Mon, Jan 6th, 2020
The deadline for Erasmus+ KA2 applications is approaching. Taking some time now to prepare and think about the process should help you towards a successful application!
Before you begin, read through the list of eligible school and school authorities to make sure your organisation is allowed to take part in Erasmus+. Your organisation must be a school or a regional educational authority nominated by the Department of Education and Skills, or an organisation directly linked to school education.
Find partners and plan project activities
Under KA2, organisations can get support for international meetings, joint learning activities, staff and pupil mobilities, and development of new curricula and approaches. If you need more inspiration for project ideas, read how other Irish schools used Erasmus+ in the past or have a look at the Erasmus+ Guide for School Leaders. The Erasmus+ Project Results, School Education Gateway and eTwinning platforms are also good sources of project ideas and potential partners.
Check that your project idea fits in well with the priorities and objectives of Erasmus+ by reading the School Education KA2 sections of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. Pay particular attention to the programme priorities, and consider how your project ties in with them.
Have a discussion within your school or organisation about the needs that can be addressed by a partnership project. These discussions will be the basis for the activities you undertake. If you are planning mobilities, get familiar with the distance calculator and travel bands for destinations.
Select a project type
Once you have a project idea in mind, decide which type of Strategic Partnership fits best. There are two categories of Strategic Partnership in School Education:
So, if you are from a school or educational organisation interested in developing new curricula or approaches, KA201 is for you. If your school is considering partnering with other European schools, KA229 is for you.
Start your application
When you’re ready to fill in your application e-form, go to the Erasmus+ Online Applications page. You will need an EU Log In account to access the forms.
One of the first things you’ll have to do on the e-form is state your own organisation’s ID (previously know as a PIC), which will automatically fill in some fields with information about your organisation. These are required to show that an organisation has been validated as genuine and eligible to take part in Erasmus+. If your organisation does not have an ID, please read our blog post on how to register. Be aware that if you intend to name another organisation as a partner in the application form, they must have an ID as well.
After you’ve read through the application form, start writing your application and make sure to save it as you proceed so that you don’t lose any of your work. People sometimes find it easier to write in MS Word or similar and then paste to the e-form, rather than writing directly into the form itself.
Finally, re-read the application thoroughly or better yet, ask someone who is unfamiliar with the project to read it and let you know if any areas of the project are unclear to them.
All of this should help you on your way to making a successful application! If you have any other queries, please contact Deirdre O’Brien in the Client Services team.