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2009

(Announcements)

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

COMMISSION

CALL FOR PROPOSALS — EACEA/33/08


EU-Canada programme for co-operation in higher education, training and youth
Call for proposals 2009 — Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships

(2009/C 7/08)

1. OBJECTIVES AND DESCRIPTION

The general objectives of the programme and of this call are to promote mutual understanding between the
peoples of the European Union and Canada including broader knowledge of their languages, cultures and
institutions and to improve the quality of human resources in the European Union and Canada.

2. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Submission of grant requests under this call is open to higher education institutions and to vocational
education and training institutions. Eligible applicants must be established in one of the 27 Member States
of the European Union.

3. ELIGIBLE ACTIONS

There is only one type of action under this call, namely the EU-Canada Joint Study and/or Training
Programmes. This action provides support to enable EU-Canada consortia of higher education institutions
and training institutions, ‘Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships’ (TEP) to carry out joint study and training
programmes and to implement student and faculty mobility.

Activities are planned to start between 1 September 2009 and 31 December 2009 and must end respec-
tively between 30 August 2012 and 31 December 2012. The maximum duration of projects is 36 months.

4. AWARD CRITERIA

In assessing the overall quality of proposals, the following two award criteria will be applied:

4.1. The relevance of the project

The relevance of the project criterion represents 30 % of the overall quality score.

The project addresses an important problem or need in which transatlantic co-operation provides a clear
added value.

The project involves the development or demonstration of promising new strategies that build on, or are
alternatives to, existing strategies, which may include the development of joint/double degree programmes.
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The project produces important results or outcomes for improvements in teaching and student
achievements.

The project achieves a broad impact through sustainable results and good dissemination.

The project will support the transatlantic mobility of professionals with view to improving mutual under-
standing and expertise.

The project will improve the quality of transatlantic student mobility by promoting transparency, mutual
recognition of qualifications and periods of study and/or training, and where appropriate portability of
credits.

4.2. The quality of the project design and its management arrangements

The quality criterion represents 70 % of the overall quality score.

4.2.1. The project innovation and methodology

The project represents a new and appropriate response to the problem or need addressed.

The goals, objectives and outcomes to be achieved are clearly specified and measurable.

The project design, including methodological approaches, evaluation plan and dissemination activities are
clear.

The project will demonstrably help to meet the Programme objectives.

The steps taken towards signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is clearly explained.

4.2.2. The project consortium

The partners are capable of carrying out the project as shown by the applicant's understanding of the
problem or need and by the applicant's prior experience.

Each partner has a relevant role in the consortium and demonstrates a serious commitment to the imple-
mentation and success of the project.

The size, the mixture of types of organisations, the geographical balance and coverage of the consortium
will actively contribute to the dissemination of the programme's objectives.

There is an important involvement of support partners representing industry and/or private businesses.

There is a potential for continued support of the project after this project funding ends, including, as appro-
priate, the demonstrated commitment of appropriate entities to such support.

4.2.3. Mobility

Curriculum integration and academic recognition issues have been thoroughly addressed; participation in
the project does not prolong the time to complete the students' course of study and/or training.

Effective linguistic and cultural preparation measures are foreseen.

The number of students to be mobile is balanced and well motivated and, if possible, exceeds the target
of 20 for EU and 20 for Canada (the application must indicate how many students it intends to send to and
from each participating institution).

The student services in the sending and hosting institutions are clearly explained and reasonable.

In making the final selection, overall attention will be paid to supporting a diverse range of institutions,
subject areas and geographic areas within the EU and Canada.

5. BUDGET

The budget available for the co-financing of projects is estimated to be of a minimum of EUR 1,104 million.
It is anticipated that approximately 8 projects will be funded in 2009. The maximum amount of funding on
the EU side will be EUR 138 000 for a 3-year consortium project.
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6. DEADLINE
Applications have to be submitted both to the EU and to Canada. The Applications on behalf of the EU Lead
institution must be sent to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency no later than 1 April
2009.
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
EU-CANADA Call 2009
Avenue du Bourget no 1/Bourgetlaan 1 — BOUR 00/32
1140 Bruxelles/Brussel
BELGIQUE/BELGIË
Applications on behalf of the EU lead institution must be submitted on the correct form, duly completed,
signed by the person authorised to enter into legally binding commitments on behalf of the applicant orga-
nization and dated.

7. FURTHER INFORMATION
The Guidelines of the call for proposals and the application forms are available on the following website:
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/extcoop/canada/index_en.htm
Applications must be submitted using the form provided and they have to include all the annexes and infor-
mation requested.