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Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE)

What is the objective?

Capacity Building Higher Education Projects (CBHE) promote cooperation and partnerships that have an impact on the modernisation and internationalisation of higher education institutions and systems in Partner Countries.

Capacity building projects typically focus on one of three main activities:

  • Curriculum Development activities
  • Modernisation of Governance and Management of HEIs and Systems
  • Strengthening of relations between higher education and the wider economic and social environment

Organisations can choose from two types of projects:

  1. Joint Projects, which aim to impact principally and directly the institutions involved in the Partner Countries (i.e. through curriculum development, modernisation of management, etc.), and
  2. Structural Projects, which aim for a systemic impact and promote reforms at national and/or regional level with the support of the authorities in the Partner Countries.

How does it work?

Organisations intending to apply must do so as part of a consortium. For projects addressing one Partner Country (national projects), a consortium must in principle include two Programme Countries, as well as:

  • at least one HEI from each Programme Country taking part
  • at least three HEIs from the Partner Country
  • at least as many Partner Country HEIs as Programme Country HEIs

For projects addressing more than one Partner Country (multi-country projects), at least two eligible Partner Countries and at least two Programme Countries must be involved. A consortium must, in principle, include:

  • at least one HEI from each Programme Country taking part
  • at least two HEIs from each Partner Country taking part
  • at least as many Partner Country HEIs as Programme Country HEIs

A consortium must be led by an applicant, an organisation that submits the proposal on behalf of the partners and is responsible for the overall implementation of the project. The applicant must be:

  • a higher education institution (either from Programme or Partner country),
  • an association or organisation of higher education institutions, or
  • in the case of Structural Projects, a legally recognised national or international rector, teacher, or student organisation.

Organisations from Libya, Syria, and the Russian Federation cannot act as applicants.

Project partners may either be higher education institutions or any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training, and youth. These organisations can participate as:

  • Full Partners who participate actively in the project under the authority of the applicant, and
  • Associated Partners, who contribute to specific tasks or activities. Associated Partners are not considered part of the consortium and, as such, cannot benefit from any financial support from the project.

How to apply?

Organisations wishing to apply for Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education projects are invited to submit applications on-line to the Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

  • Before starting your application:
  1. Applicants must have an EULogin (European Commission Authentication Service) account. If you already have an EULogin account, you may use this, if not, create an EULogin account. 
  2. The applicant and all partner organisations must be registered in the Participant Portal. Organisations that register in the Portal receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC) that will be requested in the electronic application form. To access the Participants’ Portal, you will need your EULogin username and password. For detailed instruction on how to register at Participant’s Portal and acquire PIC number, check here
  • You are now ready to start the application process:
  1. Create your official electronic application form, also called the eForm. Use the official application package and the correct application form for the Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education programme action․ Fill in the eForm with the required data. The eForm and its user guide are available here.
  2. Please note that the core description of your CBHE project will have to be completed in the Annex 1 “Detailed description of the project”. Do not forget also to complete and attach the other three (3) mandatory attachments (Annex 2 Budget tables; Annex 3 Declaration of Honours; Annex 4 Mandates ) to the eForm. Please refer to the Annexes navigation tab to download the relevant templates.
  3. Once you have completed the eForm and attached the annexes, validate the eForm. This triggers an automatic check that informs you if your application form is complete. If this is the case, you can submit it online.
  4. When you have submitted your application online, you should receive a confirmation email and reference number.

For more information refer to Erasmus+ Programme Guide

Further Assistance

  1. National Erasmus+ Office in Armenia offers consultation and guidance to all Armenian applicant institutions interested in applying to CBHE projects. To make an appointment for consultation, contact neo@erasmusplus.am or call 010 58-09-63 (working hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-18:00).
  2. If you have encountered a technical problem during your application, please contact the Helpdesk services.
    Helpdesk e-mail address: eacea-helpdesk@ec.europa.eu
    Helpdesk phone: +32 2 299 0705