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Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education  provides opportunities for projects targeting most countries in Asia, Africa, South America and Eastern Europe (non-EU), while also involving other European partners. 

Author: Marianne Lid Iversen.

Published: 05.06.2018

Why take part?

Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) represents an opportunity for institutions in Norway and partner countries across the world to develop and strengthen existing partnerships and strategic alliances. CBHE also aims to establish new alliances in areas in which all the partners have common interests and may complement each other. 
This has the potential to improve the quality of the education and the international profile of institutions on both sides, and may also boost the capacity of faculty/staff members and students to work within their subject area in a challenging international context.

Annik Magerhold Fet, Vice-Principal and Professor at NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Annik Magerhold Fet, Vice-Principal and Professor at NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

- International cooperation is important for our university. Through capacity building, we get international networks and cooperation across national borders.
Annik Magerhold Fet, Vice-Principal and Professor at NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Academic collaboration

Academic cooperation through Erasmus+ is also strongly encouraged by the Norwegian government. The government therefore rewards HE institutions financially for participation in E+ centralized actions, on equal terms as for participation in Horizon 2020.

Norwegian higher education institutions have a long history of academic collaboration with partners from non-European countries, through participation in national programmes such as NUFU/NOMA, NORHED, NORPART, UTFORSK, EURASIA and INTPART. Partnerships, experiences and networks established through these national programmes, provide a very relevant background for a CBHE project, and are therefore solid stepping stones towards a successful CBHE project application.

What is Capacity building in the field of higher education (CBHE)?

CBHE aims to encourage cooperation between the EU countries (including Norway) and eligible Partner Countries in Europe, Asia and Africa and South America in addressing challenges in the management and governance of their higher education institutions. This includes improving the quality and relevance of higher education, developing new and innovative education programmes, cooperation with businesses, organisations and authorities, modernizing higher education systems through reform policies as well as fostering cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives.

  • Project length: 2 or 3 years
  • Grant award: 500 000 € - 1 000 000 €
  • Next application deadline to the European Commission: Primo February 2019.

More information about Erasmus+ CBHE

Project Establishment Support

The Erasmus+ funding arena is highly competitive, and time and resources are required to prepare good CBHE project proposals. To reduce some of the costs incurred for Norwegian applicants related to the preparation of project proposals, you can receive project establishment support (PES) :

  • Maximum PES grant award is 50 000 NOK for CBHE partner institutions
  • Maximum PES grant award is 100 000 NOK for CBHE coordinating institutions

Applications will be processed by SIU.

Final deadline for submitting an E+ PES application is 3 September 2018, 15: 00 hrs.

More information (in Norwegian) about E+ PES 

Get guidance

In addition to PES, SIU may provide guidance and councelling in the CBHE application phase. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions related to CBHE or Erasmus+ Project Establishment Support: erasmus@siu.no