Erasmus Academic Network

 

Academic Networks are designed to promote European cooperation and innovation in specific subject areas.

They contribute to enhancing quality of teaching in higher education, defining and developing a European dimension within a given academic discipline, furthering innovation and exchanging methodologies and good practices.

This is achieved by means of cooperation within the network between higher education institutions, university faculties and departments and may also involve professional associations and enterprises as well as other associations.

 

Which criteria must a network fulfil?

  • All networks should bring together an appropriate range of relevant stakeholders concerned by the theme addressed. Geographical coverage and a balanced participation among countries must be ensured.

  • All networks should involve the participation of at least 25 institutions from 25 LLP participating countries;

  • Co-operation within networks is expected to lead to outcomes which will have a lasting and widespread impact on higher education institutions and their environment across Europe in the field concerned.

  • One of the organisations participating in the network project must act as the co-ordinator. However, it is expected that other network partners take the lead on implementing the different parts of the work programme.

  • It is vital that the whole of the network be actively associated with its activities.

 

What is expected of the network?

  • As a minimum, each network is expected to carry out the following operational activities:

  • Establish a website and other appropriate tools to support information exchange and dissemination;

  • Produce an annual report on the state of innovation in its area of activity;

  • Provide the ‘players’ in ERASMUS with full information about the network’s events and activities;

  • Organise an annual meeting in the thematic area of the network. The meeting may also bring together representatives of other Erasmus-supported activities in the field concerned, including notably multilateral projects and intensive programmes. It can take the form of an open seminar or conference, thereby encouraging collaboration between Erasmus-supported projects and other relevant initiatives;

  • Take appropriate measures regarding the evaluation of the network's performance.

 

Which issues will academic projects tend to focus on?

  • Mapping the field. This might typically involve describing, analysing, and comparing existing teaching methods, and defining and experimenting with new ones, identifying existing high quality teaching material and placing it at the disposal of the members of the network with the aid of databases.

  • Activities in the field of quality assurance related to an academic field.

  • Facilitating European co-operation. Assessing the state of art in European cooperation, identifying needs and obstacles and ways to overcome them. Setting up tools (the use of ECTS, new models of coordination, European strategies). Promoting the production of European modules.

  • Defining and updating generic and sectoral competences using the method of the pilot project “Tuning Educational Structures in Europe”. Now it is up to network projects to take the Tuning results further. Networks are now expected to implement the methodology and outcomes of the Tuning project in their discipline.

  • Promoting synergies between teaching and research by encouraging higher education institutions to integrate research results in their teaching and link Erasmus networks with the thematic networks funded by the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission.

  • Reinforcing the link between education and society, bringing together public and private sector, scientific and professional players, thereby contributing to Europe's innovation capacity.

 

Which subject areas receive funding?

  • Priority themes and academic areas considered to not be sufficiently covered are defined in the call for proposals. The aim is to arrive at an optimal coverage of academic disciplines.

  • Continuing support for networks which have come to the end of their funding cycle is also awarded, provided that they can demonstrate a strong track record of achievements and impact and that extending their funding period will give rise to significant further developments.

 

What grant is available?

  • A maximum EU contribution to projects will be 600.000 € for the entire duration of the project.

  • The maximum EU contribution is 75%.

 

Duration

  • Maximum duration 3 years.

  • Extension of the eligibility period by up to 6 months on request for networks is possible only in exceptional cases. The total grant will not change.