Higher education institutions can apply for funding to run an Erasmus+ strategic partnership. Strategic partnerships can last for two or three years and are a flexible way of working with partners from different countries. Institutions can be awarded up to 450,000 euro per project.

Find out more about Erasmus+, the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.

Benefits to your institution

  • Develop partnerships with international institutions and academics
  • Work together to solve shared problems 
  • Exchange ideas, skills and knowledge 
  • Develop innovative new practices and improve education provision

What activities are possible?

Projects must focus on activities to improve HE provision across the participating countries, and address identified priorities. Activities could include:

  • developing, testing and implementing innovative approaches and practices for study programmes, students, staff and organisations;
  • facilitating the recognition and certification of skills and competences;
  • training, teaching and learning activities such as intensive study programmes, blended mobility of students, joint staff training events, and teaching and training assignments.

“The quality of the educational material the project produces will be of a far higher standard than any of our institutions could produce on their own. This has to be the key strength of the Erasmus+ partnership philosophy.” Gareth Davis, European Cleft Organisation (ECO), Netherlands, who took part in a strategic partnership project with the University of West of England.


A new additional call for Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships has been announced in response to Covid-19, with a deadline of 29 October 2020, 11am (UK time). The new call focuses on ‘Innovative practices in a digital era’ and aims to equip education and training systems to face the challenges presented by the recent sudden shift to online and distance learning.

UK institutions involved in higher education which hold an Erasmus Charter For Higher Education can apply. Find out more about this new Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships call here.