The aim of international cooperation in education in the field of teaching is to establish new and integrative educational systems, to promote innovative methods for teaching and learning, to develop new teaching plans, or to strengthen collaboration between important partners in the field of higher education as well as in the economy in general. Financial support, available for international cooperation projects with potential relevance for researchers of the University of Zurich, can be applied for via the following: The Erasmus+ funding programme, the related Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ and the International Programme.
The following paragraphs provide detailed information regarding the individual funding opportunities. The most important differences between the programs are the following:
Within the framework of Erasmus+ cooperation partnerships can also be funded. Projects with the following thematic priorities are eligible for funding in the Call 2021-2027:
Swiss institutions cannot take the project lead as Switzerland is deemed a third country within Erasmus+. A Swiss institution can participate as an official or as an associated partner (in addition to at least three further institutions from program countries). In the first scenario financing occurs via Erasmus+, in the second a separate, additional application is submitted by the Swiss institution to the National Agency Movetia (see image above). Financing is only possible in this case if the Erasmus+ application is accepted. The added value of the Swiss institution's participation must be sufficiently demonstrated in the application in both cases. Further information on this as well as the application can be found in the program manual and on the Movetia website (see links in teaser).
Parallel to the Erasmus+ Programme and the and Swiss Programme for Erasmus+, respectively, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) can pursue cooperation projects with institutions abroad directly. Examples are projects that focus on:
As with the Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ the application and selection is done via the National Agency Movetia. The benefits for the Swiss educational system must be demonstrated in the application. The following criteria apply:
Financial assistance can also be applied for through Movetia for preparatory visits (see link in teaser). These funds can be used to cover travel- and accommodation expenses in connection with potential project applications for the International Programme (CHF 800.-/person for partner institutions in Europe, or CHF 1200.-/person outside of Europe, respectively). An invitation letter is required for the application.