The Regional Challenge Fund (RCF) has issued the 1st call for Expression of Interest to support investments in dual education projects.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 30, 2021.

The Regional Challenge Fund will support:

  • Vocational education and training institutions to align programs with the needs of companies by investing in the training, equipment and facilities that companies use today;
  • Development and systematic use of cooperative training methods and introduction of new technologies;
  • Associating companies with vocational education and training institutions to create a training program that meets their needs, thus addressing the lack of human resources and building capacity where it is most needed.


The total budget of the Fund for the period from 2021 to 2025 is 18.8 million euros.

Consortia consisting of one vocational education and training institution and at least two companies coming from the Western Balkans can apply for this call.

On the Documents page in the section for public calls, you can find the Call for applications, and detailed information about the Call is available HERE.

Applicants from the Republic of Srpska are asked to confirm the application of the project proposal within this call to the e-mail address

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