Inter-institutional cooperation projects

Inter-institutional cooperation projects are meant to support innovation and improvement of teaching in higher education, to contribute to the modernisation of universities and ensure a closer relationship between educational offer and labour market. Inter-institutional projects can be proposed regarding any field of study.

Thus, inter-institutional cooperation can address the issue of developing a common curriculum, by creating :
  • Integrated programmes, covering a complete cycle of study (bachelor, master or doctoral level), concluded with a joint diploma or a diploma recognised mutually ;
  • Study programmes and modules for continuous training ;
  • Teaching modules in fields with a strong inter-disciplinary component

 Joint study programmes or teaching modules can encompass the 1st cycle of study (bachelor), the 2nd(master) or the 3rd (doctoral). The curriculum and modules for continuous training will target updating already acquired knowledge, with a special focus on improving skills and competences which increase employability.
Projects focusing on developing common modules will also address issues like learning outcomes, recognition and type of diploma/certificate as well as the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and Diploma Supplement.

After a development stage of one or two years, these programmes or modules will be made available to partner institutions in a truly integrated way, including student and staff mobility and thus ensuring sustainability. When concluding the study programme, students will receive joint or multiple diplomas (or certificates in the case of modules), recognised by all participating institutions and countries.

Modernisation projects imply actions to increase attractiveness of higher education institutions and to make them more responsive to the needs of labour market, citizens and society in general.

Modernisation of higher education is necessary in curriculum (the Bologna process), financing and governance, thus helping higher education institutions face the challenges of globalisation and contribute in a more effective way to professional training and reconversion of European active population.

Cooperation within these projects can include :
  • Elaborating lifelong learning strategies and reinforcing the link between higher education on one side and vocational training (VET) on the other side, thus helping HEIs become “continuous education centres” or “open education centres” in their region.
  • Facilitating access of persons coming from socio-economically disadvantaged fields, who have received non-formal or informal education or who possess alternative qualifications, i.e. obtained by learning through accumulating practical experience.
  • Ensuring transparence of mission and performance of HEIs, increasing quality, improving governance or diversifying funding.

  • Projects that focus on reinforcing the link between the educational offer and the demands of the labour market can bring together HEIs, entreprises, professional organisations, Chambers of Commerce, social partners or local/regional organisations.

    Projects of this type can include activities that :
  • Strengthen the link between curricula and skills necessary for employment, for instance by assessing future needs of competences and by promoting the input from the business community in designing curricula, as specified in the “New Skills for New Jobs” initiative.
  • Promote mobility, entrepreneurship, critical thinking and innovative approaches as part of student curricula and as a key competence core for teachers/researchers.

  • Also, inter-institutional cooperation projects can focus on developing Intensive Programmes.

    Who can benefit ?

  • HEIs
  • Entreprises/companies/firms
  • Professional organisations
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Social partners
  • Associations, networks and other organisations with a role in the modernisation of higher education
  • Research institutes/centres

  • Application procedure

    The HEIs send their application to ANPCDEFP, observing the rules set up in the 2015 Call for Proposals (published on

    Deadline for application

    1.03.2015 (post date for the documents and 22.00 hours for the electronic application)
    Minimum duration : 1 year
    Maximum duration: 2 years
    Funding and payments

    From 20.000 to 100.000, depending on the complexity and the duration of the project Eligible costs :
  • travel, insurance for transnational mobilities – real costs, up to 500 Euro for travel between a DS and a BS and up to 300 Euro for travel between 2 BS ;
  • Subsistence for transnational mobilities of staff– scale of unit costs (based on the number of days), according to the table « Subsistence and staff rates », page 21 ; the subsistence rates for students are 30% of the rates mentioned in the table;
  • Travel for national mobilities : real costs up to 0.15 Euro/km multiplied by the number of km (roudtrip) between the city of origin and the city where the activity takes place ;Subsistence for national mobilities for staff (mobility between 2 different cities) : scales of unit costs (based on the number of days) according to the table « Subsistence and staff rates », page 21; the subsistence rates for students are 30% of the rates mentioned in the table;
  • Organisation of seminars, workshops, conferences (renting rooms, renting equipment, sub-contracting various services, like catering) – real costs ;
  • Staff costs (maximum 40% of the total eligible costs of the project) : for the staff working in the project (actual salaries plus social security charges and other stautory costs included in the remuneration) – scales of unit costs (based on number of days and cost per day), according to the table « Subsistence and staff rates », page 21 ; please, note that according to the Regulation of the EEA financial mechanism, the costs of the staff assigned to the project are eligible provided that they correspond to the usual policy on remuneration of the promoter and of the partners ; for external experts necessary in the project (only coming from DS or BS) the maximum rates in the table will apply ; in exceptional cases, duly justified by the applicant, the percentage of 40% could be increased ;
  • Publications – real costs
  • Preparation and production of project materials/products-real costs
  • Purchasing equipment necessary for the project – up to 20% from the total eligible costs – real costs (using the depreciation rules) .

  • Co-funding : the consortium will provide at least 10% of the total costs.

    Payments :

    1. In case projects amounting over 50 000 Euro, the 1-st advance payment – 40% of the contracted grant- will be transferred to the beneficiary/promoter upon signature of the contract; the 2-nd instalment of 40% will be transferred after the promoter proves that at least 70% of the 1st instalment was spent; the balance will be paid after the approval of the final report.
    2. In case of projects amounting less or equal to 50 000 Euro, the advance payment will be 80% of the total contracted grant.

    Specific eligibility rules

  • Applications will be accredited Romanian HEIs, on behalf of the whole consortium
  • At least one of the partners will be a HEI from a DS
  • The other partners can originate in DS or BS
  • The consortium will include at least three different partners

  • Minimum number of countries : 2
    Minimum number of partners : 3

    Grant awarding criteria :

    1. Relevance: The requested grant and expected results are clearly relevant to general, operational and specific objectives of the Programme and of the Measure. Objectives are clear and realistic and refer to an adequate topic/target group.
    2. Quality of the work programme: Organisation of project work is clear and appropriate for fulfilling objectives. The work programme sets and distributed tasks/activities to partners in such way as to guarantee results achieved in due time and within budget. The implementation calendar is realistic.
    3. Innovative character: The project will supply innovative solutions to clearly identified needs of clearly identified target groups. This will be done either by adapting and transferring innovative approaches already existing in countries or activity fields, or by creating new, original solutions not yet available in any of the EEA countries.
    4. Quality of the consortium: The consortium has all the professional competences, skills and experience required to implement the activities in the Work Programme. Tasks are adequately distributed among partners.
    5. Added value of transnational cooperation in the EEA: Benefits and need for transnational cooperation in the EEA (as opposed to national, regional or local approaches) are clearly demonstrated.
    6. Cost effectiveness: The proposed project is cost effective in terms of budget needed to implement planned activities.
    7. Impact: Foreseeable impact on approaches, target groups and systems is clearly defined and measures to ensure the impact are in place.
    8. Quality of the dissemination and exploitation plan: The dissemination and exploitation activities will allow optimal use of results beyond the interests of the participants in the project, during and after the contractual period.

    Applications that address social sustainability issues, in particular initiatives that help combat discrimination and intolerance, and initiatives that will improve the situation for the Roma population will be encouraged through additional priority points (20% of the maximum possible score).

    Probable date of sending preliminary information about selection results: 31.05.2015.

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