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Funding Available for Research Partnerships with Korea, Australia and Japan

Posted on 17 January 2014

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A call for proposals launched this week from the Industrialised Countries Instrument—Education Cooperation Programme (ICI-ECP), promoting cooperation between higher education institutions in the European Union and Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Funding is available for Joint and Double Degree projects as well as Joint Mobility projects. Focused on structured exchanges of students and faculty and on the development of shared curricula and joint study programmes, the ICI-ECP aims to enhance mutual understanding and facilitate knowledge exchange.

ICI-ECP provides funding for international curriculum development and mobility projects between the EU and one partner country. Selected project consortia are required to set up a coherent framework for student mobility with full recognition of the study/training period abroad by the student’s home institution. Support includes mobility grants for students and faculty members as administration funds. All project proposals must address development of innovative international curricula, student services, language and cultural preparation, organisational frameworks for mobility, evaluation, sustainability and dissemination. Past projects have included the establishment of a Joint Degree in Neuroscience, as well as programmes in international journalism and business.

Each consortium proposal must include both European Union universities and partners Australia, Japan or Korea. Projects will be funded bilaterally between the EU and each partner country. The scheme aims to enhance the quality of higher education and training by stimulating balanced partnerships between
institutions.

The total budget available for the co-financing of projects amounts to approximately €2.2 million, with comparable funding provided by the partner countries. The deadline for submission of applications is 15th May 2014. Further details can be found at: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/bilateral_cooperation/eu_ici_ecp/funding/call_2013_en.php