QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
About the Call for Proposals
Answer: Eligible countries are Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Portugal and Spain
Answer: Only one proposal per applicant can be submitted to LfE in this open call. If more than one proposal per applicant is identified, only the last proposal which has been submitted in order of time will be evaluated.
Answer: Proposals must be submitted before the Deadline. The call will be open between May 15th, 2022, 10:00 CEST and September 30th, 2022, 17:00 CEST. Applications must be submitted by the closing time and date of the open call. Late proposals will not be admitted.
Could the application be in the national language of the applying school and how you handle the issue with the international evaluation of the assessment of the school projects? Do we need to send English translation as well?
Answer: Projects will be submitted in English or in the national language of the participating school or network of schools. The use of English is highly recommended. The national coordinators will also support the process, if needed.
Answer: No, the number could only be considered risky or restrictive if it is too low (like for instance less than 10 students), which might endanger the school existence within the project period.
There is no such restriction, so the answer is yes. However, based on the idea for the enhanced collaboration and community building it is worth considering a network approach and joint application of such schools if there is enough synergy of interests. In any case you need to consider that the whole sum for a project should not exceed 20.000 thousand Euro.
Where we can check if our school is eligible for this application in terms of geographic coverage (i.e., rural areas)?
Answer: We use the standard EU NUTS 3 classification where you could check, or you could contact the respective national coordinators for assurance.
Most of our students have their own mobile devices and use them at school. Should we consider buying more computers/workstations and equipping an advanced HECC facility or we could just put more efforts in equipping standard classrooms – like buying multimedia projector/laptop for every classroom etc.?
Answer: All project items that you apply for should follow your general concept for the digital transformation that could facilitate your learning process in a way you consider optimal and most perspective for the school and the local community.
Is there a limit to the type of software/hardware/services we intend to purchase, provided that all is integrated with the project idea and can be justified by its objectives?
Answer: No, as long as your justification is accepted by the evaluation committee and is related to digital innovation that could act as a catalyst for real educational transformation.
Answer: The funding will be provided to the last institution that is allowed to spend it (i.e. the rural school itself or the local municipality depending on the respective national budget legislation) and should abide the national procurement laws.
Answer: There is no restriction regarding whether the school is private or public as long as it is recognized and licensed as a school by the respective national authorities
Answer: The funding is a lump sum that should cover all your project expenses, including VAT and it is up to 20.000 Euro per project.
Answer: No, however be aware that providing a good balance for your expenses could be more convincing for the evaluation committee in order to better argument your expenditures and project.
Do we need a letter of support from the Ministry of Education or the local municipality in order to receive funding from the LfE project?
Answer: There is no minimum amount to apply for (i.e. the project could be for less than 10.000 Euro) however be prepared to allocate some spendings for training and/or dissemination of your project results as well as exchanging visits or ideas with other rural schools in appropriate forums (like for instance the annual summer school in Athens, where we intend to sponsor in 2023 a special session for rural schools’ digital transformation).
Answer: There will be a short list of such practices on our web site that will be constantly updated, however don’t forget that every situation is specific and context-related to the respective rural community, so just copying external ideas without relevance to the local setting might not work.
Answer: All terms are listed on the web site and the proposal platform is already operational. However, try to prepare your proposal well and just don’t wait for the last moment in order to prevent some technical issues with the platform.
During the visionary workshop it was mentioned that you expect proposals from all kinds of rural schools – primary, secondary, and vocational and there were some expected numbers? Do the abovementioned types of schools have any quotas, or each proposal is considered independently?
Answer: No, these numbers were just indicative of our expectations, but we could not influence who will apply for this project and there are no specific quotas that you should be aware of. The only measurable criteria that might influence the commission’s decision is whether your proposal is satisfying larger community needs (i.e., the whole school rather than just some of the classes and teachers, local authorities, other stakeholders etc.)
Answer: The major information will be spread through the project website, however in case of necessity for additional information campaign or live Q&A session you could always refer to the respective national coordinator and our colleagues will gladly support you.