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Key Action 2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices 

Knowledge Alliances

Knowledge Alliances aim at strengthening Europe's innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education, business and the broader socio-economic environment. They intend to achieve one or more of the following aims: 
• develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning; 
• stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and enterprise staff; 
• facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge. 

What is a knowledge alliance? 

Knowledge Alliances are transnational, structured and result-driven projects, notably between higher education and business. Knowledge Alliances are open to any discipline, sector and to cross-sectoral cooperation. The partners share common goals and work together towards mutually beneficial results and outcomes. 
Knowledge Alliances are meant to have a short and long-term impact on the wide range of stakeholders involved, at individual, organisational and systemic level. 
As a general rule, Knowledge Alliances target the cooperation between organisations established in Programme Countries. However, organisations from Partner Countries can be involved in a Knowledge Alliance, as partners (not as applicants), if their participation brings an essential added value to the project. 

Sector Skills Alliances

Sector Skills Alliances shall aim at tackling skills gaps, enhancing the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems to sector-specific labour market needs and demand for new skills with regard to one or more occupational profiles. 
This should be achieved by: 
• modernising VET and exploiting its potential todrive economic development and innovation, notably at local and regional levels, increasing the competitiveness of the sectors concerned; 
• strengthening the exchange of knowledge and practice between vocational education and training institutions and the labourmarketintegrating work-based learning; 
• facilitating labour mobility, mutual trust and increased recognition of qualifications at European level within the sectors concerned. 

What is a sector skills alliance?

Sector Skills Alliances are transnational projects drawing on evidence of trends in a specific economic sector and skills needed in order to perform in one or more professional fields. Sector Skills Alliances will work to design and deliver joint vocational training programmes and teaching and training methodologies. A particular focus is to be put on work-based learning, providing learners with the skills required by the labour market. Sector Skills Alliances also put the EU wide recognition tools into practice.
The sectors that will be eligible under this Action are those which have constituted a European Sector Skills Council, namely:
- Textile/Clothing/Leather;
- Commerce.

and those with skills imbalances to which current Commission policies respond, namely:
- Advanced Manufacturing;
- Information and Communication Technologies;
- Environmental technologies (Eco-Innovation);
- Cultural and Creative sectors".

As a general rule, Sector Skills Alliances target the cooperation between organisations established in Programme Countries. However, organisations from Partner Countries can be involved in a Sector Skills Alliance, as partners (not as applicants), if their participation brings an essential added value to the project.

In line with the annual Work Programme adopted by the Commission, priority will be given to projects that pursue one or more of the relevant priorities described in the introduction chapters on "Education and Training", here.

Read more: 

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide of 14.11.2014 (pp 123- 144) presents the Knowledge and Sector Skills Alliances and explains the rules and conditions for setting-up an application for an Alliance. 

Deadlines

The deadline for submission of applications is 28 February 2017 at 12:00pm (Brussels time).

How to apply?

Organisations wishing to apply for Knowledge or Sector Skills Alliances are invited to submit applications on-line to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels.

Please click here to access and fill in the eForm.

For additional technical instructions, please refer to the eForm User Guide.

Please do not forget also to complete the compulsory annexes to the eForm. Please refer to the Annexes section to download the templates of annexes.

Before starting your application

Each applicant organisation should use only one PIC code, please ask the International Relations Office (sonia.henriques@iscte.pt ) for the PIC number. You may use this PIC code to create your electronic application form.


Further Assistance

Sector Skills Alliances: EACEA-EPLUS-SSA@ec.europa.eu  
Knowledge Alliances: EACEA-KNOWLEDGE-ALLIANCES@ec.europa.eu  

If, after referring to the eForm User Guide you still have a question or have encountered a technical problem in relation to the eForm, please contact the HelpDesk services.

HelpDesk e-mail address: eacea-helpdesk@ec.europa.eu  

HelpDesk phone: +32 2 299 0705

 

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