Mat Wright

Changing lives, opening minds


Funding opportunity

Key dates

Deadlines to apply for Mobility funding: Wednesday 4 March 2015 11:00am UK time  (Now closed)

Deadline to apply for Strategic Partnerships funding: Tuesday 31 March 2015 11:00am UK time 

All activities to be undertaken in 2015/16.


Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with higher education institutions (HEIs) invited to apply for funding each year. It then enables HEIs to offer exciting opportunities for their students and staff to study, work, teach and train abroad in Europe. Erasmus+ also aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. 

It is managed in the UK by the UK National Agency - a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.

Key Actions is the collective name for activities and projects that can be funded under Erasmus+. There are two Key Action areas for HEIs: 

1. Mobility - Key Action 1

HEIs can apply for funding to offer structured study, work experience, training and teaching opportunities to students and staff. Participants are able to spend a period of time in another participating country to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness.

Key Action 1 is divided into two main types of activity: Decentralised activities for the UK run by the British Council, in partnership with Ecorys UK and Centralised activities run by the European Commission’s Executive Agency based in Brussels.

Decentralised activities:

Centralised activities:

2. Co-operation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices - Key Action 2

This is all about enabling HEIs to work together in order to improve their provision for learners and share innovative practices. HEIs can apply for funding to work in partnership with HEIs from other participating countries. 

Key Action 2 is also divided into two main types of activity: 

Decentralised activities:

Centralised activities:


UK Higher Education Institutions must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) in order to participate in Erasmus+.

If your institution is a Recognised or Listed Body you are eligible to apply for an ECHE, providing you offer courses at foundation/HND level or above. It is open to all types of higher education institutions, regardless of the academic disciplines and levels of higher education (up to and including doctorates) which they offer. Post-secondary level vocational education institutions may also participate

A Call for proposals for the award of the ECHE is held annually by the European Commission. The ECHE is awarded for the full remaining duration of the Erasmus+ Programme (i.e. until 2020), and therefore HEIs which already hold the ECHE do not need to re-apply each year.

Details of successful applicants are posted on the EACEA website.

How to apply

Higher education applications for funding for decentralised activities are made at an institutional level to the British Council following the EU’s Call to Apply. The deadline to apply for Key Action 1 (Mobility) is 11:00 am UK time 4 March 2015 and for Key Action 2 (Strategic Partnerships) is 11:00 am UK time 31 March 2015 for all activities to be undertaken in 2015/16. 

For centralised activities and deadlines, please visit the European Commission’s website.


For any enquiries please email erasmusplus.enquiries@britishcouncil.org.

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