Forward-Looking Projects

This action aims to foster innovation, creativity and participation, as well as social entrepreneurship in different fields of education and training, within sectors or across sectors and disciplines. Forward-Looking Projects are large-scale projects aimed at identifying, developing, testing and/or evaluating innovative approaches, which will lead to the improvement of the education and training system. These projects focus on all sectors of education, in particular on vocational education and training, adult education, as well as cross-sectoral cooperation at different levels of education and training.

The aim of this action is to support international cooperation projects that cover different sectors and encourage innovation in terms of establishing groundbreaking methods and practices, and/or ensure transfer of innovation, in order to establish a sustainable level of use of innovative project results and/or their implementation in different contexts and audiences.

These projects are divided into 3 Lots:

  • Lot 1: Cross-sectoral priorities
  • Lot 2: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Lot 3: Adult education (AE)
Types of activities

Within all three Lots, the priorities that the projects can are defined in the Programme Guide (a total of 6 priorities). Within the individual priorities, specific activities relevant to the selected priority can be found. The main activities within these priorities can be (non-exhaustive list):

  • Action research, mapping work, producing large-scale sectoral or cross-sectoral outputs;
  • Transnational capacity-building activities such as training, the analysis of policy contexts, policy-research, institutional adjustments;
  • Pilot activities to test innovative solutions;
  • Large-scale transnational events or networking activities, either sectoral or cross-sectoral;
  • Exploitation activities to spread results to the educational community or sector;
  • Think-tank activities, researching and experimenting with innovative ideas.

Projects under Lot 1 – Cross-sectoral priorities can address different educational sectors or bridge educational sectors. These project proposals must focus on how to support high quality and inclusive digital education, in line with the Digital Education Action Plan, or how to support education and training systems to adapt for the green transition.

Projects under Lot 2 – Vocational Education and Training are addressing the VET sector. These projects should focus on supporting the Pact for Skills, structures and mechanisms for Applied research in VET, or on green skills in the VET sector.

Projects under Lot 3 – Adult education support the implementation of the principles and objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, the European Skills Agenda, and the Council Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults. Projects under Lot 3 must address the defined priority: Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults.

Consortium composition

Eligible project applicants can be any full project partner legally established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme.t Full project partners are any public or private organisations that are active in the fields of education and training, that are key drivers of innovation and established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme.

For Lot 1 and Lot 2 such organisations can be (non-exhaustive list):

  • education and training organisations (e.g. education and training providers such as schools, Higher Education Institutions, VET and Adult education providers, associations, NGOs);
  • public or private companies that offer training to their employees,
  • research centres, regional development authorities, SMEs, large companies,
  • Ministries of Innovation, Education, Labour, Economy,
  • chambers of industry/commerce/crafts,
  • public or private entities in charge of, or having a degree of responsibility for (orinfluence over), the organisation and/or financing and/or provision of educational services to adults, etc.

Higher education institutions established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE).

For all Lots: The partnership must include at least 3 full partners from a minimum of 3 EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme (including at least 2 EU Member States).

For Lot 2: For at least three of the participating countries, the partnerships must include both employers (or their representatives), as well as education and training organisations (or their representatives).

For Lot 3: For at least three of the participating countries, the partnership must include public or private entities in charge of, or having a high degree of responsibility for (or influence over), the organisation and/or financing and/or provision of educational services to adults (e.g. skills assessment, validation of competences, education and training, orientation and guidance), as full or associated partners.

Duration of the project

Lot 1 projects can last 24 to 48 months.

Lot 2 and Lot 3 projects can last 24 months.

Funding rules

Maximum project budget per Lot:

  • Lot 1: EUR 800,000 per project
  • Lot 2: EUR 700,000 per project
  • Lot 3: EUR 1,000,000 per project

This action follows a lump sum funding model. The budget should be detailed as necessary by beneficiaries and organised in coherent work packages (for example divided into ‘project management’, ‘training’, ‘organisation of events’, ‘mobility preparation and implementation’, ‘communication and dissemination’, ‘quality assurance’, ’equipment’ etc.). The grant can cover staff costs, travel and subsistence costs, equipment costs and subcontracting as well as other costs (such us dissemination of information, publishing or translation).

More details about Forward-Looking Projects can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide on the EACEA website.    

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