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EU launches COVID Response Project Call

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 27 August, 2020

The European Commission has launched a special call for Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships in response to the COVID-19 situation.

Projects of 12 months or 24 months duration will be possible subject to a budget cap of €300,000.  Details of the funding being allocated to the Irish national agencies will be published shortly.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 12.00 (midday Brussels time) 29 October 2020.

Further information can be found under Second Corrigendum to the 2020 Erasmus+ Programme Guide



The Call covers two specific areas:

  1. Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness (in the fields of school education, vocational education and training, and higher education)
  • activities to deploy digital tools and methods to deliver quality and inclusive education through online/virtual means, including blended teaching, training and learning;
  • activities to support learners, teachers and trainers in adapting to online/ distance learning;
  • activities to teach and promote safer and more responsible use of digital technology;
  • activities to understand how best to incorporate digital online technology into subject-specific teaching, training and learning, including work-based learning.

2. Partnerships for Creativity (in the fields of youth, school education and adult education)

  • activities linked to reinforce all aspects of creativity in non-formal and formal education, by enhancing the development of skills and competences;
  • measures to accelerate digital transformation and use of digital means to adapt to the way creative products, cultural goods and events are created, managed, disseminated, accessed and consumed;
  • activities to promote active citizenship and social inclusion through arts, especially among young people;
  • activities to nurture talents and foster entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship) in cultural and creative domains;
  • learning tools and resources, materials, courses and training modules to foster creativity, culture and multiculturalism;
  • artistic and cultural initiatives with an educational dimension or aimed at raising awareness on societal issues and European matters (theatre plays, exhibitions, music performances, discussion fora, etc.);
  • activities to establish or reinforce networks and new collaboration models (notably through virtual means) stimulating intercultural engagement and flourishing of creative mind-sets among citizens, in particular, young people;
  • transnational mobility activities that promote learning opportunities in creative spaces and cultural heritage sites, including creative residencies for artists and creators in the fields of non-formal/formal education and youth work.

In relation to the first area, applications can be made to the National Agencies at the Higher Education Authority and Léargas and to Léargas in relation to the second area – Partnerships for Creativity.

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