ALERRT

For people with autism, learning to interact with first responders (police officers, firefighters, and medical emergency/ambulance workers) is critical, such as understanding autism and preparedness to respond effectively and safely to situations involving individuals on the spectrum is to first respondents.

Evidence shows first responders lack autism awareness although they are 7 times more likely to come in contact with an individual with ASD than the average person.

ALERRT’s aim is to provide first responders in Europe with knowledge and understanding about ASD and the skills necessary to recognize, interact, and appropriately treat individuals with ASD in cases of emergency. This will be done through special training delivered by VET trainers, also available on an e-learning platform.

Next to that, a safety kit will be designed for people with ASD and their caregivers, serving as a prevention tool providing first responders with sufficient information needed to recognize their specific situation and adapt their intervention to meet their emergency needs.

The project has started on the 1st of October 2020 and will be accomplished by the end of September 2022.

Our project partners are:

  • AUTISME-EUROPE AISBL (Belgium)
  • CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE PER LA PROMOZIONE DELL’EDUCAZIONE E LO SVILUPPO ASSOCIAZIONE (Italy)
  • COFAC COOPERATIVA DE FORMACAO E ANIMACAO CULTURAL CRL (Portugal)
  • STANDO LTD (Cyprus)

EEA and Norway Grants: Fund for Youth Employment

Key questions for “Unlocking Youth Potential”

On September 1, 2020, EEA and Norway Grants supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway opened a call for “Unlocking Youth Potential”. As the Grants contribute to a more socially and economically equal Europe, the current Call targets NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) individuals. Aware that COVID-19 pandemic further limits access to the labour market for vulnerable citizens, the Grants finance finding new, transnational solutions for youth unemployment.

Key questions
When? Application window spans from September 1, 2020 until January 5, 2021.
Who? Target groups include 25-29 years old NEET individuals living in small towns, suburbs, or in rural areas; NEET young mothers; and 25-29 years old long-term unemployed individuals.
How much? Funding per project has to be minimum 1 million euro and maximum 2 million euro; total funding allocated for this Call is 11.5 million euro.

Where is the funding going?

This Call has three focus areas; each project can adress issues within one focus area alone.
1. Innovation and exploration – projects developing innovative, experimental solutions addressing youth unemployment;
2. Transfer of know-how and good practice – projects transferring know-how and good practice on youth employment initiatives across European countries;
3. Analysis and research – projects supporting transnational research networks that share ideas, theories, practices, and experiences on how to evaluate and perform impact studies of initiatives aiming to address youth employment in the eligible countries.

Who does what?

Who can unlock youth potential?
Eligible project partners that are entities, public or private, commercial or non-commercial, and non-governmental organisations, established as legal persons. Also, EEA Grants distinguish between entities coming from Beneficiary States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia), Eligible Beneficiary Partners (Ireland, Italy, and Spain) and Expertise Partners (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, the Donor States, and international organisations). Also, the composition of the project partnership must respect additional rules:

  • Entities from at least two countries have to be involved;
  • Each project must engage one lead partner and at least a beneficiary partner;
  • If one entity is the lead, respectively beneficiary partner, they cannot join another consortium within this Call
  • Lead, respectively beneficiary partners selected for Active Youth Call are not eligible for this Call; expertise partners can be involved in project under successive calls.

How can the funding be spent?

The latest the eligible expenses can extend is April 30, 2024. Every project consortium must provide co-financing, potentially an advance payment as well. Non-governmental organisations can entirely cover the co-financing share by means of voluntary work. Eligible expenditures include:

Which are the expected results?

  1. Improved employment situation of NEETs/target group
  2. Increased participation in education and training of former NEETs/target group
  3. Increased number of NEETs/target group experiencing social inclusion
  4. Innovative approaches on lowering youth unemployment have been developed or adopted
  5. Increased transnational cooperation on labour market issues
  6. Increased knowledge of the effects of employment initiatives targeting NEETs/target group
  7. Increased capacity on evaluating effects of employment initiatives for NEETs/target group in research institutions
  8. Increased use of impact studies among policymakers
  9. Increased knowledge on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on NEETs/target group

For further guidance, there are devoted sections on the EEA Grants tackling Frequently Asked Questions and project basic procedures.

3D-Help Project Evaluation

3D-Help, a project led by EuDA aimed at providing adult people with education in the technology of 3D-Printing, has received a remarkable evaluation from the Czech National Agency. Motivated by the EU’s identification of this development as one of the most important emerging technologies as well creation of many new jobs and opportunities where digital literacy is required, projects’ partners worked on making EU adults competent in 3D-Printing.

Four different organizations joined us in the project: SC Ludor Engineering SRL in Romania, Macdac Engineering Consultancy Bureau Ltd in Malta, Social Innovation Fund in Lithuania, and Strojarska Technička Škola Fausta Vrančića in Croatia. Each of them was responsible for one of six project outputs defined in the beginning. As a lead partner, EuDA handled two of them.

With the finalization of the project, we have successfully executed the following outputs:

  • Guidelines on the use of 3DP in Adult Education
  • 3DP Case Studies for Adult Education
  • Curriculum of a 3DP Course for Adult Training
  • 3DP Course Content for Adult Training
  • 3DP Trainer Guidelines
  • 3DP e-Learning System for Adult Training

The content of the project and its outputs have been greatly appreciated by the Czech National Agency.

The feedback prepared by the Agency noted that 3D-Help was the first Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership for Adult Education project to address 3D Printing in the Czech Republic. It highlighted the international dimension of the project and recognized its benefits, such as strengthening partners’ network of strategic partners in industry and creating new connections to help them engage in international research collaboration. The project’s activities and outputs were valued for creating a space for gaining new contacts, experience, knowledge, information, trends, and skills.

The NA acknowledged the project’s success in aligning with the plan defined at the beginning and appreciated EuDA’s effective management, proper monitoring of the project budget, and time organization. The project’s impact on the target groups has been very positively evaluated – through its outputs, we achieved to get the participants acquainted with 3DP technologies, raise awareness of the potential of 3D Printing and motivate the disadvantaged groups to learn about 3DP and ICT tools in general.


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Find more about the project here.

European City Facility EUCF – powering your potential

How to save energy tomorrow by acting today? The question countless cities and municipalities ask. This is the same issue EUCF seeks to solve. 

New help for old problems

EUCF is set up under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union. It facilitates the transformation of energy and climate strategies into implementable investment concepts.

EUCF offers financial and technical assistance for sustainable energy practices to cities, municipalities, and their groupings from the European Union and the United Kingdom. The ultimate objective of EUCF is to help initiate energy investment projects across European municipalities.

Financing the change

EUCF provides tailored, rapid, and simplified financial support for developing investment concepts. EUCF funds:

  • in-house staff
  • external experts/sub-contractors
  • feasibility/social/market studies
  • engineering/financial analyses

The grant amounts to EUR 60.000 as lump sum, no co-financing required. Additional funding can be drawn from:

  • private sector
  • other EU-funded instruments, such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments, European Structural and Investment Funds, various Project Development Assistance facilities, like ELENA facility of the European Investment Bank
  • various national investment platforms.

ABC of EUCF