Partnership Finding

Good partnership is the key to a successful European project.  While National Agencies don’t have the capacity to monitor and directly connect organisations, there are lots of ways to look for and connect with partners that are right for you!

Where to Start

Think about the themes of your project. What kind of partner can best help you achieve your project goals? What experience or expertise do they need? Are there specific countries or regions you should connect with? Put together a short ‘wish list’ to focus your search.

EPALE

If you work in Adult Education or Vocational Education and Training, you can look for or request partners on EPALE Partner Search.

School Education Gateway

Schools and School Education organisations can look for or request partners on the School Education Gateway ‘Opportunities’ section.  Schools can also register on eTwinning to link with schools interested in the same areas.

SALTO Otlas

Youth organisations can look for or request partners on OTLAS, a partner-finding tool operated by the SALTO-YOUTH network.

eTwinning

eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, and others) working in schools to communicate, collaborate, and develop projects.

Search Informal Partner-finding Networks

There are many informal and unofficial networks dedicated to connecting partners, often on Facebook or LinkedIn. Those below have been running for several years. However, neither Léargas nor the European Commission are involved in running these sites, and are not responsible for the content.

EU Partner Search

Finding Partners Database

Erasmus+ Partner Finding (Facebook)

Erasmobility EU

Search Participating Organisations

Organisations that have already taken part in European projects may be interested in partnering with you.

The Erasmus+ Project Results Platform shows all current and completed Erasmus+ projects, and the partners involved. You can browse the platform by country or by keyword, or a combination of both.

You can also search Programme Results for projects led by Irish organisations since 2021.

The Value of Partnership: Vicki's Story

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Use Your Networks

Have other organisations in your sector been involved in international projects? Could they put you in touch with their partners, or recommend someone?

Social media is a good place to ask for recommendations. Many project partners have first connected through sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

National Agencies across Europe organise funded international meetings called Transnational Cooperation Activities, or TCAs. They encourage collaboration and sharing of good practice in Erasmus+. Some events, called Contact Seminars, are designed for finding partners and developing project ideas. Visit Training and Events to look for upcoming opportunities.

If you are outside Ireland, contact the National Agency in your country to find out about TCAs you can apply for.

Build the Relationship!

Once you’ve made a connection, take the time to build a solid relationship with your partner. You might ask what projects they have been involved in before, and what they learned from them. What are their aims and objectives for a new project? What are their preferred ways to communicate?

Download our handbook Mythbusting: European Project Management in Transnational Partnership Projects for guidance on building a strong partnership.

 

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Upcoming Events

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Spanish Speaking eTwinning Seminar in Spain

The aim of this eTwinning seminar is to connect Spanish speaking language teachers around Europe to create projects, share good practices, useful resources and materials.

Deadline: 25 September 2022
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“All Aboard” European Year of Youth Event on a real-life train

Young people aged 16-20 are invited to join us on a train from Dublin to Ballinasloe to learn all about European opportunities! Takes place 30 September!

Deadline: 30 September 2022
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Supporting home languages and the languages of schooling with Erasmus+

“Supporting home languages and the languages of schooling with Erasmus+” is a thematic seminar that will address such issues as literacy development, overall student wellbeing and motivation to engage in the learning process.

Deadline: 30 September 2022
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Connecting with Schools Across Europe: eTwinning and Erasmus+ Contact Making Seminar

If you are new to Erasmus + school programmes, looking for partners or are curious about how to work with other European schools, this contact making seminar is for you.

Deadline: 30 September 2022
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Principles & Practices of Youth Work

This is a training course for people working with young people to improve their skills and competencies when working with this target group.

Deadline: 22 November 2022
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Strategic Engagement in European Programmes

This workshop looks at how international youth work can compliment/ enhance the regular work of youth organisations work with young people.

Deadline: 23 November 2022