The implementation of the project entitled “Cultural Transfusion” contract No. EOG/21/K4/W/0068W is financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 and national funds (Education Program).

Description of the EDUCATION program

EEA Funds

The EEA Funds represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to creating a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
There are two overall goals: to reduce economic and social inequality in Europe and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States and the 15 EU countries of Central and Southern Europe and the Baltic Sea area. The three Donor States work closely with the EU under the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement. The Donors have provided €3.3 billion in consecutive fund programs between 1994 and 2014. The EEA funds for 2014-2021 amount to €1.55 billion. Priorities for this period are:

1. innovation, research, education and competitiveness;
2. social inclusion, youth employment and poverty reduction;
3. environment, energy, climate change and low-carbon economy;
4. culture, civil society, good governance and fundamental rights;
5. justice and home affairs.

The EEA Funds are jointly funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP. Eligibility for the funds is based on meeting the criteria set by the EU Cohesion Fund, intended for member states with a gross domestic income per capita below 90% of the EU average.

About the program

The Education Program, for which the role of Operator is performed by the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE), was established under the Intergovernmental Agreement on the implementation of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014 – 2021, concluded between Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Poland.

Objectives of the Program

The main objective of the Program is to reduce economic and social disparities within the European Economic Area and to strengthen bilateral relations between Poland and the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) in the field of education. Program activities are aimed at
designed to strengthen human potential and expand knowledge in Poland.

Program partners


  • The Icelandic Centre for Research


  • The National Agency for International Education Affairs)


  • The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills

Program activities

Priority (preferred) areas that support the goals of the Education Program are:

  • inclusive education,
  • management in the education sector,
  • development of quality culture in the education sector, including internal quality assurance systems,
  • development and promotion of the VET sector, taking into account the dual teaching system and cooperation of vocational education institutions with employers,
  • development of vocational guidance,
  • education regarding the child welfare system (“child welfare education”).