EU Leonardo da Vinci programme
Leonardo is an EU funded programme to promote European vocational training. It is part of the Lifelong Learning Programme. There are three elements of the Lifelong Learning Programme managed by Ecotec, the UK national agency:
Also available are Large Scale Development Projects are handled by the EU's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive in Brussels. For detailed information click this link. Essentially these are multinational (at least 3 partner countries) projects to develop innovative content and methods in vocational education and training.
Other programmes includes Comenius (school education) and Erasmus (higher education).
Enlightenment Interactive has experience of acting as a partner in four successful Leonardo "pilot projects" (now replaced by the Large Scale Co-operation and Large Scale Development Leonardo projects), and we are interested in joining new partnerships.
Specifically we can offer a Leonardo co-operation or development project:
We would act as a partner, not as a sub-contractor. (Payments to sub-contractors are limited)
We are currently a partner in the e-SKILL project to develop green construction skills to building workers.
Any type of business, including training consultancies, universities and colleges, trade associations, multimedia and e-learning developers; particular importance is put on having a balanced partnership, which includes training consultancies, universities and colleges, trade associations, multimedia and e-learning developers and especially end users for the training material. A minimum of two/three countries must be represented (see the rules for the type of project).
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For example, "Corporate Interactive TV" (see button on the left) was a Leonardo-funded project run by Volkswagen and looking into the effectiveness of interactive television as a training medium. This included two universities, a tv studio and a number of SMEs, both within and outside the motor industry.
Funding of up to 75% of your costs, up to a ceiling of 150,000 Euro per project per year.
You may not make a profit on the project, but neither should you be out of pocket. The cost of your time counts towards your 25% contribution. You are also encouraged to exploit commercially your training or e-learning materials at the end of the project; the EU does not ask for a share in any subsequent profits.
One of the most successful outcomes from the Leonardo programme has been the European Computer Driving Licence.
The next deadline for applications is likely to be in February 2012. It will take you at least six months to put together a strong and balanced partnership. You are strongly recommended to visit prospective partners either at their offices or at a Contact Seminar. There is funding available to support your visit.
A Europe-wide Partner Search Database is available at www.lifelonglearning.info. Also there is a UK Partners Search database run by Ecorys (formerly Ecotec,) which lists a number of overseas partners and projects. You can look to see who is looking for partners or what projects you feel you might like to join, but remember that you will need to be in a multinational project, not just a UK one. If a newcomer to Leonardo, it is a good idea to be a "partner" rather than the "contractor" (ie the company managing the project) because of the amount of work involved. Other national agencies also run databases.
There is also ADAM, a database of existing or completed projects, which will give you an idea of the type of Leonardo project that is approved and also give some ideas if you are looking for partners with relevant experience.
Ecorys will organise a series of information days about Leonardo around the UK for the next year's applications, followed by surgeries where they will give specific advice on proposed projects. Contact Ecorys at 0845 199 2929 or e-mail: email@example.com
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