Within the framework of Erasmus+ CBHE the European Union supports the projects aimed at achieving long-term impact on universities and HE systems in the Partner Countries.

Capacity-Building Projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships primarily between higher education institutions (HEIs) from 34 Programme and more than 150 Partner Countries. The Programme Countries contributing financially to Erasmus+ are the 28 EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Kazakhstan is a Partner Country eligible to take part in CBHE component.
Capacity-Building Projects are aimed at using HEIs as a vector to deliver the knowledge requirements for economic development through job creation, better governance, increased entrepreneurship and mobility, and a stronger civil society. Enhancing management, governance and innovation capacities, and the internationalisation of HEIs as well as modernising education systems is one of the expected impacts of the action together with regional and cross regional cooperation.
There are two types of capacity-building projects in higher education: Joint Projects and Structural Projects.

Joint Projects aimed at producing outcomes that benefit principally and directly the organisations from eligible Partner Countries involved in the project. These projects typically focus on three different categories of activities:

  • curriculum development;
  • modernisation of governance, management and functioning of HEIs;
  • strengthening of relations between HEIs and the wider economic and social environment.

Structural Projects: aimed at producing an impact on higher education systems and promoting reforms at national and/or regional level in the eligible Partner Countries. A mandatory condition for the implementation of structural projects is involvement of national authorities. These projects typically focus on two different categories of activities:

  • modernisation of policies, governance and management of higher education systems;
  • strengthening of relations between higher education systems and the wider economic and social environment.
  • The projects must clearly address the national/regional priorities defined for the Partner Countries in each category.


  1. Applicants must have an ECAS account (European Commission Authentication Service) and receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC). The PIC will be requested in the application form. To access the Participants' Portal, you will need your ECAS username and password. Given that each applicant organisation should use only one PIC code, please first check with your legal representative's office whether such a PIC number has already been created for your organisation, or use the following search tool:
    For information on how to create an ECAS account and get PIC, watch the video:
    Register here

  2. Create your official electronic application form, also called the eForm Use the official application package and the correct application form for the Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education programme action.

  3. Fill in the eForm (project data – parts A, B, C). Do not forget to complete and attach the following mandatory annexes:

    - Detailed project description (Word doc) – parts D, E, F, G, H, I
    Budget tables (Excel doc)

    - Declaration of Honour+ Mandates (in one single PDF doc)

  4. Once you have completed the eForm and attached the annexes, validate the eForm. This triggers an automatic check that informs you if your application package is complete. If this is the case, you can submit it online.

  5. When you have submitted your application online, the applicant organisation should receive a confirmation email and reference number.

IMPORTANT! There will be no call for proposals for CBHE projects in 2021.


  1. eForm (PDF Adobe document)
    A. Identification of the applicant and other partners
    B. Description of the project (summary information)
    C. Specific information related to CBHE

  2. Detailed project description (Word document attached to eForm)

    D. Quality of the project team and the cooperation arrangements
    E. Project characteristics and relevance
    F. Quality of the project design and implementation
    G. Impact, dissemination and exploitation, sustainability; LFM; Workplan
    H. Work packages
    I. Other EU grants

  3. Budget tables (Excel document)

  4. Declaration of Honour+ Mandates (in one single PDF document)

    The forms of attachments, eForm samples, as well as the Proposal Submission User Guide and other documents for completing an application package can be found on the website of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) after the announcement of the annual Call for Proposals.

    The application deadline is indicated in the annual Call for Proposals.
    Information on completed and ongoing projects can be found on the Erasmus + Project Results Platform


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