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Implementation of the European strategic objectives in Education and Training (ET 2020) (stakeholder cooperation, experimentation and innovation)

Call for Proposals EACEA/20/2012


01 October 2012


The Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ET 2020) feeds into the Europe 2020 strategy by providing common strategic objectives for Member States, including a set of principles to achieve these objectives, as well as common working methods with a set of priority areas for each periodic work cycle.

Constraints such as budget restrictions, demographic changes, unemployment, drop-outs, mismatches between the skills taught and those required by the labour market, global competition, complicate this task. The economic and financial crisis has exacerbated these challenges in the European Union, leading the European Commission to devise the Europe 2020 strategy to support Member States in dealing with the consequences of the recession and in paving the way for new growth.

The most important reporting tool for ET 2020 is the 2012 Joint Report of the Council and the Commission on Education and Training (JR). The 2012 JR took stock of progress made since the launch of ET 2020 in 2009 and found that the EU is not on track to meet the Headline Target set out in Europe 2020 concerning Early School Leaving and Tertiary Attainment. Based on these and other findings, the Commission set out a new set of priority areas, for the second work cycle 2012-14, necessary to support the Europe 2020 strategy through ET 2020.

More specifically, education systems provide competences that allow to draw benefits from socio-economic developments and enhance growth even in times of crisis. However, this can involve significant policy challenges. Education today does not only have to provide basic skills such as numeracy and literacy, but also competences that are at the intersection of different sectors, such as ICT or entrepreneurship. At the same time, it needs to respond to the needs of learners who may cumulate multiple disadvantages.

This call for proposals comprises two separate parts:

  • Part A - Support to national implementation and awareness raising of the objectives of European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), (subdivided in parts A1 and A2).
  • Part B - Support to implementation of innovative learning environments using ICT (called "Creative Classrooms") in the frame of transnational cooperation in the development and implementation of transversal education and training policy issues linked to the priorities set out in Europe 2020 and ET 2020.

Call for proposals

The Call for proposals was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (JO 2012/C  169/08) on 15/06/2012

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General Guidelines to the Call for Proposals

This document provides the detailed information related to this Call for proposal

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The Application Package

Applicants should not complete or submit the application package before reading the instructions below. They contain all practical details (such as how to submit the application, the codes required to complete the application, address for applications, etc.)

  • Instructions for completing the Application Form and its attachments : - English Français Deutsch


The application package consists of the following elements:

eForm (administrative and general information)

- Download the eForm and the User Guide - 23/08/2012

eForm attachments

  1. Detailed description of the project:
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     ODT EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
  2. Detailed budget tables and Workplan/Workpackages summary chart: excel EnglishFrançaisDeutsch - 24/08/2012
  3. Declaration of Honour by the Legal Representative of the Applicant Organisation: - EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
  4. Legal Entity Form (Applicant Organisation only)

Paper version of the Application and its specific attachments

One paper version to be sent immediately after the submission of the eForm containing:

  • One paper copy of the electronically submitted Application Package with its attachments (with the submission number received on the eForm).

  • Duly signed designation letter from public authority/ministry (Part A.1 and Part B) :
    - Part A1 - English
    - Part B - English

  • Mandate letters from all partners (for all multi-beneficiary agreement, i.e. when more than 1 participant is involved). - - EnglishFrançaisDeutsch

  • Proof of legal existence (copy of articles of associations and/or legal registration documents)

  • Annual account available for the most recent financial year (only for private organisations)

  • Financial capacity form (only for private organisations)
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  • Financial identification form

  • VAT registration (when applicable)

Supporting documents

The Decision

The Decision establishing the Lifelong Learning Programme was published in the Official Journal of the European Union L327/45 on 24 November 2006.
Consult the Decision and know more about Lifelong Learning Programme.

Annexes checklist:

pdf English for verification of the completeness of your application.


Compendia of projects selected under previous Calls for Proposals for European Cooperation in Education and Training (KA1 – Policy cooperation and innovation)

N.B.: Please note that policy experimentation (part B) is a brand new action, so no compendium is available for this part of the call. 

Payment and reporting arrangements

Models of Grant Agreement
The type of Grant Agreement (contract) offered to successful applicants will vary depending on the nature of the consortium.

A multibeneficiary grant agreement will be used by all successful consortia; a monobeneficiary grant agreement will be used for A1 sub-action when only one participant is involved.

  • Multibeneficiary Grant Agreement: -enFrançaisDeutsch
  • Grant Agreement for Unilateral projects:-enFrançaisDeutsch

Please note

  • these models are provided for information only: grant Agreements to be used will be similar but not necessarily identical to these models. Specific articles will be introduced where necessary for Grant Agreements with different payment and reporting arrangements.

  • in the framework of a Multibeneficiary Grant Agreement, what was formerly known as the "beneficiary" (called "applicant" in the application form) is now the "co-ordinator" and what was formerly known as the "partners" are now the "co-beneficiaries".

Payment arrangements

  • For ECET A1 and A2 projects (12 months' duration): 70% prefinancing, balance paid after approval of a Final Report (no progress report)

  • For ECET B projects (24 months' duration) 40% first prefinancing payment; 40% second prefinancing paid after approval of a Progress Report at mid-term; balance paid after approval of a Final Report

Model report forms and grants agreements used in previous years can be consulted in the Beneficiaries' area of this website

Financial Guarantee

It is possible that for some organisations a bank guarantee can be requested. This applies in particular to organisations that do not have the status of a public body. If a financial guarantee for pre-financing is required, an additional article is included in the grant agreement.

Model Financial Guarantee: -en


For further information and specific queries about the Call, please contact the EACEA at the specific mailbox: EACEA-LLP-ECET@ec.europa.eu

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