News archive - [Call Announcement] TEMPUS Call for Proposals for Joint Projects and Structural Measures

The purpose of this call for proposals is to promote multilateral cooperation among higher education institutions, authorities and organisations from EU Member States and partner countries with the focus on the reform and modernisation of higher education.

Among the Western Balkan countries, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia as well as Kosovo/UNSCR1244 are eligible to apply for this call.

Deadline: February 15, 2011.

Name of the programme and of the thematic/horizontal area:
TEMPUS Call for Proposals for Joint Projects and Structural Measures

Information on funding



Call identifier:

Budget for the call:
EUR 48,7 million

Publication Date:
15.10.10 00:00

15.02.11 12:00

More details on the call: Major information on administrative issues (e.g. type of entities which are eligible, consortium structure, budget for the call, etc.

The two principal instruments for cooperation through this Tempus call for proposals are:
— 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.

Under this call, national and multi-country projects can be financed:
National projects must adhere to national priorities which are established in close dialogue between EU Delegations and the relevant authorities in the partner countries.
— For national projects, proposals must be submitted by groupings of institutions involving:
— at least three higher education institutions from a partner country (in the case of Montenegro and Kosovo, due to the small size of the higher education sector, one university will be sufficient),
— at least three higher education institutions from the EU, each from a different EU Member State.
Multi-country projects must comply with regional priorities which are based on the EU's policy for cooperation with the partner countries’ regions as identified in its strategic documents concerning the neighbouring countries, those for pre-accession to the EUand those in Central Asia. They are common to all partner countries within a specific region or they address a national priority which is common to each of the participating partner countries.
— For multi-country projects, proposals must be submitted by groupings of institutions involving:
— at least two higher education institutions, from each of the participating partner countries (minimum two partner countries) involved in the proposal (with the exception of Kosovo and Montenegro where the requirement is one higher education institution from each),
— at least three higher education institutions, each from a different EU Member State.

For Structural Measures, there is an additional condition: the Ministry/ies responsible for higher education in the partner country/ies must be involved as partner/s in a Structural Measures project.

The maximum duration of projects is 24 months or 36 months. The period of eligibility of costs is expected to start on 15 October 2011.

In order to be eligible for the award of a grant, applicants must be legal persons (‘legal entities’), legally established for more than five years in the EU or Tempus partner countries.

Applicants for Joint Projects must be State-recognised, public or private higher education institutions or associations, organisations or networks of higher education institutions dedicated to the promotion, improvement and reform of higher education.

Applicants for Structural Measures must be legal entities as stipulated above for Joint Projects or national or international rector, teacher or student organisations.

Institutions and organisations which may participate as partners/co-beneficiaries in the Tempus Programme range from higher education institutions and organisations through to non-academic institutions and organisations such as non-governmental organisations, companies, industries and public authorities.

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

  • 27 Member States of the European Union,
  • 4 countries of the Western Balkan region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia as well as Kosovo
  • 17 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, the Russian Federation and Ukraine,
  •  5 Central Asian Republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

The minimum grant for both Joint Projects and Structural Measures will be EUR 500 000. The maximum grant will amount to EUR 1 500 000. For national projects in Kosovo and Montenegro the minimum grant for both project types is set at EUR 300 000.


Further information on the programme (e.g. links to programme website, Rules for Participation, Financial Guidelines, etc.):

To access the Programme Website, please click here.

To view and download the Call for Proposals, please click here.

To view and download the Call Application Guidelines, please click here.

Contact/additional support (e.g. Helpdesk, contact to NCPs in your country, partnering websites if available, further related links, etc.):

The National Tempus Offices in the Tempus Partner Countries and the National Contact Points in the European Union countries are available to provide information on this call. Their contact details can be found at the Tempus website:

Applicants may also contact the Tempus Selection team, for further information, at

For any technical issues regarding the online submission of the eForm, applicants may contact the external helpdesk at:


Geographical focus
  • International; Other

Entry created by Elke Dall on January 27, 2011
Modified on December 3, 2010