The Commission announces a fourth Erasmus+ call for proposals to support the further rollout of the European Universities initiative. With a record total budget of €384 million, the 2023 Erasmus+ European Universities call will be open until 31 January 2023. The 2023 call, just as the Erasmus+ 2022 call, offers sustainable funding to intensify deep institutional transnational cooperation between higher education institutions, such as those selected under the Erasmus+ 2020 European Universities call, as well as opportunities to set up completely new alliances. In addition, a Seal of Excellence will be awarded as a quality label to proposals, which have been assessed and scored as high quality but could not be funded under this Erasmus+ call, to facilitate the search for alternative funding.

As in 2022, individual higher education institutions also have the opportunity to join existing alliances. Two novelties are foreseen in 2023: the full partnership will open up to higher education institutions from the Western Balkan countries. Following the 2019, 2020, and 2022 Erasmus+ calls, the current 44 European Universities alliances gather 340 higher education institutions across Europe, bringing together a new generation of Europeans who are able to cooperate and work in different languages and across borders, sectors and academic disciplines.

The Commission proposed the European Universities initiative , as part of an overall vision for the creation of a European Education Area by 2025. The European strategy for universities sets the ambition to support 60 European Universities involving more than 500 higher education institutions by mid-2024. For this, a record €1.1 billion under Erasmus+ is foreseen under the current programming period 2021-2027 to support European Universities.

Source: European Commission


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