EU funding for continuing professional development and other training in the education sector is available under the EU programme Erasmus+.

NILE has over twenty years' experience in advising applicants on applying for European funding. Please get in touch with our Registrar, Alison Lake with any queries.

What is Erasmus+ funding?

  • Erasmus+ funding helps to cover course fees, travel costs, accommodation and other living costs and preparation costs for individuals and groups of teachers and trainers who wish to travel abroad for professional development courses. All of NILE's courses in Norwich and Galway, Irelandare eligible for Erasmus+ funding. 
  • Erasmus+ funding covers teachers and trainers from the European Union and from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. See below for an update on the consequences of the UK leaving the EU in 2019 (Brexit).

How do I apply for Erasmus+ funding?

1. Preparation

  • Identify the person in your school who is responsible for staff development and talk to them about Erasmus+ funding and courses at NILE.
  • Find out which of our Face-to-Face Courses would be right for you and your school, or contact us to discuss a tailor-made course for your group.
  • Research. Take a good look at the information available: our FAQs down the right hand side of this page and the official EU Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
  • If your school does not already have one, draw up a European Development Plan, identifying your school’ strategic development objectives in the long and medium term, and taking a European dimension into consideration. Your Erasmus+ funded project will form part of this plan and can include courses at NILE.
  • If you or your school are not already registered with the EU Participant Portal, then do this now. Guidance for registration and how to sign up for a EU login (formerly ECAS) can be found here and on your National Agency website.This process will give you a PIC number, which your school will need for the application.

2. Application

  • The 2020 deadline is expected to be early February. Please double check with your National Agency.
  • The applications are submitted electronically.The 2019 application form is availble from your National Agency
  • A visual sample application form is downloadable from the Erasmus+ website to assist in the preparation of your application.

3. Support

  • Most National Agencies offer support and advice through many different channels. We strongly advise youto contact them early to see what they offer, as they will evaluate your application. Evaluation criteria for applications can be found here.  
  • The 2019 Erasmus+ application form asks very detailed questions about your European Development Plan, project, activities, outcomes and follow-up.Our best advice is to be as specific as possible, use examples and to bear in mind that the assessors can only base their scoring on the information in your application.
  • NILE has produced a sample Erasmus+ application form with advice and links on how to complete your application so as to ensure that you have the best possible chance of securing funding for NILE courses for your organisation:

NILE Erasmus+ Sample Application Form 2019

This document is based on the .pdf you can download when filling in the 2019 application form through your EU login

NILE has over 20 years' experience in advising teachers on European funding. Please get in touch with our Registrar, Alison Lake if you have any further questions.

For more information, visit the EU's Erasmus+ overview page and the Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency website. You can also follow Erasmus+ on Facebook and Twitter, or contact your National Agency for details of the process and priorities in your country.

Brexit update September 2019: Unfortunately, the direct impact of Brexit is unclear given the current uncertain political climateAs far as we know, there are currently no plans for the UK to pull out of the Erasmus+ programme in the current funding period (2014-2020). On this basis, until the UK and EU reach a withdrawal agreement accepted by the UK Parliament and further information can be expected, we continue to pre-register applicants for our 2020 courses, as in previous years. As with all advice on Erasmus +, please check with your National Agency, as some have issued separate policies with regard to Brexit. More infomation from our industry association Engilsh UK can be found here, summarised below: 

Entering and leaving the UK after Brexit Day

From Brexit Day to late 2020

No Deal

The Government has announced a transitional period, during which anyone coming to the UK from the EU or EEA for under three months can enter as they do now. Students, workers or holidaymakers who want to come for more than three months will have to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain, which is valid for three years. Anyone driving to the UK will need to have a green card or proof of insurance.


The Withdrawal Agreement includes an implementation period until December 2020, during which time all travel arrangements remain as they are now.

We will update this page as soon as we get further advice from the industry association, English UK, and the government. 

