Projects and grants

The EEA Grants promote cooperation with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein and facilitate the creation of joint projects, the sharing of experience and study visits and short-term internships abroad.

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General conditions

The project must involve at least one partner organisation from Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway – typically a school, but it may also be a private company, research centre, health centre, non-profit organisation, cultural institution, etc.

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Institutional cooperation projects

These projects are intended to strengthen institutional cooperation between Czech institutions and those from donor countries, at all levels of education. Special emphasis is placed on the themes of democracy, active citizenship and inclusive education.

Project goals

Projects should strengthen internationalisation and cooperation between partner institutions and should also have an impact on teaching. The aim is to apply new teaching methods and procedures that will better respond to the needs of students and pupils.

The following are admissible within the framework of the project:

  • innovating and creating curricula, joint study programmes and courses,
  • organising peer-learning activities (workshops, seminars, round tables), where employees from the institutions involved can share innovative methods and examples of good practice in education.

Examples of project outputs might include teaching plans, joint study programmes, teaching materials, studies, workshops, organising peer-learning activities and the testing of new teaching methods.

Projects focusing on democracy, active citizenship and inclusive education will be given priority in the selection process.

Who can apply for a project?

  • Czech kindergartens, primary and secondary schools listed in the register of the MEYS
  • Czech higher education institutions possessing the ECHE (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education)

Who can be a project partner?

  • an institution/organisation from the Czech Republic or donor states
  • an institution/organisation from third countries, beneficiaries of EEA Grants, can participate in projects without any entitlement to financial support

How to find a partner institution for your upcoming project?

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Deadlines

Mobility projects

Mobility projects enable study stays, internships and study visits between the Czech Republic and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Project goals

Participation in the projects enables pupils, students and educators to improve their skills and competences and to acquire new knowledge.

The following may be organised within the framework of the project:

  • mobility of secondary school pupils (study and exchange stays, practical internships),
  • mobility of university students (study stays and practical internships),
  • mobility of school staff and education specialists (learning visits, shadowing, training).

Priority points in the approval process will be awarded to projects organising placements for:

  • university students preparing for a teaching career,
  • pupils/students with special needs or from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Who can apply for a project?

  • Czech kindergartens, primary and secondary schools listed in the register of the MEYS
  • Czech higher education institutions possessing the ECHE (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education)
  • Czech public institutions operating in the area of school education at a national level (National Teaching Institute of the CR, Czech School Inspectorate)
  • Regions, municipalities and voluntary associations of municipalities in the Czech Republic, whose scope of activities covers tasks in the field of education (school founders)

Who can be a project partner?

  • an institution/organisation from donor states
  • Swiss institutions working in the field of vocational education and training (VET), which have concluded a cooperation agreement with Liechtenstein
  • Swiss universities, provided that they send a student or employee of Liechtenstein nationality on the placement

How to find a partner institution for your upcoming project?

To make contact, you can:

Deadlines

Vocational education projects

Vocational education projects promote the development of practical learning based on ECVET principles and pupils’ entrepreneurial skills.

Project goals

Project applicants can make a choice between partnership and youth entrepreneurship.

Partnership
focuses on establishing partnerships between vocational schools and businesses in the CR and the donor states and on the introduction of dual education based on ECVET principles. These projects should aim to establish stronger links between education, vocational training and the labour market. Because of this, at least one company must be involved in these projects.

The following may be covered by the partnership:

  • the organisation of study visits for school and company staff to improve their professional knowledge,
  • the adjustment of training plans, to better reflect the needs of the labour market,
  • the organisation of short-term placements of pupils abroad,
  • the creation of ECVET units and the conclusion of Memoranda of Understanding with partner companies.

Youth entrepreneurship
supports pupils’ entrepreneurial competencies in order to improve their initiative and entrepreneurship.

Within the framework of youth entrepreneurship project, the following areas are accepted:

  • carrying out educational activities for pupils (workshops, seminars, lectures, cooperation at fictitious companies),
  • training programmes and courses for teachers and vocational training lecturers, to enable them to support the entrepreneurial spirit of their pupils.

Priority in the approval process will be given to projects which:

  • promote social inclusion,
  • involve vocational schools from socially disadvantaged environments,
  • involve vocational schools with an increased proportion of pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Who can apply for a project?

  • Czech secondary vocational schools listed in the register of the MEYS
  • Czech tertiary vocational colleges listed in the register of the MEYS

Who can be a project partner?

