Call for proposals 2016 - Improving expertise in the field of industrial relations VP/2016/004 Closed!


The overarching objective of this call is to improve expertise and knowledge on industrial relations through activities of analysis and research, at EU level as well as in comparative terms (identifying convergences and differences in the industrial relations systems in place in the EU Member States and in Candidate Countries), thereby contributing to developing and reinforcing quality and effectiveness of industrial relations structures and processes in the Member States and in Europe as a whole.

Actions that address the following themes will be particularly welcome:

  • The role and contribution of industrial relations structures, including social dialogue, in responding to the major challenges/opportunities brought by globalisation, demographic evolutions, climate change and technological change;
  • The contribution of industrial relations structures, including social dialogue, to reaching economic and social outcomes in terms of: economic growth and competitiveness; social inclusion and fairness; job creation and job quality;
  • The role of industrial relations structures, including social dialogue, in the context of the European Semester and Economic and Monetary Union;
  • The impact of coordination of collective bargaining across different levels and territories.


The following categories of actions are targeted:

  • Activities to further deepen the analysis on topics/key findings that were examined in the European Commission's Industrial Relations in Europe series and/or the chapter on social dialogue in Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2015;
  • Research activities such as studies, surveys and other forms of data collection, monitoring exercises, action research;
  • Measures to enhance the collection and use of (comparative) information on industrial relations systems in EU Member States and Candidate Countries and on developments at European level;
  • Initiatives to promote awareness of effective industrial relations practices, at both national and European level, including by bringing together relevant actors such as academia, social partners and policy makers;
  • Measures to identify and exchange information in the area of industrial relations, including through the activities of networks between industrial relations parties and/or experts;
  • Actions to disseminate such findings in publications, round tables, seminars, conferences, training measures and training tools.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 4,15 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 July 2016 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible


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