Calls for Proposals
In the short term, the International Channel’s dedicated unit (IPSU) will concentrate its efforts on promoting MOFET’s participation in proposals (and projects) submitted to the two above-mentioned R&D programs of the European Union in which Israeli institutions can take part and benefit from a special status. Until 2020 —and hopefully thereafter as well—both programs will issue calls for proposals addressing education and educational research in schools and institutions of higher education.
Erasmus+ covers a wide range of educational activities, including the staff’s capacity building in schools and colleges, staff and students’ mobility programs, joint degrees among institutions of higher education, youth advancement programs, etc.
The second program, Horizon 2020, spans all science and technology areas to which education relates more or less directly, depending on the specific areas. Although there is greater emphasis on usability and economic exploitability than in previous cycles, this program clearly focuses on innovation and R&D, at the same time favoring actions that feature classroom experimentation and wider intervention in the framework of extensive pilots.
Education-related subjects within the calls for proposals include the development of ICT-supported learning environments, the integration of young students in settings involving school-industry cooperation, the attractiveness of science and math careers for the young, etc.
Although the following probably constitute only a partial list, they are relevant action lines for MOFET in currently open calls in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ (formal action names are provided for reference; dates in parenthesis are presently scheduled proposal submission deadlines for 2016 and 2017):
Capacity building in the field of higher education (10.2.16)
Not included here are (a) various mobility actions under Erasmus+, with different deadlines and specifics, (b) “strategic partnerships”, for which the participation of Israeli institutions is contingent on the provision of special added value that cannot always be assured, and (c) Jean Monet actions. For all of these we can provide additional information upon request.
Under Horizon 2020:
Europe in a Changing World program:
- CO-CREATION-01-2017: Education and skills: Empowering Europe’s young innovators (2.2.17)
- REV-INEQUAL-06-2016: Tackling inequalities at their roots: New policies for fairness in education from an early age (4.2.16)
- REV-INEQUAL-09-2017: Boosting inclusiveness of ICT-enabled research and innovation (2.2.17)
- REV-INEQUAL-10-2016: Multi-stakeholder platform for enhancing digital opportunities for youth (4.2.16)
- ENG-GLOBALLY-03-2017: The European Union and the global challenge of migration (2.2.17)
- CULT-COOP-02-2017: Improving mutual understanding among Europeans by working through troubled pasts (2.2.17)
- CULT-COOP-03-2017: Cultural literacy of young generations in Europe (2.2.17)
- CULT-COOP-08-2016: Virtual museums and social platform on European digital heritage, memory, identity and cultural interaction (4.2.16)
ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) program:
- ICT-22-2016: Technologies for learning and skills (12.4.16)
- ICT-24-2016: Gaming and gamification (12.4.16)
Science with and for Society program:
- SwafS-07-2016: Training on open science in the European Research Area (30.8.16)
- SwafS-11-2017: Science education outside the classroom (30.8.17)
- SwafS-15-2016: Open schooling and collaboration on science education (30.8.16)