Speak to an advisor +44 (0) 1603 664473

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the new EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It replaces the previous programmes such as Comenius, Grundtvig and Erasmus.

For more information, go to the NILE funding page or the Erasmus+ website.

Who can benefit from this funding? 

You can!

The programme is open to teachers, trainers and students from all EU Member States as well as Iceland, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Norway. 

Which part of the Erasmus+ programme do I have to apply under?

You must apply under ‘Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals’.

Can I apply as an individual?


Under Erasmus+ only organisations can apply. Your school/college/institution is an organisation, so you can apply through your school. The training you apply for has to fit into your School/European Development Plan.  

What is a European Development Plan? 

Each school should have a development plan (sometimes called a ‘school development plan,’ sometimes a ‘European development plan’).

This is a document which outlines the training and professional development taking place in your school, and how it fits with European objectives. Your school can have a development plan for one or two years.

The final funding application should be for the total amount necessary for all staff training. If the funding is awarded, you and your school/organisation can then choose which NILE course(s) you would like to participate in.  

Is my school / college / university / institution an organisation?

Your school counts as an organisation, and you can apply through your school. Before your school can apply for funding, a nominated person will need to register with the European Commission Participation Portal.

Once this has been done, this person will need to register the school/organisation and get a PIC number.

For more information, the National Agency in the UK has provided a guide to completing this process.

Is NILE a recognised course provider?


All NILE's teachers' courses in Norwich, including MA modules, are eligible for funding under the Erasmus+ programme.

Go to the Face-to-face Courses page for detailed information, including full descriptions, for all 2019 courses.

Who do I contact in my school?

It will probably be the head of the school, or whoever is responsible for training and development. 

How much money can I apply for?

Your school must apply for the total amount needed to cover all training as identified in the European Development plan. The money will cover course fees, travel costs and living and accommodation expenses while abroad.  

When do I have to apply?

The deadline for 2019 is February 5th. However, some countries have more than one call per year. Please check with your National Agency.

All applications have to be made through your National Agency.  

Where can I find an application form?

Application forms will be available on your National Agency website.

An example of a completed 2019 draft application form is available here. We will be happy to advise you on your final application, contact 

Start your application and register your school now!

When will I know if I have been successful?

You will be told if you have been successful within a maximum 10-12 weeks of the application deadline. This means that all NILE courses from 1 June will be eligible for funding.

Click here to see a full list of all courses available. 

I have previously had Comenius funding. Can I apply for Erasmus+ funding?

Yes. We have had it confirmed that you can apply for Erasmus+ support even if you recently had EU funding for professional development.

Where can I find more information? 

For more information, please visit the EU Erasmus+ overview page.

Also, see the European Commission's full guide to Erasmus+.

Your National Agency is the body in your country which is responsible for applications and information for the Erasmus+ programme. Find your National Agency.

Many National Agencies will be holding information seminars about the Erasmus+ process and distributing information to schools nationally. Contact your National Agency to find out what is happening in your country.

NILE has nearly twenty years' experience in advising applicants on applying for European funding. Contact us at if you have any further questions. 

Does NILE have a PIC number?  

If you are naming NILE as a Partner Organisation, as required in some cases, NILE's PIC number is 946355378.

Is there a central database of courses eligible for Erasmus+ funding?

Yes, the EU has recently opened School Education Gateway course catalogue in connection with the E-Twinning website. All NILE's courses are availble here.

What is the impact of the UK leaving the European Union (Brexit) on my participating on NILE's courses?

Until an agreement between the EU and the UK is passed by the UK parliament, there is little information available with regard to the impact of Brexit. We are currently taking applications as per previous years. We will follow and publish advice from our industry association English UK and other authorities as it becomes available.

With regards to the Erasmus+ funding programmes, no changes has yet been announced. Please see our Erasmus+ funding webpage for updates, and follow advice from your National Agency.  

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