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 in Dublin* 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 2020 (Brexit).

Due to the uncertainty affecting transport, accommodation, social distancing measures and possible quarantine restrictions, most Erasmus+ funded mobility programmes are not running this summer. 

The European Commission has announced that some physical mobility programmes can be replaced by "virtual mobility" programmes in justified cases. In other cases, some funding might be granted as "organisational support" for online courses, even though course fees might not be covered. Each case will be assessed individually by their National Agency.

NILE has learnt that eligible online programmes must be fully accredited and that the teachers’ learning should be recognised by such course providers. At this stage we are therefore confident NILE Online courses, accredited by AQUEDUTO, are eligible for Erasmus+ funding this year in cases where traditional mobility programmes are not possible, and we strongly encourage you to contact your National Agency for more information.

We are of course very happy to pre-register you for a face-to-face programme in Norwich in 2021 should your funding be deferred to include physical mobility.

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. You can find more information about the European Development Plan in the Programme Guide above. 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 an Organisation ID, which your school will need for the application. If your school already have a PIC number, you will have been allocated an Organisation ID.

2. Application

  • The 2020 deadline is February 5th 2020 has been extended to Tuesday February 11th 12noon Brussels time.
  • The applications are submitted electronically.The 2020 application form is available 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 you to contact them early to see what they offer, as they will evaluate your application. The UK National Agency for instance has a Five tips to get application ready in 2020 page, your Agency might have similar.
  • The 2020 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 2020

This document is based on the .pdf you can download when filling in the 2020 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 February 2020: The UK left the European Union on January 31st 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK foresees that the UK will continue to participate in the current 2014-2020 EU programmes, including Erasmus+, as if the UK was an EU Member State until the closure of the programmes. The possible participation of the UK in future programmes after 2020 will depend on the outcome of the overall negotiations on the future relationship between the two parties.

On this basis, 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 English UK can be found here.

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


* For more information about a NILE course in Dublin 20-31 July 2020, please contact

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/organisation can apply for funding, a nominated person will need to register the school/organisation and get an Organisation ID

In previous years, organisations have registered for a PIC number. If your school/organisation already has a PIC number, they will automatically have been assigned an Organisation ID. You can search for your ID through the above link.

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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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. 

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 an Organisational ID or a PIC number?  

NILE's Organisation ID is E10101200.

In previous years,  NILE's PIC number has sometimes been required. It 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?


The UK left the European Union on January 31st 2020. With regards to the Erasmus+ funding programmes, no changes which would impact the current funiding period (2014-2020) have yet been announced. We are currently taking applications as per previous years. and we will follow and publish advice from our industry association English UK and other authorities as it becomes available.

Please see our Erasmus+ funding webpage for updates, and follow advice from your National Agency.  

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