The call for proposals for the European Union’s Erasmus+ 2022 programme was launched on 23 November. With an annual budget of €3,393 million (17.2 billion pesos), Erasmus+ is reaffirming its support for inclusion, active citizenship and democratic participation, as well as ecological and digital transformations in the European Union and the world.
The programme has a wide range of options and is open to Colombian individuals, organisations and institutions in higher education, as well as vocational education and training. Among the opportunities offered by Erasmus+ are high quality Master’s degrees funded with full EU scholarships, the possibility to undertake a period of study in Europe as part of its Colombian programme, support for the modernisation and reform of higher education and education institutions and systems and vocational education and training, and teaching and research in EU studies in the world.
The International Credit Mobility (ICM) programme allows Colombian students and teaching and non-teaching staff to undertake a period of study or an internship at a higher education institution within the European Union as part of their degree. On the other hand, there are the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters (EMJM), which offer high quality integrated Masters programmes with full scholarships funded by the European Union.
To design and implement an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master, there is the Erasmus Mundus Design Measures Programme (EMDM), which contributes to the costs of these collaborative activities. Under both programmes, any Colombian higher education institution can apply for a grant and/or host students with the consortium of universities that would be part of it, and organisations such as companies, public bodies, NGOs and research institutes can participate in the consortium.
Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) projects support the modernisation and reform of higher education institutions and systems around the world. Any higher education institution and any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth can participate in the project.
Capacity Building in Vocational Education and Training (VET) programmes aim to strengthen the links between vocational training and the labour market in order to better adapt the educational offer to the local labour market; to improve the technical, managerial and pedagogical knowledge and skills of teachers and trainers; as well as competences, skills and employability of VET learners through the development of new and innovative VET education programmes, especially those offering key competences, basic language skills and ICT skills. Any public and private organisation active in the field of VET in Latin America and the Caribbean can apply to the call.
Finally, the Jean Monnet Actions (JMA) support higher education institutions inside and outside Europe, to promote teaching and research on topics related to Europe and EU-Colombia relations, fostering policy debate and knowledge exchanges. Colombian higher education institutions are eligible to apply for Jean Monnet Actions.
Opportunities in the Horizon Europe Programme
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), part of Horizon Europe, is the European Union’s flagship funding programme for doctoral and post-doctoral training of researchers. The programme funds research and innovation, and equips researchers at all stages of their career with new knowledge and skills, through mobility and exposure to different sectors and disciplines. MSCAs fund the development of excellent doctoral and postdoctoral training programmes and collaborative research projects around the world. In this way, they achieve an articulated impact on higher education institutions, research centres and non-academic organisations.
The call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Staff Exchanges is currently open for new applications for proposals until 8 March 2023. The call is open to all legal entities in Colombia. EURAXESS LAC organised an information session about the new call on 26 October. The recording and presentations are available here.