Launched by the European Commission, the objective of this call is to test possible procedures, mechanisms and quality criteria at European level that could be applied when:
- relating international qualifications or international sectorial qualifications systems or frameworks to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and for awarding international qualifications that are related to the EQF;
- relating potential European core profiles of qualifications to the EQF and for awarding qualifications forthcoming from them;
with the aim of creating ground for trust in the levels and procedures to support recognition of qualifications forth­coming from European core profiles of qualifications and to improve the de-facto and formal recognition of international qualifications.

The present Call will provide funding through the 3 following themes:
Theme A: Relating an international sectorial qualifications system or framework to the EQF and describing quality assurance principles, mechanisms and possible quality criteria for this and for awarding qualifications forthcoming from it; Theme B: Relating (one or more) international qualification(s) to the EQF and describing quality assurance principles, mechanisms and possible quality criteria for awarding this qualification(s).
Theme C: Developing one or more potential European core profiles of qualifications based on ESCO occupational profiles, relating it/them to the EQF and describing quality assurance principles, mechanisms and possible quality criteria for awarding qualifications forthcoming from it. Since the full version of ESCO will be published by 2017 the applicant is to select one or more ISCO level 4 occupations. The relevant ESCO occupational profile(s) will be provided after award of the pilot.

Eligible applicants
- International Professional organisations or associations;
- National Professional organisations or associations;
- Public and private authorities related to national qualifications frameworks
- Social Partners (EU, national and sectorial)
- Research centres
- Public and private awarding bodies
- Public and private education and training providers
- Public and private Quality assurance or Accreditation organisations
An organisation may submit only one application either for Themes A, B or C.

Eligible countries
- 28 Member States of the European Union,
- candidate countries and potential candidates benefiting from a pre-accession strategy, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in Union programmes estab­ lished in the respective framework agreements, Association Council decisions or similar agreements, and subject to the setting up of an Erasmus+ National Agency;
- EFTA countries that are party to the EEA agreement, in accordance with the provisions of that agreement;
- countries covered by the European neighbourhood policy which have concluded agreements with the Union providing for the possibility of their participation in the Union’s programmes, subject to the conclusion of a bilateral agreement with the Union on the conditions of their participation in the programme and subject to the setting up of an Erasmus+ National Agency.

Eligible activities
Activities may start between 1 June 2016 and 1 August 2016. The activities to be funded may include desk reviews, analyses, research; mapping, surveys, drafting proposals, testing preliminary results with stakeholders, validation of results, reporting and coordination activities with the Commission (twice a year).
All the activities should have an international nature or impact. In order to achieve noteworthy results, a large representative group of stakeholders in more than two countries must be involved.

Budget
The total budget available for the co-financing of actions is EUR 400 000.
Financial contribution from the EU cannot exceed 75 % of the total eligible action costs. 
The maximum estimated grant will be:
- EUR 180 000 under Theme A;
- EUR 60 000 under Theme B, and
- EUR 80 000 under Theme C.
The Agency reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available for the call.

Deadline: 29 February 2016 at 12 pm, Brussels time.

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