Knowledge Alliances and Strategic Partnerships


Knowledge Alliances offer the opportunity for organisations to develop a project that contributes to one of the following focus areas: 

  • developing new, innovative, and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning,
  • stimulating entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial skills of higher education and company staff,
  • exchanging knowledge and working together on new solutions.

Organisations interested in participating must do so as part of a consortium, including:

  • a minimum of six independent organisations from at least three Programme Countries
  • of which least two must be higher education institutions (HEIs), and
  • of which at least two must be enterprises/businesses (consultancies and intermediaries are eligible on the understanding that they demonstrate pertinent experience and commitment in the relevant field).

Organisations from Partner Countries are welcome, but their added value in the consortium must be demonstrated.

Projects are two to three years in length although, in exceptional cases, the duration can be extended by up to six months upon request.
The maximum funding for a two-year project is €700,000, and the maximum funding for a three-year project is €1,000,000.

Further information can be accessed here.


Strategic Partnerships are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences.  Priority will be given to the following actions: 

  • enhancing the quality and relevance of students’ knowledge and skills, promoting more student-centred learning approaches, better links between higher education institutions and employers or social enterprises;  
  • supporting innovation and creativity, through partnerships and inter- and transdisciplinary approaches;
  • ensuring education and research are mutually reinforcing, incentivising and rewarding good teaching;
  • improving institutional and system-level governance, transparency and feedback mechanisms;
  • promoting internationalisation, recognition and mobility, supporting changes in line with Bologna principles and tools.

Applications must be led by an organisation established in a Programme Country and must generally involve at least three organisations from different Programme Countries. Applications can include any number of organisations. They may also include organisations from Partner Countries, provide they bring essential added value to the project.

Strategic Partnerships can last between 24 and 36 months. Grants for projects are capped at € 150,000 per year.

Further information can be accessed here.