Notes re ERASMUS+ (Erasmus Plus) EU funding for teachers. KA1 (Key Action 1)
- Erasmus+ is the new EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport which replaces previous programmes such as Comenius, Grundtvig and Erasmus.
- Comprehensive information is available on all National Agency websites.
An English version of the Erasmus + Programme Guide 2014 is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/documents/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf
There is a list of Frequently Asked Questions(English version) on Erasmus+ here: https://ec.europa.eu/education/participants/portal/desktop/en/support/faq.html
- Countries included in the programme are all EU Member States plus Iceland, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Liechtenstein and Norway.
- Individuals can no longer apply for Erasmus+ funding. Only schools can make application for funding for Erasmus+ courses. A school can only make one application per selection round but several training areas may be included on one application.
- Participants can be education staff (teaching and non-teaching, including school managers, heads etc. working in a school.
- Application may be made for training for 1 or 2 years duration.
- Participants who have been in receipt of funding under Grundtvig or Comenius programmes in the past may be included in an application for future Erasmus+ funding.
- As soon as a school decides to make application for funding it should nominate one person who will be responsible for registering with the European Commission Participation Portal. This person should apply for a PIC (Participation ID Code) number, which is needed to make an application. This PIC number will be used on all further correspondence/applications under Erasmus+ funding. If a European project has been undertaken in the past it may be that the school already has a PIC number so that can be checked here, using the search facility – http://ec.europa.eu/education/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html. If a school is already registered and has a PIC. This PIC number can be used for the Erasmus+ application and it will not be necessary to re-register.
- A school should then prepare its European Development Plan. This Plan should, among other things;
- Identify the main areas for improvement in your school/organisation for example; management competencies, new teaching methods, ICT competencies, language competencies etc.;
- Outline how undertaking training/ job shadowing in another European country will address these needs;
- Outline how your organisation will use and integrate the competencies and experiences acquired by staff into the school and how it will assist the schools strategic development in the future;
- The European Development Plan is really important and care needs to be taken in making this as descriptive and relvant as possible. Application for training should be closely linked to the areas identified as needing improvement in the European Development Plan.
- A step-by-step guide to making an application can be found here: http://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/node/31.
- For grant support to travel costs in the Erasmus+ Programme, travel distances must be calculated using the distance calculator
- At the initial application stage it will be necessary to identify the departments within the school where training will be carried out and the country in which it is proposed to carry out this training. It is not necessary, at this stage, to nominate the overseas school where the training will take place or the people who will be participants in the training programme. That can be done later when your school knows if it is getting funding.
- Application forms are available on National Agency websites.
- Applications are made online only with a signed declaration (available on the website) scanned and attached to the online application form. No hard copies of the application should be submitted. There is a checklist at the end of the application form and this should be checked to make sure that everything which needs to be included is there.
- The amount of funding at issue is calculated automatically when the number of trainees, the duration of time and the country of the proposed training is entered into the application process. The money will cover course fees, travel costs and living and accommodation expenses while abroad. The rates for the various areas are outlined in the Guide.
- A decision re the success of the application should be available in 10 – 12 weeks after the closing date of application.