European University Capacity Building


Support for European University Capacity Building

Call for submissions October 2019

The European Universities Initiative was conceived in response to the EU’s ambition to build a European Education Area; its aim being to bring together a new generation of creative Europeans with the ability to cooperate across languages, borders and disciplines to address societal challenges and to ensure the continued competitiveness of Europe.

It sets out to encourage the emergence of several ‘European Universities’ by 2024, consisting of alliances of bottom-up networks of universities across the EU which will enable students to obtain a degree by combining studies in several EU countries and contribute to the international competitiveness of European universities.

In order to achieve this major step forward, the European Commission is testing different cooperation models for European Universities with two calls for proposals under the Erasmus+ Programme.

The alliances will:

  • be open to partners from all types of higher education institution and cover a broad geographic scope across Europe;
  • be based upon a co-envisioned long-term strategy focused on sustainability, excellence and European values;
  • offer student-centred curricula jointly delivered across inter-university campuses, where a diverse student bodies can build their own programmes and experience mobility at all levels of study;
  • adopt a challenge-based approach according to which students, academics and external partners can cooperate in inter-disciplinary teams to tackle the biggest issues facing Europe today.

This call for applications, developed by the Higher Education Authority with the support of the Department of Education and Skills, will offer financial support for certain vouched costs to eligible Irish HEIs to facilitate their efforts to participate in these networks.

Call Document

Application procedure

Proposals must be emailed in electronic format to using the application form issued by the HEA and available below.

Queries to Niall Kelly, Policy and Planning, Higher Education Authority / / 01 231 7100

Submissions should be received by the HEA in electronic format before 5pm, Friday 22nd November 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. A signed / hard copy is not required.


Download Application Form