10 tips for applying for Erasmus Plus KA1 funding

Dear Coordinators,

we all know that it is high time for submitting applications for school and adult education staff mobility funding under Key Action 1.

The deadline is 02 February 2017.

“If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” – Albert Einstein

iDevelop, an international training provider, has prepared 10 useful tips for you.
Remember:

1. Consider applying as a school consortium and not a single school.
If you have joint activities, common topic or similar strategy with other fellow schools think to apply together as consortium of schools. You can save some time because colleagues from other schools can help you to prepare the documentation. Also, in consortium you can strengthen both your local and international network.

2. Take time to analyse the criteria of the evaluators.
They also have their own guide about assessing the quality of application forms. Check it and see if your chapters really provide all the necessary answers for evaluators. Ask yourself how your answers reflect the award criteria written in the guide for evaluators.

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/sites/erasmusplus/files/files/resources/2016-expert-guide_en.pdf

3. When filling in the application form, always be specific.
Be unambiguous in listing all the points, expected outcomes, targets and assessments of your activities, as well as in specifying time scales for every part of your project.

4. When in the application it is asked why the selected individuals are the most suitable to undergo training, describe their background, motivation, ability to share learning outcomes, and how their career progression will be enhanced.

5. Make a point of detailing how the mobility activity is part of a wider and long-term strategy of development and modernisation.

6. Your aims should be strategic, measurable, achievable and realistic.

7. Always keep an international dimension in mind.
KA1 projects aim to strengthen international dimension of schools with enriching their international network, getting specific knowledge or offering international learning experience for students. It would be wise to set such international goals as your project has to reflect your current needs and you need to convince evaluators why your purpose need international learning and why local only learning would not be enough to achieve your goals.

8. Do not leave the application for the very last minute.
Also, for a matter of coherence it is recommended to let an external person takes a look before submitting. You can also contact your training provider to review the form for you.

9. First application?
If you are applying for the first time, please, read the guidance.

http://www.erasmusplustraining.net/uploads/6/9/1/4/69140843/erasmus__step_by_step_guide.pdf

10. The Bible.
The application is not only about Erasmus + rules concerning the operative action plan for your project but also you need to elaborate on recommended priorities, that is, justify the activities from the point of the view of the priorities of your field.

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/sites/erasmusplus/files/files/resources/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf

 

Good luck for all and we hope to see you soon in Seville!

iDevelop team

19 May, 2016

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