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.

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.

 

Upcoming Events

EGL Study Visit – Supporting grass-roots youth participation

EGL Study Visit – Supporting grass-roots youth participation

This study visit (14-17 April 2024) will provide an opportunity to explore inclusive youth participation focusing on the practicalities and realities of meaningful participation at a local level and including seldom-heard young people.

  • Event Date: Sun Apr 14th, 9am
  • Location: Ireland
  • Mode: In Person
  • Registration Deadline: 01.03.2024
  • Audience: Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers
  • Register Here
Partnerships for Cooperation in Rural Primary Schools

Partnerships for Cooperation in Rural Primary Schools

This three-day training event will provide a space for primary school teachers from rural areas to develop plan their Erasmus+ projects. 

  • Event Date: Wed Apr 24th
  • Location: International (EU subsidised)
  • Mode: In-person
  • Registration Deadline: 11.03.2024
  • Audience: Schools
  • Register Here
Walk the Talk, Long-Term Learning Mobility Of Pupils

Walk the Talk, Long-Term Learning Mobility Of Pupils

The seminar (24-26 April) aims to bring together secondary school teachers  from across Europe interested in applying for a future KA1 mobility project, particularly Long-Term Pupil Mobility.

  • Event Date: Wed Apr 24th
  • Location: Ireland
  • Mode: In-person
  • Registration Deadline: 15.03.2024
  • Audience: Secondary School Teachers
  • Register Here
Inclusion in Erasmus+ Mobility for VET Schools Targeting Learners with Fewer Opportunities

Inclusion in Erasmus+ Mobility for VET Schools Targeting Learners with Fewer Opportunities

The seminar (27-30 May) will facilitate new contacts and partnerships among VET institutions and organisations offering education and training to learners with fewer opportunities and staff working with this target group.

  • Event Date: Mon May 27th
  • Location: International (EU subsidised)
  • Mode: In-person
  • Registration Deadline: 15.03.2024
  • Audience: VET organisations
  • Register Here
eTwinning Multilateral Seminar: Artificial Intelligence for secondary school teachers

eTwinning Multilateral Seminar: Artificial Intelligence for secondary school teachers

This multilateral seminar will bring together secondary school teachers from across Europe who are interested in eTwinning and exploring the value of AI in teaching.

  • Event Date: Fri May 10th
  • Location: International (EU subsidised)
  • Mode: In-person
  • Registration Deadline: 01.04.24
  • Audience: Secondary School Teachers, Beginner to eTwinning
ECML Summer Academy: Inspiring Innovation in European Language Teacher Education

ECML Summer Academy: Inspiring Innovation in European Language Teacher Education

The ECML is pleased to announce that it will hold a one-week Summer academy (24-28 June) for teacher educators working in the field of languages.

  • Event Date: Mon Jun 24th
  • Location: International (EU subsidised)
  • Mode: In-person
  • Registration Deadline:  17.04.2024
  • Audience: Teacher educators working in the field of language education.
  • Register Here