Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education (CBHE) belong to the international dimension of the Erasmus+ programme. CBHE projects are transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions from Programme and eligible Partner Countries. CBHE projects aim to support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in the Partner Countries. CBHE projects represent an important incentive for the modernization of higher education through the development of study programmes, improvement of management of HEIs and the interaction between the HEIs and the society.
They aim to modernise and reform higher education institutions through activities such as:
- Developing new curricula or improving existing ones;
- Improving governance and management systems;
- Building relationships between higher education institutions and relevant socio-economic actors.
Types of activities
Two categories of capacity building projects are supported: Joint Projects (curriculum development; modernisation of governance, management and functioning of HEIs; strengthening of relations between HEIs and the wider economic and social environment) and Structural Projects (modernisation of policies, governance and management of higher education systems; strengthening of relations between higher education systems and the wider economic and social environment).
- National projects (projects addressing one Partner Country only): minimum three HEIs from the Partner Country
- Multi-country projects (projects addressing two or more Partner Countries): minimum two HEIs from each Partner Country taking part in the project
In Partner Countries where the number of higher education institutions is lower than 5 in the whole country or in cases where one single institution represents more than 50% of the overall student population of the country, applications counting only one HEI for those countries will be accepted on the condition that the projects includes at least as many Partner Country HEIs as there are Programme Country HEIs.
Projects must include at least as many Partner Country HEIs as there are Programme Country HEIs. HEIs from Serbia can be coordinators or partner, while other types of institutions (businesses, public bodies, schools, NGOs, civil society organisations, research institutes, etc.) can be partners.
Structural Projects must also involve, as full partners, the Ministries responsible for higher education in each of the eligible Partner Countries targeted by the project.
Grant and Eligible Costs
EU grant for joint and structural projects can be 500.000 – 1.000.000 EUR. Eligible costs for all partners are staff and travel costs, while only HEIs from Partner Countries can purchase equipment and literature.
HEIs located in a Programme Country must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE).
Duration of Projects
CBHE Projects can last two or three years.
More details at the EACEA webpage: