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EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

Partnerships for Cooperation

What is the aim?

Partnerships for cooperation are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences in the fields of education, training, and youth.

 Overall, partnerships for cooperation aim to address horizontal priorities as well as field specific priorities in the areas of

  • higher education
  • vocational education and training
  • school education
  • adult education
  • youth
  • sport

There are two kinds of Partnerships for Cooperation – Cooperation Partnerships and Small-Scale partnerships.

More information on the horizontal field-specific priorities is available in the the Programme Guide.

What are the opportunities?

Partnerships for Cooperation

These provide opportunities for a wide variety of public, private, and non-governmental organisations to implement a broad range of activities.

Depending on the objectives of the project, the participating organisations involved, or the expected impact, all projects (Cooperation Partnerships and Small-scale Partnerships) should be proportionally aimed at

  • increasing quality in the work, activities and practices of organisations and institutions involved, opening up to new actors, not naturally included within one sector
  • building capacity of organisations to work transnationally and across sectors
  • addressing common needs and priorities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport
  • enabling transformation and change (at individual, organisational or sectoral level), leading to improvements and new approaches, in proportion to the context of each organisation

Small-scale Partnerships

This is an action designed to widen access to small-scale actors and individuals who are hard to reach in the fields of school education, adult education, vocational education and training, youth and sport. As such these partnerships should be aimed at

  • attracting and widening access for newcomers, less experienced organisations and small-scale actors to the programme. These partnerships should act as a first step for organisations into cooperation at European level
  • supporting the inclusion of target groups with fewer opportunities
  • supporting active European citizenship and bring the European dimension to a local level

Within the scope of the project's objectives, there are also opportunities for learners and staff to learn, be trained, or to teach abroad, insofar as these transnational teaching, training and learning activities contribute to the achievement of the project's objectives.

How does it work?

Participating organisations intending to apply for an opportunity must be based in a Programme Country.

Applications must be led by an organisation established in a Programme Country and must involve at least three organisations for Cooperation Partnerships and at least two organisations for Small-scale Partnerships from different Programme Countries. Organisations from Partner Countries can be involved as partners (not as applicants) in Cooperation Partnerships, if their participation brings an essential added value to the project.

Applications can include any number of organisations.

What else should you know?

Partnerships for Cooperation can have different durations depending on their type. Details and grant amounts are available on the Programme Guide for

How do you apply?

Applications should generally be submitted to the National Agency in the Programme Country where the applicant organisation is established.

In case of projects submitted by European NGOs or in the field of sport, the applications should be submitted to the European Education and Culture Executive Agency.

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