Partnerships for Innovation

Who can apply?

  • Vocational training institutions
  • Higher vocational education 
  • University colleges and universities
  • Workforce and business sectors
  • Companies
  • Advisory organizations
  • Trade organizations
  • Other private and public offices who collaborate with the education sector 
This list is not comprehensive. For more information, see the Erasmus + Program Guide 2021.


What kind of funding is available?

The alliances are transnational, structured and result-oriented collaborative projects. The alliances will address major societal challenges, such as sustainability, digitalisation, demographic change and adjustments in the workforce. The alliances can be directed at one or more sectors, can be developed in collaboration with industry, and will promote innovative and strategic initiatives, and their results will produce broad societal effects.

It is possible to apply for financing within two categories:

  • Alliances with a focus on innovation (innovative alliances for higher education, vocational training as well as companies). This can include the development of new forms of teaching, education and training programs in working life (lifelong learning), innovative solutions to specific challenges, design of innovative products and processes, etc. 
  • Skill development alliances - sector-specific collaborations that promote innovative approaches to new skill development. This will strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship competences, through the development of new courses and study programs that are aimed at the field of practice, industries, lack of competence and are developed in accordance with European strategic goals.
  • For more information see the Erasmus + Program Guide 2021.

How much funding can you apply for?

Financial support will depend on the project description and duration. Maximum amounts within different categories are as follows:

  • Alliances for Innovation (innovative alliances for higher education, vocational training and companies):
    • EUR 1 million (project duration two years)
    • EUR 1.5 million (project duration three years)
  • Skills development alliances:
    • EUR 4 million (project duration four years)

How to apply

Partnerships for Innovation are a centralized initiative in Erasmus+ which is managed by the European Commission. The coordinator sends an application to the Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels on behalf of the entire alliance.

Application forms are made continuously available.

For more information a link to the application form and application guide for forms and mandatory attachments can be found on EACEA's website.

Seed funding

Institutions, organizations and companies that want to develop projects within the centralized measures in Erasmus + can apply to Diku for seed funding. Diku can also assist with guidance.

Read more about seed funding.

Published 7. April 2021 - 14:09 - Updated 1. September 2021 - 11:01