UCD successful in two applications for Erasmus+ Capacity Building projects in the field of Higher Education

The results of the 2018 call for proposals for Erasmus+ Capacity Building projects in the field of Higher Education (CBHEs) have been announced by the European Commission, and two of UCD’s applications as Partner University have been awarded nearly €2 million in funding.


Erasmus+ CBHEs aim to encourage cooperation between the EU and Partner (non-EU) Countries and support eligible Partner Countries in addressing challenges in the management and governance of their higher education institutions. This includes improving the quality of higher education, developing new and innovative education programmes, modernising higher education systems through reform policies, as well as fostering cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives.


The application process for Erasmus+ Capacity Building projects is highly competitive. UCD’s selected projects are amongst just 147 out of 874 eligible applications across Europe which were successful this year. UCD’s funding success represents a quarter of all funding allocated to Irish HEIs under the 2018 call.


The UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice will be contributing to a project called "ENhancing female entrePRENeurship in InDIA (ENPRENDIA)", coordinated by the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in India, bringing together a network of European and Indian organisations. The ENPRENDIA project has been awarded €981,676 in funding and will aim to increase the living and working conditions of the female population in India by providing an adequate environment for them to develop their business ideas. This will be achieved by providing Indian female entrepreneurs with the adequate tools, competencies and skills to create their own business ideas through tailor-made programmes, by creating structures within targeted institutions that attend to the needs of female entrepreneurs, and by developing awareness campaigns on gender policies and gender equality.


The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science will form part of a consortium led by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia to develop a project called “MSc Course in Food Processing and Innovation”, which has been awarded €999,055 in funding. The objective of this project is to develop a masters programme, which will educate participants in the end-to-end value chain of food processing, from understanding the elements of food, to starting new ventures for disrupting and enriching the food processing industry in Asia. The programme will mainly target aspiring food entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, government officials, and food industry professionals.


The next call for Erasmus+ proposals will be published in October 2018 and the deadline for applications will be in February 2019. The National Agency at the HEA will be holding an Information Day in early November in Dublin to promote opportunities under this initiative. For further information, please contact Eve Brosseau in the UCD International Office.