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Tempus IV – 6th Call for proposals



Tempus IV — Reform of higher education through international university cooperation


The overall objective

The overall objective of the programme is to support the modernisation of higher education in the EU’s  surrounding area. The Tempus programme promotes institutional cooperation and focuses on the reform  and modernisation of higher education systems in the partner countries. It contributes to an area of  cooperation in higher education involving the European Union and partner countries in its wider proximity.

In particular, the programme will promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in the field of  higher education, deriving from the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy, the strategic framework for European  cooperation in education and training (‘ET 2020’) and the Bologna process.


Specific objectives

–          To promote the reform and modernisation of higher education in the Partner Countries;

–           To enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in the Partner Countries;

–          To build up the capacity of higher education  institutions in the Partner Countries, in particular their capacity for international  cooperation and for a permanent modernisation process, and to assist them in opening themselves up to society at large, the world of work and the wider world in order to:

  • overcome the fragmentation of higher education between countries and between institutions in the same country;
  • enhance inter-disciplinarity and trans-disciplinarity;
  •  enhance the employability of university graduates;

–           To foster the reciprocal development of human resources;

–           To enhance networking among higher education institutions and research institutions across the Partner Countries and EU Member States;

–           To enhance mutual understanding between peoples and cultures of the EU and Partner Countries.

 Eligible actions

Joint Projects: projects with a ‘bottom-up’ approach aiming at modernisation and reform on an insti­tutional (university) level. Joint Projects aim at transferring knowledge between universities, organisations and institutions from the EU and from the partner countries as well as between partner country entities as appropriate.

Structural Measures: projects seeking to contribute to the development and reform of higher education systems in partner countries, as well as to enhance their quality and relevance and to increase their voluntary convergence with EU developments. Structural Measures will be interventions designed to support structural reform of higher education systems and the strategic framework development at national level.


 Eligible country

These institutions and organisations have to be based in the following four groups of eligible countries:

–          27 Member States of the European Union and Croatia

–          4 countries of the Western Balkan region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia) and Kosovo

–          16 countries in the Southern and Eastern neighbouring area of the European Union (Algeria, Egypt,

Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the occupied Palestinian territory, Syria, Tunisia, Armenia,

Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) and the Russian Federation

–          5 Central Asian Republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan



The total budget available for the co-financing of projects is estimated at EUR 129,8 million.The financial contribution from the European Union cannot exceed 90 % of the total eligible costs. A co-financing of a minimum of 10 % of the total eligible costs is needed.The minimum grant for both Joint Projects and Structural Measures will be EUR 500 000. The maximumgrant will amount to EUR 1 500 000. For national projects in Kosovo and Montenegro, the minimum grantfor both project types is set at EUR 300 000.

 Deadline for submission of applications

Applications for Joint Projects and Structural Measures must be submitted to the Executive Agency (EACEA)  no later than 26 March 2013, 12.00 (Brussels time).


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