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ACP-EU Co-operation
Programme in Higher
Call for proposals
General outlines
Implemented by
the ACP
Funded by the
European Union
Higher Education Challenges in the ACP
• Lack of graduates with high-level skills in areas
crucial to development
• Lack of qualified teaching staff, up-to-date
curricula and adequate teaching methods
• Lack of qualified managerial and administrative
• Lack of global and intra-regional linkages
• EDULINK contributes to:
• Capacity building and regional integration in the
field of higher education through institutional networking
• Fostering higher education of quality, which is
efficient and relevant to the needs of the labour market
and consistent with the ACP socio-economic
development priorities
Feedback from the previous Calls
• 3 Calls for Proposals published, 406 valid proposals
received and 66 projects financed (success rate 16%)
• 1st call (2006):
5 million EUR ➙ 11 projects
• 2nd call (2007): 9 million EUR ➙ 21 projects
• 3rd call (2008): 16 million EUR ➙ 34 projects
TOTAL: 30 million EUR ➙ 66 projects
(average project size Euro 450 000)
• 340 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) involved, out
of which 260 from ACP countries
Lessons learnt
• The mid-term evaluation of the Programme concluded
that the 66 projects are highly relevant in fostering
capacity building and regional integration in higher
education in ACP States
• The number of networked institutions in the ACP with
collaborative agreements has significantly increased as a
result of the partnerships formed
Specific Objective
The Specific Objective of the EDULINK II
Programme is to strengthen the capacity of ACP
HEIs at:
• Management/administration level
• Academic level
Target Areas
• EDULINK II target areas are:
• Energy access and efficiency
• Agriculture and food security
Types of Action and Activities
Institutional capacity building
• Establishment or strengthening of international relations
units within HEIs
• Capacity building of international relations units to
support student and staff mobility
Improving academic quality
• Developing and implementing new curricula
• Organisation of exchanges for training academic staff
Financial Allocation
The overall indicative amount is EUR 23 300 000:
• Lot 1 –EDF: EUR 18 300 000
• Lot 2 – Budget: EUR 5 000 000
Duration and financing
• Duration: between 12 and 42 months
• Grants budget: between EUR 200 000 and
EUR 500 000
• Any grant awarded must be limited to 85% of
the estimated total accepted costs
• Applicants and partners must be a public or private HEI,
a network of HEI, or a Regional Institution of
Higher Education formally recognised by one of the
Eligible Countries
• At least 3 partners, including the applicant, from at
least 2 different ACP States
• Number of institutions from the ACP States must be
greater than the number of institutions from the EU or
from other non-ACP regions
List of eligible countries
• Lot 1 – EDF
• The 79 ACP Member States
divided into the six regions
• 27 EU Member states
• 3 EEA EFTA states
• Least Developed Countries
(As defined by the UN)
• OECD/DAC Member
(Only when the Action happens in a
Least Developed Country (LDC) as
defined by the UN)
Lot 2 – BUDGET
• Same countries as in
Lot 1 except the LDC
• For the other countries
see annex I of the
• Ensure complementarity of expertise among partners
• Do not overstretch the partnership
• Define partnership rules, roles and responsibilities in an
ad-hoc internal MOU
• Include Associates only if they offer real added-value
• Address cross-cutting issues such as, among others,
gender equality and environmental sustainability
• Individual scholarships for studies and training courses
are not eligible
• Actions concerned only or mainly with individual
sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars
and conferences are not eligible
• The Applicant should make sure that a Project
Management Unit is set up with a Project Coordinator
and a Project Administrator
• Identify within each partner a Focal Point and an
Administrative Assistant
• Ensure timely and compliant reporting
• Ensure financial flows among consortium partners
Application Procedure
The Applicant sends on behalf of the partnership:
• Application form + Annexes to Edulink PMU, c/o GOPACartermill, Rue de Trèves 45, B1040 Brussels
• Deadline for submission of proposals: 30 July 2012 (as
per postmark)
• Further information can be asked until 21 days before the
deadline to:
[email protected]

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