EU Funding Programmes

Eindrücke aus dem Publikum der Globale Zentren Konferenz am 6. und 7. September 2022 in Berlin © DAAD/Stefan Zeitz

DAAD – National Agency in the ERASMUS+ program

The National Agency (NA) for EU university cooperation has been established as a department in the DAAD in the Erasmus+ program and its predecessor programs since 1987, making it one of the most experienced agencies in Europe.

Information and advice center for EU university programs

In addition, the National EU Agency is the information and advice center for the university programs administered in Brussels, the Bologna and the ASEM education process. We perform these tasks for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and work closely with the other agencies for Erasmus+ in Germany and Europe.

Internationalization of German universities

Since 1987, the educational programs of the EU have become important instruments for the internationalization of German universities. The current funding offers in the Erasmus+ program provide long-term support for academic cooperation, for example through the mobility of students and university staff, but also through strategic partnerships and capacity-building projects. In addition, we support the universities in the further development of their internationalization concepts.

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Afrika-EU Partnership

The EU’s partnership with Africa is a key priority for the Commission. As Europe’s closest neighbour, Africa not only shares a rich history with EU countries, but also common values ​​and interests. Through the Africa-EU partnership, the EU engages in political and policy dialogues and defines its cooperative relationship with Africa.

The current situation makes this relationship all the more important. The COVID pandemic and the growing urgency of the climate crisis show how interdependent the two continents are on each other and why it is so important that opportunities are seized and challenges tackled together.

The Africa-EU Partnership is a multi-stakeholder partnership led by EU and African Union (AU) Member States together with several non-governmental and civil society organisations, youth organisations, economic and social actors and the private sector.

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Erasmus celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, making it the oldest education program in the European Union. The ERASMUS program of the EU offers students, teachers and university staff from currently 33 European countries the opportunity to gain experience abroad, to deal with new teaching and learning methods and to get to know other people, cultures and languages ​​better. In addition, ERASMUS has developed into an important internationalization instrument for universities through student and staff exchanges, the development of joint courses and professionalization of the international offices.

ERASMUS has several funding lines:

  1. Promotion of mobility

Mobility measures are the origin and core of the Erasmus program. Universities have a wide range of options for promoting the mobility of students, teachers and university staff within and outside of Europe:

Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027 – Focus on Afrika

The European Commission published the call for proposals and the Erasmus+ program guide on November 5th. The planned total budget is around 3.2 billion euros; EUR 2.9 billion thereof for educational cooperation. This corresponds to an increase of more than 12% compared to the previous year.

The previous funding lines in the higher education sector remain in place from previous years: Funding for mobility and partnership projects; the support of joint courses and political reforms, as well as teaching and research in European studies.

European Union - African Union Summit, 17-18 February 2022

The heads of state and government of the member states of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) met on February 17 and 18, 2022 for the sixth EU-African Union Summit in Brussels.

The meeting was co-chaired by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of Senegal and the Chair of the AU, Macky Sall.

EU and AU leaders agreed on a shared vision for a renewed partnership.

The goals of the partnership are solidarity, security, peace and sustainable economic development and prosperity for the citizens of the two Unions today and in the future, bringing together people, regions and organizations.

It aims to promote common priorities, common values ​​and international law, and to safeguard interests and common public goods. This includes the protection of human rights for everyone, gender equality and the strengthening of the role of women in all areas of life, the rule of law, measures to preserve the climate, environment and biodiversity, but also sustainable and inclusive economic growth and the fight against inequalities.

Read the full statement from the summit here.

EU-Africa cooperation in Research and Innovation

As a strategic partner, the EU seeks to enhance cooperation with Africa to promote actions targeted to finding locally adapted solutions to challenges that are global in nature, but which often hit Africa hardest.

The Comprehensive Strategy with Africa and the Global Approach to Research & Innovation are the EU’s most recent policy initiatives that prioritise Research & Innovation as a key dimension of sustainable development.

The African Union – European Union High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation is the policy forum where regular exchanges on research and innovation policy take place between both continents and where long-term priorities to strengthen cooperation are decided.

Four policy priorities for EU-AU cooperation in Research & Innovation are:

Here [PDF 382.67 KB] you can find the fact sheet on the four political priorities.

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Joint Research Centre: Africa Knowledge

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has developed and hosted the Africa Knowledge Platform, which provides a gateway to data and information on Africa’s social, economic, territorial and environmental development.

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EURAXESS Africa links researchers in Africa with Europe. Here you can get free information and events on European research and policies, career and funding opportunities, networking and collaboration possibilities. EURAXESS Africa will be launched this year, 2022. Join the growing community of EURAXESS researchers here.

Funding Opportunities from the EU

You can search for funding opportunities from the EU here.

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