What a day! I finalized and sent a help document of 25 pages to schools and institutions interested in ”Best Practices Benchmarking” courses today, on January 28, 2014. I am sure my pieces of advice were welcome. I recommended the receivers to tackle with their application as fast as possible. They will be the first ones to apply for Erasmus+ courses (deadline March 17, 2014 noon). Those who act accordingly will have good chances to be funded by Erasmus+ Key Action 1 in 2014-15.
Some of the potential applicants had already registrated themselves, so the most urgent issue for them was to get acquainted with the document. Another very challenging task for them was to inform their school about what should be done before an application could be sent. I told them to read the document really up to the end, as there was absolutely necessary information about Personal Identification Code (PIC) for the schools at the end of the document. A school or an institution needs to have PIC to be able to apply for funding from the EU.
I wonder how schools will manage if they try to cope with the applying process on their own. There are not so many experts in ordinary schools who know what it’s all about in Erasmus+. Fortunately, we have Ludo Mateusen and Pentti Pirhonen in our team. They are both intimately involved in European programmes and projects since more than 20 years. My own experience about EU projects is relatively short, only half of that.
There is a lot to be taken into account when preparing an application. Hopefully there are enough instructions and ideas in the help document. Of course, this was just the first version of the document. Euneos, as the course provider, is ready to refine the document according to the responses and requests of schools and institutions. Also our information in http://www.ejournal.fi/benchmarking will be updated from time to time.