Partnerships for Innovation – Forward-Looking Projects – Cross-sectoral priorities


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Erasmus+ Programme

Programme Description

Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.

Erasmus+ strengthens its efforts to increase the opportunities offered to more participants and to a wider range of organisations, focusing on its qualitative impact and contributing to more inclusive and cohesive, greener and digitally fit societies.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Partnerships for Innovation – Forward-Looking Projects – Cross-sectoral priorities


This topic is part of the Forward Looking Projects action.

Forward Looking Projects are large-scale projects that aim to identify, develop, test and / or evaluate innovative (policy) approaches that can be integrated, thus improving education and training systems.

Lot 1: Cross-sectoral priorities
Projects under Lot 1 can use different educational areas or bridge educational areas. Proposals submitted under Lot 1 must cover one of two priorities:

Priority 1: Support for high quality and inclusive digital education, in line with the Digital Education Action Plan
Priority 2: Support education and training systems for adaptation to transition

Detailed Call Description

Proposals submitted under Lot 1 must address one of the following 2 priorities:
Priority 1: Supporting high quality and inclusive digital education, in line with the Digital Education Action Plan

Education and training systems are currently undergoing a deep digital transformation, which is being driven by
advances in connectivity; the widespread use of devices and digital applications; the need for individual flexibility, the wider availability of and need for high-quality digital education content and the ever-increasing demand for digital skills.
The Digital Education Action Plan has two strategic priorities:

  • Supporting the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem (1)
  • Addressing the need to enhance digital competences for the digital transformation (2)

The Digital Education Action Plan sets out to support more effective cooperation on digital education and training at EU level through the set-up of a European Digital Education Hub. The Hub will promote cross-sectoral collaboration, identify and share good practice and support Member States and the education and training sector with tools, frameworks, guidance, technical expertise and research in the domain of digital education. The Hub should link national and regional digital education initiatives and actors and support new models for exchange of digital education content, addressing issues such as common standards, interoperability, accessibility and quality-assurance.

Forward-Looking Projects will address specifically at least one of the three following areas under Priority 1:
A) Key success factors for inclusive and high-quality digital education and training.
B) Artificial Intelligence in education
C) High-quality digital education content

Priority 2: Supporting education and training systems to adapt for the green transition
The European Green Deal highlights the importance of mobilising the education and training sector to support the transition to a greener and more sustainable Europe. Education and training systems and institutions can be catalysts for achieving this change. All these actions aim at helping people acquire knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient economy and society. 

Forward-Looking Projects will address at least one of the three following areas under Priority 2:
A) Promoting whole institution approaches to sustainability
B) Developing the skills and competences of learners and educators related to sustainability
C) Empowering citizens to act on sustainability, the environment and climate change, including in the context of the new Education for Climate Coalition

Call Total Budget


Thematic Categories

  • Education and training
  • Industry
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Chambers
  • Educational Institutions
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Training Centres

Eligibility For Participation Notes

For all Lots:

  • The partnership must include at least 3 full partners from a minimum of 3 EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme (including at least 2 EU Member States).

For Lot 1: Such organisations can be (non-exhaustive list):

  • Education and training organisations (e.g. education and training providers such as schools, Higher Education Institutions, VET and Adult education providers, associations, NGOs);
  • Public or private companies that offer training to their employees or partners in the value/supply chain.
  • Drivers of innovation and territorial development (e.g. eco-innovation labs, research centres, innovation agencies, regional development authorities, SMEs, large companies);
  • Policy-makers and public authorities at national, regional and local level (e.g. Ministries of Innovation, Education, Labour, Economy, public and private employment services, qualification authorities, etc.);
  • Organisations carrying out cross-sector activities and other labour market actors (e.g. social partners, sectoral organisations, chambers of industry/commerce/crafts and other intermediary bodies, trade organisations, civil society, sports and cultural organisations, teachers and trainers associations, youth and parents associations, labour market actors);
  • Public or private entities in charge of, or having a 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).
  • National, International, regional and sectorial skills competition organizations. Higher education institutions established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Foundation for the Management of European (EU) Lifelong Learning Programmes
Tel: +357 22 448 888

Youth Board of Cyprus
Tel: +357 22 402 644

(Publish Date: 14/12/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

European Education and Culture Executive Agency: