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Call for proposals - EU-USA Cooperation in higher education and vocational training

The European Commission, DG XXII, has published the third call for proposals for projects under the cooperation programme in the field of higher education and vocational education and training between the EU and the USA. The call covers the main component of the programme which concerns joint EU/US consortia projects.

The programme supports a small number of original projects which can only or best be carried out through multilateral groupings. It is not intended to duplicate activities which can be carried out on a bilateral basis between the USA and individual EU Member States. Each consortium must include at least six partners, three from at least two EU Member States and three from at least two States of the USA. The first two partners from each side must be higher education or vocational training establishments. Third and subsequent partners may be similar institutions or may be other relevant organizations, such as businesses, publishers, NGOs, etc.

Cooperative activities eligible for support are:

- Development of organizational frameworks for transatlantic student mobility;
- Structured exchanges of students, teachers, trainers and administrators;
- Joint development of innovative curricula, teaching materials, methods and modules, including using new technologies;
- Research placements at university, industry or government laboratories for science and engineering students;
- Short intensive programmes of at least three weeks' duration;
- Teaching assignments forming an integral part of the curriculum in the partner institution;
- Other innovative projects, including the use of new technologies and distance learning, which aim to improve quality and cost-effectiveness of transatlantic cooperation in higher education and vocational training.

The activities supported by the programme should be student-centred, and therefore should be concerned with teaching and learning activities and not research cooperation between the partners. Students should benefit from the introduction of an appropriate international perspective into their studies. This should benefit both those students who have the opportunity to travel abroad and those who do not. Except in exceptional circumstances, there should be some element of transatlantic student mobility between consortium partners, whether or not funded directly by the programme.

Consortia will be given seed-funding, either for a complete project which will conclude within three years, or to establish an on-going project. In the latter case, the consortium must demonstrate how the project will be supported after the funding period. The average level of funding likely to be awarded for the three year period will be ECU 100,000 for the EU partners and USD 130,000 for the US partners.

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