Extra €200m for Erasmus+ projects in 2020

Submitted by Lee Gibson on 03 September 2020

The European Commission has approved an additional €200 million of funding under its Erasmus+ programme this year in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The pandemic has had a disruptive impact on education and training, with new ways of teaching and learning requiring innovative, creative and inclusive solutions.

Two extra Erasmus+ 2020 calls will, therefore, focus on projects to boost digital education and training and promote skills development and inclusion through creativity and the arts.

Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life, said: The European Education Area needs to foster digital education and skills to mitigate disruptions caused by the pandemic and to support Europe's role in the digital transition.

"The Commission will publish extraordinary Erasmus+ calls of €200 million that will offer more opportunities to learn, teach and share in the digital era. Effective, innovative and inclusive solutions to improve digital education and skills do exist and will benefit from European support.” 

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “I am delighted that the Erasmus+ programme is being mobilised to support key actors in education, training and youth in these challenging times.

"This €200 million will be available to support digital education and training, digital youth work, but also creative skills and social inclusion. It is an important step, paving the way for the Digital Education Action Plan, which the Commission will launch this autumn.”

The Erasmus+ programme will support projects to enhance digital teaching, learning and assessment in schools, higher education and vocational training. It will also provide opportunities for schools, youth organisations and adult learning institutions to support skills development, to boost creativity and to enhance social inclusion through the arts, together with the cultural and creative sectors.

Details of the new calls can be found in the document below. Interested organisations should get in touch with their Erasmus+ National Agency. The deadline for applications is 29 October 2020  (12.00 CET).

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