The application and selection process is implemented by means of two-stage process. In the first stage, any interested and eligible consortium expresses interest by submitting an Expression of Interest. During the EoI appraisal process, formal eligibility is checked (the application was received by the deadline, the provided information is accurate, consortium partners are only represented once per call and have not received funding more than once in previous calls, etc.). The proposals are then evaluated by selection experts based on predefined eligibility criteria.
If an Expression of Interest is accepted, the applicant is invited to apply for a grant and to submit a comprehensive project proposal within 60 days of receiving notice that their EoI was accepted.
The project proposal is first checked against the formal criteria (whether the application is complete, all required documents have been submitted, etc.). In the second stage of the appraisal process, the three selection experts from the international pool of VET experts will individually and independently evaluate the project proposals based on the selection criteria concerning the concept, ambition and feasibility of the project proposal.
After a proposal is approved, a funding agreement is negotiated and closed between the RCF and the pre-selected VET consortium, led by the VTIs as the main beneficiaries.
The overall grant application and selection process consists of the following elements:
Resubmission of unsuccessful applications is possible within certain limitations. The respective consortium is entitled to resubmit a modified proposal (2nd attempt) at the forthcoming RCF call or by a defined deadline. Third attempts to submit a modified version of the initial proposal will not be considered.
The RCF application package document templates needed for the preparation of Expression of Interest can be downloaded from here:
For informational purposes:
The potential applicants are required to fulfil the adequate forms available online, upon the registration to the online platform for management of the grant applications here. Besides the Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Support, the documents provided in the previous section are for informational and exemplary purposes only.