Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
This is an EU grant for the creation of a focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence gathers the expertise and competences of high-level experts (including Jean Monnet Chairs and/or Jean Monnet Module holders) and aims at developing synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European studies, as well as at creating joint transnational activities and structural links with academic institutions in other countries. It also ensures openness to civil society.
Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence have a major role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with European Union issues as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large. A Jean Monnet Chair holder must assume the academic responsibility of a Centre.
A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence can carry out one or more of the following activities:
- organising and coordinating human and documentary resources related to European Union studies;
- leading research activities in specific European Union subjects (research function);
- developing content and tools on EU subjects to update and complement the current courses and curricula (teaching function);
- enhancing the debate and exchange of experiences about the EU (think-tank function);
- systematic publication of the results of research activities.
The project should last three years.
Applications must be submitted by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) established in any Programme Country:
- 28 Member States of the European Union;
- EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway;
- EU candidate countries: Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia;
- any Country in the world.
Applicants should submit applications to the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) by 23 February 2017, 12 pm CET, for projects starting as of 1 September of the same year.
Higher Education Institutions established in Programme Countries must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE).
The HEIs applying to set up a Centre of Excellence must designate a Jean Monnet Chair holder to assume the academic responsibility of the Centre. Therefore, only HEIs that have already been granted a Jean Monnet Chair under a previous call for proposals can apply for a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Only one Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence can be supported in any given higher education institution.
Higher Education Institutions should read the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
For further support they should contact the National Agency in their country.
Individuals seeking to apply should contact their educational establishment.