Erasmus+ International Projects & Partnerships

Kiel University encourages its researchers and professors to establish, either as coordinator or as partner, international co-operation partnerships with EU Programme and Partner countries.

The ERASMUS+ programme lines, Key Action 1 (KA1) and Key Action 2 (KA2), promote the participation of students and staff in international  projects.

An important component in the internationalisation of higher education institutions is the establishment and implementation of joint strategic partnerships and cooperation projects. Erasmus+ offers various instruments and programme lines to support partnerships and cooperation projects. Here is an overview of these comprehensive funding opportunities.

Short Overview of the Key Actions.pdf


The coordinator supervises the transactions between the applicant and the financing institution. S/he provides information, and organises information sessions regarding the specific programme lines.




ERASMUS+ International Project Co-ordination

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Consultation Times: Wednesday - Friday, 10.00 am until 13.00 pm


This action promotes the transnational mobility of students and academic staff. The aim is to improve the level of key skills and competencies in teaching and learning. It is also intended to expand the linguistic diversity of the EU and increase intercultural awareness, particularly through cooperations between higher education institutions in programme and partner countries.

This Key Action supports:


This action enables organisations to send or receive students, and academic staff to or from participating countries. Staff can teach or train abroad, whereas students and doctoral candidates may undertake a traineeship or carry out part of their studies abroad.

Consequently, participants benefit from the transfer of knowledge and good practice as well as learn from shared experience and discover new ideas for teaching and learning.

Project Goals

  • open up new ways to develop innovative partnerships with international partners
  • help institutions improve quality and stimulate innovation and internationalization in education and training
  • provide opportunties for learners to enhance their personal development and employability in the international labour market
  • innovate and improve the quality of teaching, by promoting the professional development of academic staff.



  • Consortium: These are typically bilateral partnerships involving a Higher Education Institution (HEI) from the Programme country and one from the Partner Country
  • Duration: 24 and 36 months
  • Award Amount: varies depending on the region
  • Call for proposals: from approx. 24.Okt. 2019 - 05 Feb. 2020 at 12:00 Brussels time


Centralized application through home university (International Center) at EACEA in Brüssel


An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) is an integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by a transnational consortium of higher education institutions. The partnership may also include other educational and/or non-educational partners with specific expertise in the study areas offered by the joint programme. The consortium is able to award double, multiple or joint Masters degrees. The special nature of the partnership lies in the  unique study programme which the cooperation is able to offer.

Project Goals

The activities are intended to:

  • encourage the mobility (long-term and short-term) of students and staff
  • attract the best talents from around the world, through competitive scholarships in Europe
  • foster innovation, excellence and internationalisation in European Higher Education
  • promote the cooperation of European universities, as well as other educational organisations and placement providers.
  • improve the level of the skills and competences of Master graduates and their employability in the international labour market



  • Consortium: HEIs from at least 3 different Programme Countries. Other organisations, such as enterprises, public bodies, NGOs and research institutes from Programme Countries or Partner countries
  • Duration: 24 and 36 months
  • Award Amount :€ 3 - 4 Million
  • Call for proposals: from approx. 24.Okt. 2019 - 05 Feb. 2020 at 12:00 Brussels time (for projects starting 01. Aug. 2020 & 31.Oct.2020)


Applications should be made to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels


The aim of this action is to enable organisations from different participating countries to form co-operations to develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth. Partnerships are intended to create a more professional and capable professional environment within organisations, and enhance their capacity to work at an EU or international level.

This Key Action supports:


Strategic Partnerships aim is to support innovative practices and joint initiatives that promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences in teaching and learning. Partnerships should enable organisations to develop and strengthen networks and increase institutional cooperation at local, regional, national or European level.

Types of Partnerships

  • Innovation - Partnerships that support the development, transfer and/ or implementation of new approaches
  • Good practice – Co-operations that confront and exchange ideas, practices and methods between education, research and business.



  • High quality skills and teaching
  • Inclusive higher education systems
  • Social inclusion
  • Open education and innovative practices in a digital era
  • Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications
  • The social and educational value of European cultural heritage
  • Tackling skills gaps
  • Promotion and reward for excellence in teaching and skills development
  • Institutional modernisation
  • Societal innovation



  • Consortium: Minimum of 3 organisations from 3 different Programme Countries (No maximum number of participating organisations)
  • Duration: 24 and 36 months
  • Award Amount: Maximum € 150.000 per year
  • Call for proposals: from approx. 24.Okt. 2019 - 21 Mar. 2020 at 12:00 Brussels time (for projects starting 01. Sep. 2020 & 31.Dec.2020)


Applications should be made to the National Agency DAAD



These are transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions (HEIs) from Programme and eligible Partner Countries. The aim is to support actions that produce an impact on governing systems, innovation and internationalisation. The projects typically focus on one of three main activities:

  • curriculum development
  • modernisation of governance and management of HEIs and systems
  • strengthening of relations between higher education and the wider economic and social environment


Types of Projects:

  • Joint Projects - support organisations from partner countries (i.e. through curriculum development, modernisation of the functioning of HEIs)
  • Structural Projects - strengthen higher education systems and promote reforms at national and/or regional level in the eligible Partner Countries.


