In 2020, the European Commission adopted two Communications on Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and the New ERA for Research and Innovation. Both documents aim at empowering and accelerating the transformation of higher education through a number of commitments, including enhanced synergies between education, research and innovation. The EU’s multiannual financial framework and programming period (2021-2027) offers an opportunity for synergies between funding programmes, building on the experience of projects funded under Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020. This is in line with the Commission’s efforts to maximise the impact of EU funding and encourage complementarities.
This note looks in detail at possible synergies and complementarities between actions targeting the higher education sector under Horizon Europe – in particular the Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – and Erasmus+, including the European Universities Initiative which draws funds from both programmes.