Capacity Building

The EU has earmarked € 114 million for capacity building projects between countries participating in Erasmus + and non-EU partner countries (including China, India, Brazil, South Africa and a number of other countries in the Balkans, Asia and Latin America).

The aim of these projects is to support eligible partner countries to:

  • modernize, internationalize and increase access to higher education
  • address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems
  • increase cooperation with the EU
  • voluntarily converge with EU development in higher education, and
  • promote people to people contacts, intercultural awareness and understanding.

Note: For partnerships with Brazil and Russia it is required that other countries in the region also are included. 


Capacity building projects typically focus on one of three main activities:

  • curriculum development activities
  • modernisation of governance and management of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and systems
  • strengthening of relations between higher education and the wider economic and social environment

Organisations can choose from two types of projects:

Joint projects, which aim to support organisations from partner countries (i.e. through curriculum development, modernisation of management, etc.), and

Structural Projects, which aim to strengthen higher education systems and promote reforms at national and/or regional level.


The projects will last between 2 and 3 years, the length must be determined at the time of application - Extensions are not granted!

How to apply, how does it work, what else should you know? (European Commision)

Mobility component

In addition to the ordinary project funds, about 40% of the projects can be funded with a so-called mobility component:

  • Additional funds for mobility (travel grants)
  • Only possible between Program Country - Partner Country/Partner Country - Program Country/ Partner Country - Partner Country
  • Must be an integral and instrumental part of the project
  • Student mobility, traineeships, teacher mobility and training

Impact and dissemination

Projects are expected to have a long-term and structural impact on the involved sectors / systems / organizations / individuals involved. The innovative character of the projects, as well as the results of impact and sustainability, must be clarified in the application. If your application is based on the results of a previously funded EU project, this is considered as a positive contribution.  

Project establishment support

 Up to NOK 100,000 per project.

Application form and more information

The application form can be downloaded from DIKU's website. More information can be found here

Application deadline: Not yet available. There are annual application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The application must be submitted by the coordinating institution of the entire partnership. The coordinating institution must be an institution of higher education from a program country. If NMBU is the coordinator of the project, the application must be signed by our rector.


The partner institutions in the project must sign a mandate letter which gives the coordinating institution the right to manage the project. A scanned copy of the signed mandate letter has to be uploaded as an attachment to the application. Normally the coordinating institution will send a draft of this mandate letter to the other institutions involved. The template for mandate letters can also be downloaded from DIKU's website. All mandate letters sent from NMBU have to be signed by rector.

PIC, Erasmus Code and Charter

The following information about NMBU can be required for the application:

     Institutional code / Erasmus code: N AS03
     Erasmus Charter Higher for Education (ECHE): 269986-EPP-1-2015-1-NO-EPPKA3-ECHE
     PIC: 9990267

For more information about the participant portal and PIC, see the description of the EU's Program Framework.


Published 9. February 2018 - 14:22 - Updated 25. November 2019 - 10:33