Examples of activities are:

  • Surveys and studies on specific reform issues
  • Organisation of conferences, seminars, workshops (which should result in operational conclusions and recommendations)
  • Organisation of staff trainings on policy issues



  • Consortium: Projects addressing 1 Partner Country: 1 Partner Country and at least 2 Programme Countries. Projects addressing 2 or more Partner Countries: at least 2 Partner and 2 Programme Countries)
  • Duration: 24 or 36 months
  • Award Amount:  € 1.000.000 (three-year project)
  • Call for proposals: from approx. 24.Okt. 2019 - 07 Feb. 2020 at 12:00 Brussels time (for projects starting 15. Nov.. 2020 or 15. Jan. 2021)


Applications should be made to the EACEA in Brussels


Knowledge Alliances are transnational, mutually beneficial projects between higher education and business. The aim is to strengthen Europe's innovation capacity; support the modernisation of Europe's higher education system; and foster innovation in higher education, business and the broader socio-economic environment.

Types of Alliances


  • facilitate the flow and exchange of knowledge between higher education and enterprises
  • develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning
  • promote the entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of students, higher education teaching staff and company staff


Emphasis is placed on projects that make use of existing initiatives and support the effective use of digital media.



  • Innovation in higher education and business - organising continuing educational programmes and activities with and within enterprises
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set– the creation of new learning opportunities through the practical application of entrepreneurial skills
  • Exchange of knowledge - the involvement of company staff in teaching and research



  • Consortium: minimum of six independent organisations (at least two institutions of higher education and at least two companies) from at least three programme countries. Alliances may include cooperation with partner countries and the mobility of students and staff, if there is added value)
  • Duration: 24 or 36 months
  • Award Amount: € 700.000 (two-year project) or € 1.000.000 (three-year project)
  • Call for proposals: from approx. 24.Okt. 2019 - 28 Feb. 2020 at 12:00 Brussels time (for projects starting 01. Nov. 2020 or 01. Jan. 2021)


Applications should be made to the EACEA in Brussels


Jean Monnet Activities aim to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of EU integration studies, as well as foster  dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers.

The projects typically focus on one of three main activities:

  • Teaching and Research: Jean Monnet Modules, Chairs and Centres of Excellence
  • Support to Associations: Jean Monnet support to Associations
  • Policy debate with the Academic World: Jean Monnet Networks and Jean Monnet Projects


Types of Projects:

  • promote research and networking activities in the field of EU studies
  • enhance teaching in European integration studies
  • help networks to enhance cooperation between different universities throughout Europe and around the world
  • foster discussion and reflection on EU issues as well as deepen knowledge about the EU and its processes



  • Organisation of conferences and courses on EU studies and content policy
  • Publications on EU studies and issuesa to enhance active European citizenship
  • associations that organise and carry out activities dealing with EU studies and EU issues



  • Consortium: Depending on the activity, higher education institutions or other organisations active in the field of European integration or European integration studies, or association of professors and researchers specialising in European Union Studies, established in any country of the world.


  • Duration & Award Amount:
  1. Modules € 30.000 (three-year project)

  2. Chairs € 50.000 (three-year project)

  3. Centres of Excellence € 100.000 (three-year project)

  4. Projects € 60.000 (one, one and a half or two-year project

  5. Networks -  3 partners from 3 different conutries € 300.000 (three-year project)

  6. Associations € 50.000 (three-year project)

  • Call for proposals: from approx. 24.Okt. 2019 - 22 Feb. 2020 at 12:00 Brussels time (for projects starting 01. Sep. 2020)


Applications should be made to the EACEA in Brussels


This programme line supports the establishment of twenty 'European Universities' by 2024. The transnational network of universities should promote European values and identity, as well as increase the quality, international competitiveness and attractiveness of European Higher Education. The universities will enable students to obtain a degree by combining studies in several EU countries.

The main aims are:

  • A European higher education inter-university campus
  • A long-term joint strategy for education, focussing on sustainability, excellence and European values
  • A platform for students, academics and external partners to address the major societal issues facing Europe today
  • A curricula that offers mobility at all study levels



  • Consortium: Minimum of 3 HEIs from at least 3 EU Member States or other Programme countries & any public/private organisation (as associated partner)
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Award Amount: EUR 5,000,000
  • Call for proposals: from approx. 24.Okt. 2019 - 28 Feb. 2020 at 12:00 Brussels time (for projects starting 01. Sep. 2020 & 01. Dec. 2020)


Applications should be made to the EACEA in Brussels


Mobility with ERASMUS+ Partner Countries (KA107)

Ongoing project with the partner country Malaysia(2016-2018): Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS), Universiti Sains, Penang, Malaysia and Institute for Ecosystem Research at Kiel University (Project Coordinator: Prof. I. Unkel).


Liability Clause: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible fo r any use which may be made of the information contained therein

Strategic Partnerships (KA203)


The University of Kiel has been successful in applying for funding for for two projects:

Ancient Cities.Creating a Digital Environment on Cultural Heritage (2017-2020):  Arhus University (Dänemark),  Bergen University (Norway),  Paris University Pantheon Sorbonne (France), Birmingham University (UK), Open University, Heerlen (The Netherlands), Kiel University, Classical Archaeology (Prof. Stefan Feuser, Project Coordinator).

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Urban Dynamics (2015-2018):  Santiago di Compostela University (Spain), Paris 8 University (France), El Salvador University, USAL (Argentina), The Federal University of Paraná (Brasil), Kiel University, Department for Romance Studies (Prof. J. Gomez-Montero / Project Coordinator), Geographical Institute (Prof. R. Wehrhahn).


Liability clause: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible fo r any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Further information and advice on ERASMUS + mobility measures can be obtained from the German Academic Exchange Service / National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation / Kennedyallee 50 / 53115 Bonn/ Tel.: +49(0)228/882-8877 / Fax: +49(0)228/882-555 / E-Mail: / Homepage: