Call for proposals "Entrepreneurship education"

The European Commission has published a Call for proposals “Entrepreneurship education” that aims to support the implementation of principle 1 of the Small Business Act and the Oslo Agenda for Entrepreneurship Education in Europe.
The Small Business Act recommends stimulating innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets among young people by introducing entrepreneurship as a key competence in school curricula and ensuring that the importance of entrepreneurship is correctly reflected in teacher training.

The objective of this call is to promote projects with a high added value at European level in education for entrepreneurship.
Actions will target teachers and young people in primary, secondary and tertiary education.

Specific objectives:
Projects will focus on one of the following priority areas:

– Lot 1:(a) creating trans-European models for primary and secondary school teachers to support the development of their skills and methods in applying entrepreneurial learning to different teaching subjects and to different contexts;
(b) developing, organising and executing cross-European training/education workshops for teachers of entreĀ­ preneurship at institutions of higher education (universities, colleges, business schools, universities of applied sciences, etc.).

– Lot 2: creating a European online platform for teachers/educators to enable the cross-border exchange of good practice, methods and teaching materials in the field of entrepreneurship education.

– Lot 3: developing and testing a European common framework of tools and indicators to assess entrepreneurial mindsets, attitudes and skills acquired by students in entrepreneurship education.

Proposals should address one priority area among those mentioned above. Applicants will have to indicate clearly in their proposal for which one of the above lots they are applying.
Activities must have a clear European added value. They should support European integration and cross-border cooperation.
Projects should have an impact in addressing a problem that can be better solved at European level, and in creating new models that can be widely replicated throughout Europe.
The sustainability of projects after the termination of EU funding must be ensured.

Applicants must be legal entities, public or private, whose core activity is in the field of entrepreneurship education:
– public administrations at all levels, national, regional and local authorities,
– educational institutions (primary and secondary schools, vocational schools, universities, etc.),
– NGOs, associations and foundations active in the related fields,
– education and training providers (public and private),
– chambers of commerce and industry and similar bodies,
– business associations and business support networks;

They must be based in one of the following countries:
– EU Member States;
– EEA countries: Liechtenstein and Norway;
– Candidate countries: Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro and Turkey;
– Albania, Israel and Serbia (competitiveness and innovation programme participants).

Applicants must act in a transnational consortium with partner organisations from at least two other countries.

The maximum budget allocated for the operation is approx. EUR 2 450 000.
The indicative number of projects to be supported is four to eight, depending on the size and quality of proposals received.
For lot 1: not more than 4 projects;
for lot 2 and 3: not more than 2 projects;
Maximum EU co-financing rate of eligible costs: up to 60 % (for all lots).
Maximum EU co-financing ceiling per project:
for lot 1, up to EUR 500 000;
for lot 2, up to EUR 400 000;
for lot 3, up to EUR 250 000.

Project duration
Scheduled starting date of projects: 1 November 2012.
The maximum duration of actions is:
lot 1: 36 months;
lot 2: 24 months;
lot 3: 18 months.

Deadline: 16 April 2012

The full text of the call for proposals and the application forms are available on the following website.