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Join once and stay – become part of the Erasmus+ community!

by Karin Hirschmüller
Language: EN
Document available also in: DE
Author: Karin Hirschmüller with the support of Arabella Seits

The new Erasmus+ 2021–2027 programme offers an accreditation for organisations that would like to take part in education and training programmes in Europe on a regular basis. The accreditation provides simplified access to the annual budget and adapts flexibly to the needs of your adult education institution!

Starting in January 2021, Erasmus+ will enter into the next phase under the name Erasmus+ 2021–2027! The two familiar programming tracks will be continued:
Key Action (KA)1 – Mobility for education and training purposes in Europe and KA2 – Partnership projects for multi-year collaborations with other countries.

What does the new KA1 – Mobility look like?

As in the past, the focus is on education and training in Europe and European networking. Directors and employees of adult education institutions can attend courses in Europe, give guest lectures themselves, and observe the work of other organisations. The new programme also introduces the possibility to bring experts to Austria. This allows training to take place at one’s own institution, thus benefiting more employees.

Not only the direct participants benefit from the education and training programmes in Europe, but rather the entire adult education institution at which the acquired knowledge is implemented and applied.


Previous experience in Erasmus+ is not required to participate in Erasmus+ 2021–2027!

Erasmus+ accreditation

The process will now be easier for organisations that want to participate (nearly) every year: They can apply for accreditation (‘individual accreditation’) once and then gain simplified access to the annual budget. This will accommodate the medium-term and strategic planning of organisations to a greater extent than the previous project funding structure.

The accreditation is flexible and grows along with the plans of the institution. Erasmus accreditation is awarded for the period from 2021 to 2027. The so-called Erasmus Plan is part of the application for accreditation and describes the goals of the organisation over a shorter period of two to five years to ensure realistic planning.

The goals in the Erasmus Plan may change over the years because some of the defined plans have already been achieved or because an accredited organisation realigns itself in some aspects. These changes can be described in an update to the Erasmus Plan. It is not necessary to reapply for accreditation. The accreditation allows every organisation to determine its own pace for European collaboration and to transition to more ambitious and complex activities as it gains more experience.

Example: An organisation starts out with a few goals in their Erasmus Plan. After the initial experiences, the organisation’s interest increases and new ideas emerge for education and training in and networking with Europe. Therefore, the organisation incorporates additional goals into the Erasmus Plan.

Consortia – multiple adult education institutions working together

In the new programme, multiple organisations from Austria can work together in a consortium – as in the past. Each of these organisations sends employees abroad to receive education and training. The joint structure of the consortium leads to synergy effects, and it also helps newcomers to Erasmus+ to find their bearings more easily.

From now on, an organisation that would like to coordinate a consortium has to have an ‘accreditation for mobility consortium coordinators’. Organisations that already have an individual accreditation (see above) can have it converted to an accreditation for mobility consortium coordinators by updating the Erasmus Plan. The Austrian partners with whom an organisation would like to form the consortium do not have to be decided at the time the application is submitted. Therefore, the partners can vary from year to year if this is beneficial for the goals. The partners do not have to be accredited themselves, which makes it easier for smaller and new institutions to gain experience with Erasmus+.

Example: Organisation XY applies for individual accreditation in 2020, which allows it to participate in education and training programmes in Europe from 2021. It talks about the acquired knowledge and skills in its networks. As a result, some other organisations from Austria become interested in collaborating and the idea of forming a consortium emerges. Organisation XY converts its individual accreditation into an accreditation for mobility consortium coordinators by way of an update to the Erasmus Plan. The collaboration as a consortium can start.

Short mobility projects

Organisations who are not (yet) interested in getting an accreditation and are not part of a consortium can apply for funding for a short mobility project. It is limited in terms of the duration and the number of mobilities and can only be conducted twice within a period of five years. It is particularly well suited for getting started in Erasmus+ or implementing individual projects.

Submitting applications

It will be possible to submit applications for accreditation and short mobility projects each year. Organisations who want to participate in mobility projects in 2021 can either apply for accreditation in October 2020 or apply for funding for a short mobility project at the beginning of 2021 (the exact deadline had not yet been published at the time the conference documentation was being prepared).

Application deadlines: once a year
For accreditation: 29 October 2020,12:00 (CET)
For short mobility projects: see website


Information and counselling

The National Agency Erasmus+ offers an information event, webinars and councelling.


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Karin Hirschmüller studied business management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and works at the National Agency Erasmus+ Education in the area of adult education. She is an EU programme officer for KA2 – Strategic Partnerships and KA1 – Mobility projects and was also an employee at Euroguidance (European network for education and career guidance) until 2017. Before that, she worked in the field of adult education, including projects promoting the dialogue between Roma and non-Roma people and in the area of anti-discrimination.

© Arabella Seits

Arabella Seits studied international development, African studies, and EU project management in Austria, Tanzania, and France and has been working in the area of adult education at the National Agency Erasmus+ Education since 2020. She is an EU programme officer for KA1 – Mobility projects and an employee at Euroguidance (European Network for Education and Career Guidance). Previously, she worked in internationalisation and public relations in the education segment.

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