutions. 

Structure of the call

Topic 1: Pilot a joint European degree label

  • Budget: €1,000,000
  • Aim: support development and piloting to implement European criteria on awarding a joint European degree label

The label would

  • recognise the value of innovative transnational learning experiences
  • increase the visibility, attractiveness and reputation, both in Europe and beyond, of such joint programmes provided by alliances of European higher education institutions
  • be issued as a complementary certificate to the qualifications obtained by students graduating from joint programmes delivered in the context of transnational cooperation between several higher education institutions

Based on the results of this preparatory work, the Commission will report to the Council of the European Union on the way forward towards a possible joint degree based on co-created European criteria, building on the instruments of the Bologna Process.

Topic 2: Pilot institutionalised EU cooperation instruments to explore the feasibility for a possible European legal status for alliances of higher education institutions

  • Budget: €1,000,000
  • Aim: support the piloting of existing European instruments to facilitate deeper, long-term flexible transnational cooperation among higher education institutions

These steps would give alliances, on a voluntary basis, the latitude to act together, make common strategic decisions, experiment with joint recruitment, design joint curricula or pool resources and human, technical, data, education, research and innovation capacities.

How to apply


The deadline for applications submission is 6 October 2022, 17.00 CEST.

The call is an open competitive call based on qualitative criteria.


This pilot call aims to deliver on the ambitions set for effective European higher education cooperation in

It builds on the European strategy for universities, presented by the European Commission on 18 January 2022.

Save the date for the upcoming information session!

Take your chance to ask questions on the pilot call.

Organised by the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture and the Education and Culture Executive Agency, an open information session for potential applicants will take place on 28 June 2022 (10.30 – 12.30 CEST) via webstreaming.

Published:  15 Jun 2022