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knowledge alliances

Knowledge alliances


Key action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Version January 2014

knowledge alliances in a nutshell
Knowledge Alliances in a nutshell

Knowledge Alliances are calls for large-scalecollaborationbetweenhighereducationand business

Focus is on

  • entrepreneurshipmindsetand skills
  • jointlydeveloped/performededucationand training activities

2 or 3 yearprojects, min. 6 organisations

Max. EU-contributionfor 2-year project = 700 000 EUR

Max. EU-contributionfor 3-year project = 1 000 000 EUR

Yearly deadline = 3 April 200X

Start notearlierthan = 1 November 200X

knowledge alliances specific objectives and expected results
Knowledge alliances:specific objectives and expected results


Innovation & sustainability & impact driven

Open toany discipline, sector and cross-sectoral cooperation

eligible countries erasmus
Eligible countries Erasmus+
  • Programme countries
    • EU-28 (including Overseas Country and Territory depending on Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom )
    • Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
    • Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Rest of the world = Partner countries
higher education institutions
  • Academic consortium members fromProgrammecountries must holdanErasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 (check:; KU Leuven = 27945-LA-1-2014-1-BE-E4AKA1-ECHE )
  • Academic consortium members from Partner countries: interinstitutional agreements
mobility in knowledge alliances
Mobility in Knowledge Alliances
  • Mobility activities of students, researchers, teaching and company staff is possible but only when added value is clear
  • Mobility activities are not the main focus here
  • Extensive mobility activities need to be funded through Key Action 1
knowledge alliances minimum requirements
Knowledge alliances minimum requirements
  • Consortium
    • Min. 6 public/private organisations from at least 3 different programme countries
    • Max. 1 public/private organisation from a partner country
    • Min. 2 higher education institutions, each having a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education
    • Min. 2 enterprises
  • Coordinator = organisation from Programme Country
  • Associated partners do not receive fund
award criteria
Award criteria

Are taken into account: proposals with min. 70% in total

in need for some inspiration
In need for some inspiration?
  • 2011 and 2012 calls for Knowledge Alliances
  • Opening up Education (September 2013) by European Commission
  • Self-assessment tool for entrepreneurial universities
budget guidelines
Budget guidelines
  • Max. EU-contribution for 2-year project = 700 000 EUR
  • Max. EU-contribution for 3-year project = 1 000 000 EUR
  • Basic eligiblecosts = impementation support
    • Depends on profile of staffinvolved (manager, teacher/trainer/researcher, technicianandadmin. staff)
    • Country of the particpatingorganisationwhosestaff is involved
  • Optionalfundingformobilityactivities
    • Travel costs
    • Subsistencecost
      • Staff
      • Learners

Impact has to go beyond consortium partners

  • Budget needs to be foreseen for presentation at University-Business Forum or other relevant events (max. 4/project)
  • Reports, handbooks, guidelines etc. should be made available as Open Educational Resources (OER)
ku leuven advice and support
KU Leuven advice and support
  • Before submission via International Office
    • As soon as possible, inform International Office about intentions
    • Advice available on request for call specifications, possible (non) academic partners, consortium management structure, …
    • Compulsory consultation in case of joint curriculum initiatives with HEI in Belgium or beyond via ‘Ondersteuningsgroep Interuniversitaire Opleidingen’
  • Submission through International Office (rector as legal representative)
  • After selection via International Office
    • Communication to EACEA for budget revise, clarifications, …
    • Grant agreement (and amendments)
    • Advice on consortium agreement and other documents commiting KU Leuven via‘Ondersteuningsgroep Interuniversitaire Opleidingen’
deadlines call spring 2014
Deadlines call spring 2014
  • Whether KU Leuven will be coordinator or partner
  • March 3 2014 = internal deadline application forms (via
    • if joint curriculum or new course programmes are included in proposal then approval or rejection by Executive Board (GeBu) April 1 2014
  • April 3 2014 = external deadline (allow at least three working days before deadline for signature rector )
  • Golden rule: inform International Office as early as possible and in case of doubt contact International Office (
more information
More information
  • Erasmus+ Programme Guide - Knowledge Alliances (p. 109-116)
  • Erasmus+ intranet page International Office
johan evers international office johan evers@kuleuven be 016 37 98 54

Johan EversInternational Officejohan.evers@kuleuven.be016/37 98 54

Your contact person for Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliances