Call for proposals 2021 – Erasmus+ - Partnership for Excellence - Centres of Vocational Excellence ERASMUS-EDU-2021-PEX-COVE Closed!


This action supports the gradual establishment and development of European platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, contributing to regional development, innovation, and smart specialisation strategies as well as to international collaborative platforms. Centres of Vocational Excellence will operate at two levels:

  1. At national level in a given local context, by embedding CoVEs closely in the local innovation ecosystems, and connecting them at European level.
  2. At transnational level through platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence to establish world-class reference points for vocational training


Centres of Vocational Excellence are characterized by adopting a systemic approach. They are expected to go far beyond the simple provision of a quality vocational qualification. Features that characterise transnational cooperation platforms include a set of various activities grouped under the three clusters mentioned below:

  1. Teaching and learning – including providing people with skills relevant to the labour market, in a lifelong learning continuum approach; developing innovative learner-centred teaching and learning methodologies including distance learning resources developing modular and learner-centred transnational VET learning provision (curricula and/or qualifications) thus facilitating the mobility (including virtual mobility) of learners and staff, as well as the recognition at regional and/or national levels.
  2. Cooperation and partnerships – including contributing to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge in partnership with other stakeholders; and establishing business-education partnerships for apprenticeships, internships, sharing of equipment, including resources for distance learning, exchanges of staff and teachers between companies and VET centres, etc.
  3. Governance and funding – including ensuring effective governance at all levels involving relevant stakeholders; and making full use of EU financial instruments and funds. A non exhaustive list of activities corresponding to each cluster is presented in the Application Form. The activities proposed in the project applications should bring an added value and will have a direct impact on the achievement of the project results.

European community funding

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

  • 44,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 07 September 2021 - 10 days ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

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

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

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