School to Work
Aims to strengthen transnational cooperation between stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region in the field of education and work in order to prevent early school leaving and develop support for vulnerable groups of students/youth.

Baltic Training Programme 
Supports the internationalization of vocational education and training as well as entrepreneurship and the internationalization of business. www.baltictrainingprogramme.se

Baltic University Programme
Largest university network in BSR focused on sustainable regional development through cooperation in education, research and applied projects www.balticuniv.uu.se

Baltic Sea Labor Forum
Aims to promote social dialogue, tripartite structures and cooperation as crucial elements of sustainable growth and social development in the BSR www.bslabour.eu 

Baltic Science Network
Aims to provide science and research ministries of the Baltic Sea region states with an overall coordination framework to develop and implement science policy in a macro-regional dimension and to ensure a better representation of macro-regional interests on the EU level http://www.baltic-science.org/



Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. The aim is to contribute to the reduction of early school leaving rates and increase the number of 30-34 year-old students who have completed higher education. The target is to get around 5 million people involved in mobility actions.

Erasmus+ is the result of the integration of the following European programmes implemented by the Commission during the period 2007-2013: Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig), International programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, EduLink and bilateral programmes) and the Youth in Action Programme.

The main features of Erasmus+ are to promote synergies and cross-fertilisation throughout the different fields of education, training and youth; to foster new ideas; to attract new actors from the world of work and civil society and to stimulate new forms of cooperation. Erasmus+ aims to become a more effective instrument to address the real needs of human and social capital development in Europe and beyond.

Thematic priorities

Three Key Actions are split into subtopics: each of them has a specific focus group, and a yearly “requests for proposals” aspect that provide more details on the application process and application qualification criteria.

The principal key actions – with some detail on collective rather than individual actions – are:

Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals, supporting international study, training, teaching and volunteering opportunities. Action includes mobility projects for individuals: students, teachers, scholars, young workers in various fields of education and training. For more details see work programme 

Types of projects

Mobility projects in the field of education, training and youth; higher education students and staff; VET learners and staff; school education staff; adult education staff; young people and youth workers. Other types of project: Large scale European Voluntary Service events; Joint Master Degrees; Master student loan guarantee.

Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, supporting cross-institutional and cross-sectorial exchange and partnerships between education and training institutions and the world of work.

Types of projects

Strategic Partnerships in the field of Education, Training and Youth; Knowledge Alliances; Sector Skills Alliances; Capacity Building in the field of youth.

A Strategic Partnership is transnational and involves a minimum of three organisations, from three different countries.

Duration of partnerships: 2 or 3 years.

Note: Strategic Partnerships in the youth field must have a duration of between 6 months and 2 years.

Knowledge Alliances are transnational and involve a minimum of six independent organisations from at least three Programme Countries, of which at least two are higher education institutions and at least two are enterprises.

Duration of project: 2 or 3 years. The duration must be chosen at the application stage, based on the objective of the project and on the type of activities planned over its lifetime.

Maximum grant awarded for a 2-year Knowledge Alliance: €700 000; for a 3-year Knowledge Alliance: €1 000 000.

Sector Skills Alliances aim to tackle skills gaps, enhancing the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems to sector-specific labour market needs and demand for new skills with regard to one or more occupational profiles.

The eligible sectors under this Action are those which have constituted a European Sector Skills: textile/clothing/leather; commerce; advanced manufacturing; information and communication technologies; environmental technologies (Eco-Innovation); cultural and creative sectors.

Duration of project: 2 or 3 years.

Youth Capacity Building projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth in Programme and Partner Countries. These projects involve a minimum of three participating organisations from three different countries, of which at least one is a Programme Country and one is an eligible Partner Country.

Applicants must – at the specified deadline for submitting their proposals – have been legally registered organization for at least one year.


Duration of project: from 9 months to 2 years.

Key Action 3: Support for policy reform, promoting the implementation of EU transparency and recognition tools, and continuing the policy dialogue with European stakeholders in education and training. Erasmus+ also foresees financial support for extra-European mobility, as well as a new Erasmus Student Loan Guarantee Facility, which will make loans available to students undertaking second-cycle studies in another European country.

Type of project  Meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth.

Duration of project from 3 to 24 months.

Jean Monnet Activities

Thematic Actions: Promoting excellence in teaching and research in the field of EU studies worldwide. Actions foster the dialogue between the academic world and policymakers in particular, with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies. You can find more in the Erasmus+ Guide

Actions in the field of sport. Actions are expected to result in the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at European, national, and at regional and local levels.

At systemic level, sport Actions are expected to contribute to the development of the European dimension in sport, in line with the general objective of the Programme in the sport field. 

Budget and co-financing rate

Global budget: €14.774 billion. The co-financing rate depends on the key action and the particular type of project/mobility. Please see the details at Erasmus+ programme guide

Geographic coverage (general)

EU countries; EEA countries and EFTA countries; EU candidate countries and potential candidate countries, in line with the framework agreements concluded with them on their participation in the Programmes.

Some Actions of the Programme are open to any Partner Country worldwide. For some other actions the geographical scope is narrower. For more information, please consult the detailed description of the Actions of the Programme in Part B of this Guide.

Eligible applicants (general)

The specific conditions for participating in an Erasmus+ project depend on the type of Action supported by the Programme. In general terms, the Programme is open to any organisation active in the fields of education, training, youth or sport. Several Actions are also open to participation by other actors in the labour market.

Depending on the action, eligible applicants can be following actors:  participating individuals; participating organisations; research centreslocal, regional and national  authorities in the educational sector; schools, companies and organisations working in relevant sector; training centresadministrations states; universities; non-profit organisations. 

Application procedure for Erasmus+ project (general):

1. Register in the Participant Portal

2. Check the compliance with the Programme criteria

3. Check the financial conditions

4. Fill in and submit the application form

Please see Part C of Erasmus+ Guide for more details on how to apply and other application conditions.

Pre-study funding

Applications for funding pre-study will not be considered.

More info


Erasmus+ programme guide

Erasmus+ work programme 2014-2015


Regional meetings to promote EUSBSR

The Baltic Sea Strategy aims at reaching more stakeholders.

Regional meetings will attract stakeholders from several sectors and levels of governance to learn more about what the Baltic Sea Strategy can offer in the form of a framework for effective cooperation.
Two regional meetings have already taken place, in Umeå and in Hässleholm.

More information about the event in Hässleholm can be found here.


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