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

Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges – information session

Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges – information session

Do you work with young people? Find out more about what youth exchanges are, how they could benefit your work and how to apply.

  • Event Date: Tue Jun 25th
  • Location: Ireland
  • Mode: Online
  • Registration Deadline: 24.06.24
  • Audience: Erasmus+, Youth
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Erasmus+ Youth Worker Projects – information session

Erasmus+ Youth Worker Projects – information session

Find out more about what is a youth worker “mobility” projects and the professional development opportunities these activities support.

  • Event Date: Wed Jun 26th
  • Location: Ireland
  • Mode: Online
  • Registration Deadline: 25.06.24
  • Audience: Erasmus+, Youth
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Erasmus+ KA2 Small-Scale Partnerships Information Session

Erasmus+ KA2 Small-Scale Partnerships Information Session

Learn about KA210! Webinar to Introduce Small-Scale Partnerships funding to the Adult, Vocational, Schools and Youth Sectors.

  • Event Date: Thu Jun 27th
  • Location: Ireland
  • Mode: Online
  • Registration Deadline: 24.06.24
  • Audience: Erasmus+, VET, Adult Education, School Education, Youth,
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DiscoverEU Pre-Departure Meeting (In-Person)

DiscoverEU Pre-Departure Meeting (In-Person)

An informal, in-person workshop designed to provide young people with the necessary information needed before they embark on their DiscoverEU journey.

  • Event Date: Thu Jun 27th
  • Location: Ireland
  • Mode: In-person
  • Registration Deadline: 26.06.24
  • Audience: DiscoverEU
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ESC Quality Label and E+ Youth Accreditation Project Development Day

ESC Quality Label and E+ Youth Accreditation Project Development Day

A Project Development Lab in Dublin for experienced organisations who have an interest in applying for their Erasmus+ youth accreditation or European Solidarity Corps (ESC) Quality Label.

  • Event Date: Tue Jul 9th
  • Location: Ireland
  • Mode: In-Person
  • Registration Deadline: 05.07.24
  • Audience: Youth, Erasmus+, ESC
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Erasmus+ Sports Information Session

Erasmus+ Sports Information Session

Find out how to apply for the Erasmus+ Key Action aimed at staff in the field of Sport ahead of the October 2024 deadline.

  • Event Date: Thu Aug 8th
  • Location: Ireland
  • Mode: Online
  • Registration Deadline: 06.08.24
  • Audience: Sport, Erasmus+
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