Projects that are submitted to the European Commission – Schools in Erasmus+ Programme

General information

Erasmus+programme recognizes two statuses of participating countries: programme countries (European Union plus FYROM, Island, Lichtenstein, Norway and Turkey) and partner countries (countries neighboring EU, including Serbia, but other countries worldwide as well). Possibilities and actions within the programme depend on the county status.

Schools from Serbia can participate as partners in the following projects:

Project type Institution role
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes Joint partner (not a member of consortium, but contributes to the implementation of activities, project sustainability and dissemination of project results)
Knowledge alliance partner (does not make minimum consortium and participation brings additional value to the project)
Sectoral skills alliances
Strategic partnerships
Capacity building for higher education partner


Most of the projects that are currently available in Serbia are intended for higher education institutions. However, schools can participate in certain types of projects as partners.


The Erasmus+ programme has three Key Actions and two separate parts – Jean Monnet and Sport.



Schools can participate in the following projects as partner:


Capacity building for higher education

These projects aim to modernize and reform higher institutions in partner countries in European Union, including Serbia. Therefore, the higher education institutions can invite schools to participate, if their participation in the project contributes to the study program modernization or cooperation between higher education and society. Schools can send staff to participate in trainings developed in the project, to get useful materials to improve teaching and so on. Unfortunately, schools cannot get equipment through these projects (equipment is purchased only for higher education institutions).


Knowledge alliances

Knowledge Alliances are transnational, structured and result-driven projects, notably between higher education and business. Knowledge Alliances are open to any discipline, sector and to cross-sectoral cooperation. The partners share common goals and work together towards mutually beneficial results and outcomes.

Generally, Knowledge Alliances target the cooperation among organizations established in Programme Countries. However, organizations from Partner Countries can be involved in a Knowledge Alliance, as partners (not as applicant), if their participation brings additional value to the project.

Knowledge Alliances are transnational and involve minimum six independent organizations from at least three Programme Countries, out of which, at least two higher education institutions and at least two enterprises.

Schools and pre-schools can participate in these projects as partners (does not make minimum consortium and participation brings additional value to the project).


Sectoral skills alliances

Sector Skills Alliances aim tackling skills gaps, enhancing the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems to sector-specific labour market needs and demand for new skills with regard to one or more occupational profiles.

Any participating organization established in a Programme country can be the applicant. This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project.

Sector Skills Alliances involve minimum nine participating organisations from at least three Programme Countries, including two Member States. An organisation can only be involved in one Sector Skills Alliance application at the same time.

Applications in front of consortium are submitted by the Programme country institution to the Executive Agency in Brussels.

Schools and pre-schools can participate in these projects as partners (does not make minimum consortium and participation brings additional value to the project).


Strategic partnerships

Strategic partnerships apply to the cooperation among institutions active in education, training, youth and sport in Programme countries, with aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organizational, local, regional, national or European levels.

Strategic Partnerships offer the opportunity for organizations active in the fields of education, training and youth, as well as enterprises, public authorities, civil society organizations active in different socio-economic sectors to cooperate, in order to implement innovative practices leading to high quality teaching, training, learning and youth work, institutional modernization and societal innovation.

Erasmus+ offers great flexibility in terms of activities that Strategic Partnerships can implement, as long as the proposal demonstrates that these activities are the most appropriate to reach the objectives defined for the project (there are strategic partnerships for the field of higher education, VET, schools, adult education, and in more than one field).

Institutions from Serbia can participate in strategic partnership project (not as coordinators, but as a partner) and participation must bring additional value to the project.

Schools and pre-schools from Serbia can participate in strategic partnership projects as partners (does not make minimum consortium and participation brings additional value to the project), only if the project include at least one institution beside schools.


Erazmus Mundus joint master programmes

These projects apply to the dissemination of project results, in order to organize Erasmus Mundus joint master programmes.


eTwinning projects

Schools and pre-schools in Serbia can join and participate in eTwinning community Serbia participates equally as other programme country.

Necessary documentation  

Participation in projects financed through Erasmus+ programme, or other EU programmes, requires schools and pre-schools to have PIC (Participant Identification Code), which is unique identification nine-digit number.

More about PIC is available in the section Frequently Asked Question

In order to prepare for the future and projects participation, schools and pre-schools should inform themselves about documentation they need, project management logic and how-to-find-partner possibilities. Documentation can be found on Executive Agency website or Erasmus+ National Agencies websites.


Additional information for schools and pre-schools is available on School Education Gateway.



Last modified: February 22, 2017