The European Commission (EC) is calling for proposals under the Forward-Looking Projects for Adult Learning.
Forward-Looking Projects are large-scale projects that aim to identify, develop, test and/or assess innovative (policy) approaches that have the potential of becoming mainstreamed, thus improving education and training systems. They will support forward-looking ideas responding to key European priorities and that have the potential of becoming mainstreamed and giving input for improving education, training and youth systems, as well as to bring a substantial innovative effect in terms of methods and practices to all types of learning and active participation settings for Europe’s social cohesion.
Projects under Lot 3 address the adult learning policy area. These projects support the implementation of the principles and objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, the European Skills Agenda, and the Council Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults
The goal is to support transnational cooperation projects implementing a coherent and comprehensive set of sectoral or cross-sectoral activities that either:
- foster innovation in terms of scope, ground-breaking methods and practices, and/or
- ensure a transfer of innovation (across countries, policy sectors or target groups), thus ensuring at European level a sustainable exploitation of innovative project results and/or transferability into different contexts and audiences.
- The general objectives are as follows:
- Innovative initiatives with a strong impact on education and training reforms in specific strategic policy areas;
- Contributing to the strengthening of Europe’s innovation capacity by promoting innovation in education and training;
- Creating systemic change through fostering innovation at both practice and policy-level;
- Support forward-looking ideas focusing on key topics and priorities at EU level, with a clear potential to be mainstreamed in one or more sectors;
- As fully innovative, ground-breaking educational methods and practices and/or transfer of innovation: ensuring at EU level a sustainable exploitation of innovative project results and/or transferability into different contexts and audiences.
- The specific objectives include:
- Identifying, developing, testing and/or assessing innovative approaches that have the potential to be mainstreamed in order to improve education and training systems and improve the effectiveness of policies and practices in the field of education and training;
- Launching pilot actions to test solutions to present and future challenges with a view to kick-starting sustainable and systemic impact;
- Supporting transnational cooperation and mutual learning on forward-looking issues amongst key stakeholders and empowering them to develop innovative solutions and promote the transfer of those solutions in new settings, including capacity-building of relevant stakeholders.
- Priority 6: Development of national registries of quality-assured and labour market relevant training opportunities;
- Priority 7: Supporting the Pact for Skills
Duration: For Lot 3 projects should normally last 24 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).
- Under Priority 6, the consortium must include at least 3 applicants (coordinator and full partners) from a minimum of 3 EU Member States or third countries associated to the Programme.
- Affiliated entities do not count towards the minimum eligibility criteria for the consortium composition.
- It must also include public or private entities in charge of, or having a high degree of responsibility for (or influence over), the organisation and/or financing and/or provision of educational services to adults (e.g. skills assessment, validation of competences, education and training, orientation and guidance), as applicants or associated partners.
- Under Priority 7, the consortium must include only partners of existing Pact for Skills partnerships as applicants (coordinator and full partners) from a minimum of 3 EU Member States or third countries associated to the Programme. Affiliated entities do not count towards the minimum eligibility criteria for the consortium composition.
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