The Minerva Action seeks to
promote European cooperation in the field of Open and Distance Learning
(ODL) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education.
Action has three main objectives:
- To promote understanding among teachers, learners, decision-makers and the
public at large of the implications of ODL and ICT for education, as well as
the critical and responsible use of ICT for educational purposes;
- To ensure that pedagogical considerations are given proper weight in the
development of ICT and multimedia-based educational products and services;
- To promote access to improved methods and educational resources as well as
to results and best practices in this field.
Who is eligible?
Minerva is open to all
institutions and organisations working in the area of ICT and ODL,
- resource centres or other organisations with expertise in the field of
“ICT in education” and / or ODL. This may also include guidance or
consultancy services, multimedia libraries, research centres, etc.
- all types of educational institutions and providers, in any sector of
- distance education institutions (including open universities);
- teacher training institutions;
- associations of teachers or learners;
- research teams working in the field of “ICT in education” and / or ODL;
- academic/educational associations or consortia at national or European
- organisations/institutions involved in educational innovation;
- public and private publishers/producers/ broadcasters and other actors in
the field of ICT and multimedia.
Minerva supports four major types of activity:
- Projects to better understand and support innovation. These are
research actions, targeted studies and comparative analyses in order to
improve understanding of the impact of ICT and ODL models on the
organisation of teaching and on the learning process.
- Activities to design new teaching methods and resources for the
development of innovative learning environments.
- Activities intended to communicate and provide access to the results of
projects in order to increase their dissemination and generalise best
- Projects intended to network and encourage the exchange of ideas and
experience connected with the use of ICT in education and with ODL.
Cooperation is encouraged between designers, users and those in position
of responsibility in education and training.
For projects under Minerva, a partnership must include at least one eligible
institution in each of at least three participating countries, at least one
of which must be a Member State of the EU. The financial support is for a
maximum of 3 years.
If you have
a specific question, you can contact the Executive Agency by email (see also our team page)
You can find more information
on the Minerva programme on the European Commission website
Information on previous projects
Several sources of information on past projects are available concerning this Action.
- The Compendium is a series of documents containing a description of all the projects by selection round.
It includes a brief summary of the activities and the contact details of
- The ISOC database (Socrates projects database) is an
interactive database containing all the projects selected in the
past. It is updated by the project coordinators directly