EU-supported educational research 1995-2005

new perspectives for learning

Since 1995, the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission has supported a significant number of research projects, thematic networks and project clusters that address a wide range of issues of education and training.  The total EU contribution to these projects exceeds 50 million Euro. These collaborative endeavours - some of them currently in progress - have produced important insights for policy formulation and have laid the foundations for significant research co-operation across Europe in this field.

This web site is aimed primarily at policy and decision makers in the field of education and training.  Given, however, that education is strongly interconnected with several other areas of social policy, this web site is potentially of interest and relevance to a large number of policy and decision makers beyond the field of education and training;

The web site contains Briefing Papers, Newsletters, Press Releases and a Report highlighting some of the key conclusions and policy recommendations emerging from these activities.

It also provides details of new educational research projects supported by DG-Research under the Sixth EU Framework Programme.

You can also find information on the last Call for Proposals of Priority 7 which was published in December 2004.

To know more about EU-supported research in the social sciences and humanities in FP4, FP5 and FP6, see:



Issue One - September 2001 – Higher Education research issues

Issue Two - December 2001 Lifelong Learning research issues 

Issue Three - June 2002  - Skills, Mobility and Education Issues

Issue Four - January 2003  - Improving Schools  Issue

Issue Five - April 2003 - e-learning Research Issue

Issue Six - September 2003 - Education, Inequalities and Social Exclusion Issue

Project Clusters

More than 55 research projects and thematic networks that address directly issues of Education and Training were supported under FP4 and FP5.  In addition to individual projects, five project clusters were supported around themes of policy relevance.  These clusters brought together groups of related projects in a way that drew out and consolidated key findings, produced thematic reviews, promoted synergies between projects and integration/cross-fertilisation of research results from individual projects.

  • Cluster 1. Education and Labour Market Change: The Dynamics of Education to Work Transitions in Europe
    Briefing Paper Final Report

  • Cluster 2. Education, equity and social exclusion
    Briefing Paper  Final Synthesis Report

  • Cluster 3. Monitoring and Evaluation of Research in Learning Innovations 
    Briefing Paper  Final Report 

  • Cluster 4. Synergy between Practitioners' needs and opportunities, Research orientations and Decision Making on the usage of ICT in primary and secondary education
    Briefing Paper Final Report 

  • Cluster 5. Towards the Learning Society: conclusions from FP4 and FP5 projects to shape European policies in education and training
    Briefing Paper


Briefing Papers of projects supported under FP4

bp1  Immigration and Cross-Cultural Teacher Training
bp2  Student Mobility in Europe
bp3 New Approaches to Work Experience
bp4 Labwork in Science Education
bp5  Quality and Performance in Universities
bp6 Government Policy on Higher Education Institutions
bp7 Innovations in Education and Training
bp8 University Access Policies for Adult Learners
bp9 Assessment, Effectiveness and Innovation
bp10 Higher Education & Graduate Employment in Europe
bp11 Improving Early Literacy for EU Countries
bp12 Training the Long-term Unemployed
bp13 Low Skills: A Problem For Europe
bp14 Helping Unemployed Youths into Work
bp15 Early Learning: The Impact of Environmental Factors
bp16  School to Work Transitions in Europe
bp17  Integrating Immigrant Children into Europe
bp18 Schooling and Training – An Economic Perspective
bp19 Organisational learning: the role of SME clusters
bp20 Lifelong Learning: implications for Universities
bp21 Lifelong learning for older workers
Lifelong learning: the role of human resource development within organisations
bp23 Integrated Funding Models for Lifelong Learning
bp24 Vocational education and training - European Research
bp25 Competence Evaluation and Training for Europe
bp26 Small Business Training and Competitiveness
bp27 A Comprehensive Framework for Effective School Improvement
bp28 Developments towards problem solving assessment tools
bp29 Public funding and Returns on Education
bp30 Learning Environments within Companies
Computer-supported Collaborative Learning in Primary, Secondary and Vocational Education
bp32 The effect of Educational Expansion on the Labour Market
bp33 Understanding innovation in science teaching
bp34 Virtual Learning Environments for Higher Education
bp35 Education Governance and Social Integration and Exclusion
bp37 Shifting skills and wages
bp38 Migration and its impact on the Labour Market and Education
bp43 The potential of tele-guidance for teacher training

Briefing Papers of projects supported under FP5

bp44 Education & Training for Governance & Active Citizenship in Europe
bp45 Gender and Qualification
bp46 The Education of the Gypsy Childhood in Europe
bp47 Organisational Learning in the Chemical Industry
bp48 Children In Communication About Migration
bp49 The role of language in the mobilisation of ethnic and migrant minorities
bp50 Students as "Journeymen" between communities of Higher Education and Work
bp51 The role of participation and informal learning in the transition of young people to the labour market
bp52 The Impact of Women's Studies Training on Women's Employment in Europe
bp53 Legal Framework of New Governance and Modern Policy in Education throughout Europe
bp54 Work Identities in Europe
bp55 Participation in Continuing Vocational education and training: a need for a sustainable employability
bp56 Challenges for education and training policies arising from the European integration and enlargement
bp57 Higher education reform network: a collaborative partnership to explore, disseminate and advise on the university of tomorrow
bp58 The Creation of new occupational patterns for cultural minorities: The Gypsy Case
bp59 Education and Wage Inequality in Europe
bp60 Higher Education Institutions' Responses to Europeanisation, Internationalisation and Globalisation. Developing International Activities in a Multi-Level Policy Context
bp61 Dual Citizenship, Governance and Education: A Challenge to the European Nation-State
bp62 Learning in Partnership: Responding to the Restructuring of the European Steel and Metal Industry
bp63 Changes in regulation modes and social production of inequalities in education systems
bp64 Engaging People in Active Citizenship in Central and Eastern Europe

Projects supported under FP6

bp65 Biology, health and environmental education for better citizenship
bp66 Intercultural Active Citizenship Education
bp67 Professional Knowledge in Education and Health: restructuring work and life between the state and the citizens in Europe
bp68 The Flexible Professional in the Knowledge Society
bp69 Empowerment of Mental Illness Service Users: lifelong learning, integration and action
bp70 European Universities for Entrepreneurship: their role in the Europe of Knowledge
bp71 Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: the contribution of the education system

This web site was developed with funding from DG-Research under FP5. It was updated (until 31December 2004) in close cooperation with DG-Research and the project coordinators.