Cooperation partnerships are one of the Erasmus+ project formats. They make it possible for institutions of school education, vocational training, Higher education, adult education and extracurricular youth work to cooperate with partner institutions from Europe. Knowledge and experiences are exchanged and innovative approaches to education are developed in international networks. This in turn also benefits the Swiss educational landscape.
The institutions involved work together to develop innovative concepts, methods and instruments, and to exchange information about proven methods and tap into synergies. This contributes to quality development of offerings and helps to strengthen international networks.
Cooperation partnerships contribute to one or more transversal or sector-specific political priorities of the European Erasmus+ programme (see Erasmus+ Programme Guide, page 167ff). For example, they are working on making mobility and cooperation activities more inclusive or developing innovative learning and teaching methods in the area of entrepreneurial skills.
Projects can last between 12 and a maximum of 36 months depending on the objectives of the project and the planned activities. This applies for all areas of education as well as extracurricular youth work.
Educational institutions, non-profit organisations/NGOs, clubs, public authorities or cultural institutions may take part in cooperation partnerships.
In general, cooperation partnerships aim to establish close cooperation between institutions in Erasmus+ programme countries. A cooperation partnership must include three organisations from three Erasmus+ programme countries.
Swiss institutions are excluded from project management. Institutions based in Switzerland have two possibilities to be involved in partnerships: either as a full partner, or as an associate partner. In both variants, the added value of the cooperation with the Swiss institution for the project must be clearly emphasised in the application. See “Submit an application” in the right-hand column.
Swiss institutions that are involved as full partners are financed as part of the Erasmus+ project. Swiss institutions that are involved in an Erasmus+ project as an associate partner can apply for funding from the Swiss Programme for Erasmus+. The funding is primarily issued in the form of lump-sum payments for defined budget items. For detailed information, refer to the Overview of grants.
In 2021, the following aspects of the cooperation partnerships are new:
Staff from schools or other organisations working in school education can apply for financial support to visit future partner organisations before submitting a project, to establish contacts for joint projects or to prepare projects with partners. Participation in a contact seminar or international conference for networking purposes with a view to a joint mobility or cooperation project can also receive funding. More information is available here.