On 25 March 2021, the European Commission launched the new 2021-2027 Erasmus + Program. The Program budget is 26.2 billion euros, to which will be added approximately 2.2 billion euros from the EU's external instruments. The final amount is almost double the budget during the 2014-2020 programming period, which was 14.7 billion euros.
The new Erasmus + Program continues to offer exchange opportunities for study, teaching and training for students and teaching staff. It supports international partnerships among organizations operating in the education and training sectors in order to foster collaboration and bring the world of education and work closer together. A specific aim is to address the current need for specfic skill sets in Europe.
The Erasmus + 2021-2027 Program also introduces many innovations in order to be more inclusive, to support green and digital transitions, to promote investment in initiatives that raise awareness of environmental issues and in projects that aim to develop highly specialized digital skills.
The 2021 Call for Proposals for the Erasmus + Program was recently published together with new Program Guide which contains the guidelines related to the various actions. The funding opportunities for the higher education sector under the actions included in the program are:
Action 1 - Individual Mobility for Educational Purposes
For this first Call of the new 2021-2027 Program, the Call for mobility between Program and Partner Countries (non-European area) has not yet been published and will be available again in the next 2022 Call. However, it will be possible to use a part of the budget assigned to intra-European mobility for exchanges with Partner Countries.
Action 2 - Cooperation Among Organizations and Institutions
Cooperation partnerships in the areas of education, training and youth, except for those submitted by European NGOs (KA 220-HED) - 20th May 2021 at 12.00 (CET)
Cooperation partnerships in the sports sector - POSTPONED 17th June 2021 at 17:00 (CET)
Erasmus Mundus action - POSTPONED 17th June 2021 at 17:00 (CET)
Alliances for innovation - 7th September 2021 at 17:00 (CET)