How to Win Your Erasmus+ Project Application

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The general objective of the Erasmus+ Programme is to support (through lifelong learning), the educational, professional and personal development of people in education, training, youth and sport, in Europe and beyond. The Erasmus+ Programme also helps to contribute to sustainable growth, quality jobs, social cohesion and helps to drive innovation. Furthermore, the Programme helps to strengthen European identity and active citizenship.

The Call for Proposals is an invitation published by or on behalf of the European Commission to present (within a given deadline), a proposal for action that corresponds to the objectives pursued and meets the required conditions. Calls for proposals are published in the Official Journal of the European Union and on relevant websites of the Commission, National or Executive Agency.

Who Is the Applicant for Erasmus+ Projects?

You are the applicant for Erasmus+ projects, representing the participating organisation that submits a grant application. Applicants may apply either individually or on behalf of other organisations involved in the project. Latterly, the applicant is also defined as the co-ordinator.

What Should Project Proposals Demonstrate?

Your project proposal should demonstrate and is evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevance
  • Quality of the project design and implementation.
  • Quality of partnership and co-operation.
  • Impact, dissemination and sustainability of the project post-completion.

Therefore, a winning proposal showcases a cohesive project with these interconnected elements.

A focused view of your problem statement from the outset ensures your project has impactful yet achievable, aims. You can strengthen the overall problem statement by including the description of causes that aggravate your identified problem. Your proposed activities, in turn, support the solution.

A single project cannot solve every current societal issue; therefore it is important to focus on analysing your challenges and needs. Only include those you consider most important and realistic to address, and do not elaborate on too many needs if you do not plan on later addressing them in your proposed project.

The EU Youth Goals

Keep in mind that your project should address the EU Youth Goals. Your project can make a real difference if it encourages people’s participation in Europe’s democratic life at local, regional, national or European level. Plan your activities in such a way that they unite the participants behind the same vision and goal to create inspiring experiences.

Your Erasmus project should also be linked to the EU priorities, as follows:

  • Inclusion and diversity.
  • Digital transformation.
  • Participation in democratic life.
  • Environment and the fight against climate change.

Please note that this is an extremely competitive programme. The Erasmus+ Project Results Platform offers a comprehensive overview of projects funded under the Programme and highlights good practice examples and success stories. The platform also makes available products, deliverables and intellectual outputs which are the result of the projects funded. It may be useful to consult this platform before sending in your Erasmus+ application.

Find out more about Erasmus+ by getting in touch here.