There are a few points to bear in mind for Swiss institutions when applying to participate in cooperation partnerships. On this page you’ll find information on the process, deadlines and all the relevant documents.
There are two ways in which institutions based in Switzerland can participate in a cooperation partnership.
1. As an official partner under the EU programme Erasmus+
Swiss institutions can participate in a cooperation partnership under Erasmus+ as official partners. In this case, all partner institutions (including Swiss partners) are supported with European funds. No application needs to be submitted in Switzerland. The European application must contain a compelling justification of the added value of Swiss participation which demonstrates that no other partner from a programme country could make the same contribution.
If the Swiss partner's participation is rejected by the competent European National Agency but the project is funded, the Swiss partner may subsequently submit an application to Movetia as an associated partner for the project in question (application deadline: 1 month after the negative EU decision).
2. As an associate partner under the Swiss programme for Erasmus+
Swiss institutions can participate in a cooperation project under Erasmus+ as associate partners. In this case, the Swiss institution is funded by Movetia within the framework of the Swiss Programme for Erasmus+. The following basic conditions must be fulfilled:
The guide "Cooperation Partnerships 2023" contains further relevant information on the application and implementation of a cooperation project.
Movetia only assesses the Swiss institution’s contribution to a cooperation partnership. It evaluates what impact the project will have in Switzerland. A mandatory criterion under the Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ is that the project must make a contribution to the education policy goals of the federal government and cantons (for youth work, the federal government‘s youth policy goals apply).
More detailed information on the evaluation criteria can be found in the guide "Cooperation Partnerships 2023".
For School education, Vocational education and training, Higher education, Adult education and Youth Work:
Swiss applications to Movetia must be submitted in parallel with the corresponding Erasmus+ application, i.e. in the same application round of the same year.
2. application deadline
EU submission deadline: 4 October 2023
Movetia submission deadline: 18 October 2023
EU submission deadline: Estimated Spring 2024
Movetia submission deadline: Estimated Spring 2024