  • companies from the Czech Republic, including sole traders
  • an institution/organisation from the donor states
  • Swiss institutions working in the field of vocational education and training (VET), which have concluded a cooperation agreement with Liechtenstein

How to find a partner institution for your upcoming project?

To make contact, you can:

Deadlines

Inclusive education projects

Inclusive education projects develop the competencies and skills of teachers and trainers in the field of inclusive education in the classroom.

Project goals

Inclusive education projects aim to train teachers of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools to enable them to use inclusive approaches when working with pupils in the classroom. These projects are therefore intended to reinforce the involvement of disadvantaged groups (including Roma) in education.

Within the framework of the projects, the following is accepted:

  • creating, testing and implementing training activities for teachers and teacher trainers,
  • long-term cooperation with trained teachers (mentoring, monitoring, ongoing evaluation),
  • creating and updating training materials for teachers,
  • organising international teaching and training activities (e.g. lectures by foreign experts, trips abroad by the project team on internships).

Projects focusing on preparing teachers for the inclusion of Roma pupils will be given priority in the selection process.

Who can apply for a project?

  • Czech kindergartens, primary and secondary schools listed in the register of the MEYS
  • Czech higher education institutions possessing the ECHE (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education)
  • Czech NGOs working in the field of education
  • Czech public institutions operating in the field of education

Who can be a project partner?

  • an institution/organisation from the Czech Republic or donor states
  • an institution/organisation from third countries, beneficiaries of EEA Grants, can participate in projects without any entitlement to financial support

How to find a partner institution for your upcoming project?

To make contact, you can:

Deadlines

Calls

The 3rd call for proposals for Institutional cooperation projects, Mobility projects, VET projects and Inclusive education projects was launched on November 6, 2020. All calls for proposals were closed. 

DZS published the results of the 3rd calls. All applicants will be inform though the on-line system.

 

How to apply?

  1. Please, get acquainted with the text of the call and the Guide for Applicants 2020. There you will find information about eligible applicants, eligible project partners, activities you can carry out within the project, eligible expenditures and detailed information on filling in and submitting an application.

    3rd call for proposals for Institutional cooperation projects
    3rd call for proposals for Mobility projects
    3rd call for proposals for VET projects

    3rd call for proposals for Inclusive education projects
    Guide for Applicants 2020

  2. The Czech institution submits the application through an on-line system.
    At first, the applicant should register the project application in the system, then make sure that the application is complete and submit it. The project partners can ask the applicant to provide them access to the on-line system as well.
    The applicant needs a qualified certificate for electronic signature for the first registration in the on-line system. Providers that can issue the certificate are for instance, První certifikační or Česká pošta.
    The instructions on how to work with the on-line system are available only in Czech language - Manuál pro práci s informačním systémem.

  3. Fill in the application in the on-line system and upload all the required annexes listed in the call and the Guide for Applicants 2020.
    Use the templates of the Letter of Intent, Work Programme and External Consultant.
    A template of the application can be found in the Downloads, section Sample forms.

  4. A legal representative of the applicant institution or a person duly authorised by the legal representative must sign the application using the qualified certificate for electronic signature. The application can be signed and submitted only electronically through the on-line system.

  5. The application submission deadlines are as follows:
    Institutional cooperation projects 17/2/2021 15:00 CET - deadline extended to 19/2/2021 15:00 CET, call closed
    Mobility projects 10/2/2021 15:00 CET - call closed
    VET projects 24/2/2021 15:00 CET - call closed
    Inclusive education projects 3/3/2021 15:00 CET - call closed

Next steps after approval of your project

  • Acquaint yourself with all the changes made in the approved project (reduction of activities and budget) which you will find in the grant approval letter.
  • Confirm acceptance / rejection of the grant within 10 days from the approval letter issue in the on-line system.
  • By June 30, 2021, upload the bank details form and the draft Partnership Agreement into the on-line system. Make use of the provided Template and Guidance. If you use your own contract template, make sure that it meets the minimum requirements set in the Article 7.7 of the Regulations.
  • DZS will issue your grant agreement only after the verification of your draft Partnership Agreement. The legal representative of the applicant organization signs the agreement directly in the on-line system.
  • A seminar for beneficiaries will take place in September; you will receive an invitation as soon as the registration is open.
  • Remember that project implementation has to follow the rules set out in the relevant Call for proposals and in the Guide for Applicants. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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