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Partnerships for Innovation - Forward-Looking Projects - Vocational Education and Training (VET)

This call 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.


Publication date
29 November 2022
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
Funding programme
Level of funding
EU level




There is a strong need for innovation in education and training systems, as a crucial tool not only provide current and future workers with the appropriate skills for rapidly-changing labour markets, but also to ensure the workforce is armed with the necessary creativity and skills to confront the growing complexity of current societal challenges (e.g. climate change, the protection of bio-diversity, clean energy, public health, digitalization and automation, artificial intelligence, robotics and data analysis). To this end, this call 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.

Activities/actions supported

Forward-Looking Projects are large-scale projects that aim to identify, develop, test and/or assess innovative (policy) approaches that have the potential of being scaled up to improve education and training systems.

Potential actions to be funded include: 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; activities to spread results to the education sector. In particular, under this specific call, proposal must address one of the two following priorities:

  • Promoting micro-credentials to
    • 1) promote a more inclusive labour market;
    • 2) equip people with the necessary skills for the green transition; and
    • 3) to ensure they are transferrable between countries, employers, education and training and employment systems.
  • Improving the attractiveness of VET through building new or strengthening existing partnerships and networks of VET providers; organising communications campaigns, events or networking opportunities; strengthen cooperation with economic and social actors; select testimonials, nominate ambassadors, and/or set-up awards for excellence.

Anticipated outcomes

Funded projects under this call should aim at achieving systemic impact at EU level by having the capacity to deploy their innovative outcomes on a European scale and/or by being able to transfer them into different thematic or geographical contexts.

Moreover, these projects support transnational cooperation to implement a coherent and comprehensive set of sectoral or cross-sectoral activities that either:

  • foster innovation in terms of scope, ground-breaking methods and practices, and/or
  • ensure a transfer of innovation (across countries, policy sectors or target groups), thus ensuring at European level a sustainable exploitation of innovative project results and/or transferability into different contexts and audiences.

Institution providing the funding

European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Size of funding

EUR 900,000



Overview of eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible, applicants (coordinator and full partners) must be public or private organisations/entities that are active in the fields of education and training or in the world of work and are established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme. The consortium should be composed of a mix of public and private organisations combining researchers, practitioners and partners with the capacity to reach policy-makers, and must include at least 6 applicants (coordinator and full partners) from a minimum of 3 EU Member States or third countries associated to the Programme. For at least 3 eligible countries, the consortium must include, per country at least 1 enterprise, industry or sector representative organisation, and at least 1 vocational education and training provider, or representative organisation (at secondary and/or tertiary level).

Please note that:

  • 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).
  • Organisations from third countries not associated to the Programme can be involved as associated partners (not as coordinator or full partners).

Projects should normally last 36 months (extensions are possible).

Overview of award criteria

Project proposals will be assessed taking into account the following four criteria, for a maximum score of 100 points:

  • Relevance (up to 30 points)
  • Quality of the project design and implementation (up to 30 points)
  • Quality of the partnership and the cooperation arrangements (up to 20 points)
  • Impact, dissemination and sustainability (up to 20 points)

Projects must receive at least 70 points overall to be considered for funding.


Application procedures

Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal and must use the forms provided in the Electronic Submission System. Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents, in particular:

  • Application Form Part A with administrative information about the participants and the summarised budget for the project;
  • Application Form Part B with the technical description of the project;
  • Application Form Part C containing additional project data (if any)

Application support available

For more information on the call and the application procedure please consult the Erasmus+ Programme Guide at


Link to funding opportunity

Link to the programme for more info