Towards a proposal for an ERASMUS+ Knowledge Alliance “Systematic Innovation Methodologies” (SIM)


Evaluating different opportunities the ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 Programme “Knowledge Alliances” seems best to fit the current state to link existing and planned curricula in “Systematic Innovation Methodologies” at different HEI (higher educational institutions) with the requirements and needs of industry.

The focus of the action is on cooperation between Programme Countries but organisations from Partner Countries can also be involved, if the added value is appropriately expressed. (Programme Guide, p. 133)

Full Partners:

Trainings in “Systematic Innovation Methodologies” address “cross cutting” methodological skills that are useful for engineers, computer scientists and other professionals, hence fit “developing entrepreneurship mind-set and skills” (Programme Guide, p. 106) and should be included as “general studies” in the curricula of different specialities. The content of such programs should be developed and coordinated in close coordination with the needs of industry application partners.

Relevant Links:

Local savings:

There is an advanced project outline available in the archive of the mailing list, that has now to be turned into a sound application (eForm, Detailed Description etc.).

Full partners are required

From the call

Aims and Priorities

Knowledge Alliances aim at strengthening Europe’s innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education, business and the broader socio-economic environment. They intend to achieve one or more of the following aims:

The main attention is turned to projects that contribute to the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems as outlined in the 2017 EU Communication on the Renewed EU Agenda for Higher Education, namely:

Additional emphasis is placed on making use of existing initiatives, and on the intelligent use of digital tools as recommended in the 2013 EU Communication on Opening Up Education.

The Programme Guide contains a list of key features

which must convincingly present in a successful application.

The Guide emphasizes that “Knowledge Alliances are a highly competitive part of Erasmus+”. Common attributes of successful proposals are:

A proper needs-analysis clarifies the rationale, influences the selection of partners, makes the proposal specific, helps to raise the potential for impact and ensures that end-user and target groups are well involved in the project activities.

Award Criteria

Important cross-sectional tasks

Ideas on Substantive Sharpening of the Application Content

In the Programme Guide a special example “Developing entrepreneurial mind-set and skills” is described with the following content:

This could serve as guideline to compile our application as a curricular development and coordination activity in a wide sense taking the aims and priorities as guardrails and the cross-sectional tasks as beacons.

Organisational Aspects

The call is open since 14 Nov 2019, the deadline is 26 Febr 2020, so it is very sportive to compile an application in the remaining time.

We identified

All relevant problems are best to be discussed on our mailing list.

Eligible Costs (see p. 138-141 in the Programme Guide)

Hints for a sound application



The Application Package

The Application Package will be written in English and consists of several compulsory documents, the content of which is summarised below:

The eForm provides mainly the administrative and general information on the project.

The Detailed Project Description is structured as follows:

The Detailed Budget Tables and Work Packages Overview (Excel template) provides the details of all planned expenditures and the overview and planning of all Work packages. It contains the following tabs:

The Declaration on Honour must be signed by the legal representative of the applicant organisation on behalf of all participating organisations, scanned (PDF, TIFF, JPEG) and attached to the eForm.

Documents to be supplied by the full partners

Organisations must

Documents to be uploaded in the Participant Register of the Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal:

To be clarified: Who has to supply the completed, dated and signed Legal entity form (the form corresponding to your public or private status).

Some Arguments Useful for the Application

About the Content

Stelian Brad (15.12.20191)

Bohuslav Busov (18.12.2019)

Hans-Gert Gräbe - Last update 19 Jan 2020