If you’re just getting started with your KA Strategic Partnership project and not sure what steps to follow, this blog post outlines the main steps you need to follow. Remember the topic needs to be in line with KA2 objectives and finding the right partners is key to the success of your project.
Find a topic
Fist of all you will need to find a topic for your KA2 proposal. One thing to bear in mind when searching for topics is that your project needs to be based around strategic partnerships. The main focus of these projects is to encourage organisations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to operate at a transnational level and exchange successful ideas, practices and methods.
2. Write a project summary
Before you start looking for partners, it’s a good idea to highlight the main points of your project and write a project summary for potential partners. Remember that all Strategic Partnership projects need to address at least at least one horizontal priority or at least one specific priority relevant to the field of youth.
In this project summary, you can also outline the skills or knowledge you’re looking for in your partners and the tasks that will be carried out throughout the project.
3. Look for partners for your KA2 project
There are several ways of doing this, but social media is a great one! Join facebook groups such as (Erasmus+ partner search, Erasmus KA2 projects etc.)
LinkedIn can also be a great way of networking and finding partners. On this platform you can also join groups such as “Erasmus+ partner finding” or “Erasmus+ cooperation” to find partners, but it may also be a good idea to post some information organically on your page feed using hashtags.
Another way of finding partners is looking at previous projects and contacting their co-ordinators directly.
4. Agree on tasks and timing
Once you’ve found enough partners for your project (we recommend 5 or 6 partners in total), you should set up Skype calls with all of them to agree on which parts of the project they’d like to be involved in.
It’s also wort mentioning meeting dates, any holiday periods and whether you want to run any multiplier events.
5. Develop your project
Now it’s time to write! Provide as much detail as you can on the tasks that will be developed and expected outputs. You will also need to decide when and where the translational meetings will happen and how many people from each organisation will attend.
Don’t forget to get your partners’ PIFs and PIC numbers as this will be required to complete the first part of the application.
6. Get mandates signed
This is an easy one, as you only need your partners to sign the mandates, however, you must make sure you send them out well in advance, so they have time to sign them. Sometimes, these mandates may need to be signed bY their supervisor, director or university rector so make sure you allow plenty of time (we recommend 3 weeks) so everyone can get them signed.
7. Submit your project
Revise, revise and submit! Make sure you correct any spelling mistakes, double-check contact information and be aware of the deadlines.
The next deadline for KA strategic partnership proposals is:
However, we suggest you submit the project at least 3 days in advance as the system may experience loading issues when many users are trying to submit the project at the same time just before the deadline.
If you are looking for partners or would like to participate in one of these projects. Get in touch today!