On 25th October, the UK National Agency informed that EC has published finally the new call for Erasmus +. The information according to the website:
All the deadlines and application details are contained in the 2018 Call for Proposals and the 2018 Programme Guide, which are on Key Resources webpage.
The Call for Proposals is an overview document with the deadlines for 2018, while the Programme Guide contains detailed information on project rules, funding levels and application processes for Erasmus+ funding. You will need to read both documents when planning an application.
The two key changes for 2018 are in Schools Key Action 2 and in Youth Key Action 1:
- Schools Key Action 2 strategic partnerships: there is a new name for ‘schools only’ strategic partnerships, which is now called ‘school exchange partnerships’. There is a significant budget increase and a simplified application process.
- Youth Key Action 1 mobility: some elements of European Voluntary Service transfer to the new European Solidarity Corps programme. We will publish information on this as it becomes available.
For 2018 there is a budget uplift for the programme. The amount of funding available to UK applicants increases from 148 million euro (in 2017) to almost 170 million euro.
Erasmus+ and Brexit
There is a reference in the Call for Proposals to the eligibility of UK organisations beyond the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement UK Government has confirmed that the Treasury will underwrite grant agreements for Erasmus+ signed while the UK is still an EU Member State, even if payments continue beyond the point of the UK’s EU exit date. Practical details regarding how this will be implemented will be discussed with the Department for Education (the UK’s Erasmus+ National Authority) over the coming months. In the meantime we encourage UK applicants to prepare for participation as usual ahead of the 2018 deadlines for funding.