Erasmus+ supports institutional cooperation through various project formats. In principle, these formats enable the international cooperation of institutions in the fields of school education, vocational education and training, higher education, adult education, and extracurricular youth work. Details on the new formats being introduced in 2021 are not yet available. We expect to receive the Erasmus+ programme handbook with binding rules in March at the earliest. However, we expect that Swiss institutions will be able to participate in certain formats in 2021 as well. In these cases, they can still apply for funding from the Swiss programme for Erasmus+.

Which Erasmus+ formats can Swiss institutions participate in?

Presumably, Swiss institutions will be able to participate in Erasmus+ “cooperation partnerships” (similar to the former “strategic partnerships”). Swiss institutions are excluded from leading a project, however. You can find more information below.

It is also possible that Swiss institutions will be able to participate in certain other Erasmus+ instruments (partnerships for innovation, forward-looking initiatives, partnerships for excellence, non-profit-oriented sporting events as well as in certain projects in support of political reforms). We are still waiting on more information.

As a non-associated, non-EU-country, Switzerland cannot participate in the new “small-scale partnership” instrument.

Cooperation partnership: What are the aims?

Cooperation partnerships enable European cooperation across all levels of education and in terms of extracurricular youth work. The institutions involved work together to develop innovative concepts, methods and instruments, or to exchange information about proven methods and tap into synergies. This contributes to quality development and helps to strengthen international networks.

Cooperation partnerships are expected to have a project duration between one and three years. The consortium will have to consist of at least three organisations from three Erasmus+ programme countries. We expect that there will be one deadline for submissions per year.

How are Swiss institutions supported financially?

In 2021, Swiss institutions’ participation in Erasmus+ cooperation partnerships will be funded in a similar way to previous participation in strategic partnerships.

We will provide you with further information for Swiss institutions in the future once the details are made public at the European level (spring 2021).

We will provide you with further information as soon as the details are made public at the European level (likely in spring 2021). 

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