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Grundtvig Multilateral Networks


The aims of Grundtvig Networks are to strengthen the link between the various ‘actors’ involved in adult education in the broadest sense, to improve the quality, European dimension and visibility of activities or issues of common interest in the field of adult learning and to help make lifelong learning opportunities more widely known and available to citizens.

Grundtvig Networks are large-scale networks providing a forum or a common platform for discussion and exchange of information on key issues, policy shaping and/or research in the area of adult learning.

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Each Grundtvig Network addresses one particular thematic area, sector or set of key issues chosen from the broad field of adult learning as a whole. Priorities are mentioned in the LLP General Call for Proposals 2011-2013. Within its specific area of work, each network should seek to:

  • Further the debate on important aspects of policy and practice
  • Provide an overview of a field (through comparative studies and analyses) within a European context
  • Consider the various definitions used in different countries in terms of content and methodology, thereby contributing to the construction of a shared terminology at European level in the key areas of adult learning
  • Identify present, emergent and future needs, and in particular pinpoint aspects where European co-operation could be especially beneficial
  • Promote the dissemination of findings and recommendations and their implementation in relevant fields
  • Make a major contribution to the dissemination of good practice available at national or European level.

In overall terms, each Grundtvig Network should therefore perform three functions:

  1. It should provide a common platform and ‘reference point’ for discussion and exchange of information on key issues, policy shaping and research in the specific area of adult learning addressed
  2. It should actively assist in the networking of Grundtvig projects on subjects of common interest with the aim of promoting European co-operation and innovation
  3. It should disseminate results, insights and best practice derived from former Grundtvig projects and other initiatives conducted at the European, national or regional level in the chosen thematic area.

Each Network should therefore become a key player in the promotion of European co-operation in its specific area of adult learning.

In accordance with the type of work to be carried out by the Networks, the co-ordinating institution and core partners are organisations active in policy formulation and/or research concerning formal, non-formal or informal adult learning.

Co-ordination of a Grundtvig Network should be undertaken by an organisation with a solid infrastructure and strong links with the relevant national and regional representative bodies in its country in the subject area concerned. Appropriate European organisations, including associations, working in the field concerned may also be well equipped to take on this task. Similarly, the other non-co-ordinating partners should be suitable organisations for representing their respective countries actively and comprehensively in the Network’s development and the implementation of its activities. In cases where a Network is addressing the learning needs of a particular ‘target group’ in society, representatives of this section of the population should be actively involved in planning and conducting the Network’s activities.

A typical network consists of:

  • The co-ordinating institution, selected by the partners to be responsible for the overall organisation, management and co-ordination of the activities throughout the duration of the project period
  • Other core institutions, many of which are likely to have been present from the start of the Network and which are particularly actively involved in carrying out the Network’s tasks
  • A number of other organisations acting as permanent channels for relaying information
  • Occasional correspondents that take part in the Network’s activities.

Within the priorities announced in the LLP General Call for Proposals 2011-2013, the activities carried out by Networks, and for which a grant may be used, typically include the following:

  • Activities to facilitate and enhance European co-operation, such as exchanging information, training of project co-ordinators, promoting new projects, disseminating project results and good practice
  • Activities to promote educational innovation and best practice in the thematic area concerned, such as comparative analyses, case studies, formulating recommendations and organising working groups, seminars or conferences
  • Activities relating to project co-ordination and management.

As a minimum, each Network will be expected to:

  • Establish and maintain a good quality website to support information exchange and
  • Produce an annual report on the state of innovation in its area of activity;
  • Inform the ‘players’ in Grundtvig fully about the ’Network’s events and activities;
  • Organise at least one annual meeting of Grundtvig projects in the thematic area of the Network. This meeting can also be in the form of an open seminar or conference;
  • Have a sound strategy for sustaining the Network after the co-financing by Grundtvig has been terminated or substantially reduced;
  • Set in place appropriate mechanisms for internal assessment of progress and for quality assurance and dissemination of results.
Reference and applications: Call for proposals and LLP Guide 2013
Responsible entity Application to be sent to the Executive Agency
Who can benefit?

Any organisation concerned with adult learning, whether formal, non-formal or informal, notably:

  • Adult education providers belonging to the formal or non-formal system (e.g. primary and secondary schools giving courses for adults, folk high schools, community schools);
  • Other adult education providers, such as non-profit foundations and associations, trade unions and employers' organisations, libraries and museums, hospitals, prisons and youth detention centres, sports associations, neighbourhood organisations;
  • Higher education institutions carrying out research and/or adult curriculum development activities or providing educational opportunities for adult learners;
  • Organisations training adult educational staff;
  • National, regional and local authorities;
  • European umbrella organisations in the adult education field;
  • Professional organisations and private sector enterprises whose activities are not limited to vocational training;
  • Other 'players' providing adult learning opportunities or responding to demands for individual learning;
  • Other bodies, provided that they contribute complementary expertise. They include publishers, media, research institutes etc. Mixed consortia involving different kinds of organisations are particularly encouraged, where this is appropriate to achieving the aims of the project concerned.

Note: This Action is open to partner organisation from countries not participating in the Lifelong Learning Programme. These cannot be the coordinating organisation. See Part I of this Guide (section 1C) and – for the detailed administrative arrangements on how such organisations can participate – the website of the Executive Agency

Who can apply? Applicant organisation on behalf of the consortium.

students Individual grants and scholarships

Specific eligibility rules:

Applications must be submitted by bodies which are legal entities.

Minimum number of Countries:


At least one country must be an EU Member State.

Minimum number of Partners: 10
Project duration:

3 years

Extension of the eligibility period by up to a maximum of 6 months on request for Multilateral Projects, Networks, and Accompanying measures is possible only in exceptional cases. Total Grant will not change.

Grant allocation (in €):

Maximum 150.000/year.

Maximum Community Grant 75%

More info See the Lifelong Learning Programme Guide - Part IIb – Explanations on the Action
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