Funding Opportunities

Boosting Climate-Friendly Technology

Type: RFA
Closes: March 21, 2018

Organization: KFW DEG
Location(s):  All countries included in the OECD-DAC-Liste are possible project countries. Preference, however, is given on projects in emerging-market countries such as India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.

DEG is running the programme "Climate partnerships with the private sector" with a focus on the promotion of technology and knowledge transfer in order to support the development of a climate-friendly economy.

The initiative aims at mobilising additional actors from the private sector for climate protection in developing and emerging-market countries.

The projects carried out so far are from different areas and vary according to scale. They range from demonstration projects for technologies such as energy-efficient biogas plants or heat recovery installations, to a photovoltaic training centre and an online-tool for emission-reducing production methods in the textiles and footwear industry.

What is supported?

The programme supports private-sector projects that

  • promote the introduction of climate-friendly technology,
  • adapt proven technology for greenhouse gas reduction to the specific conditions in the target countries or
  • demonstrate the application of innovative technology
  • and have a structure-building effect in connection with the use of climate-friendly energy.

Furthermore, it is important that the projects are not required by law, cannot be realised without public contribution and have not yet been started. As a general rule, all countries included in the OECD-DAC-Liste are possible project countries. Preference, however, is given on projects in emerging-market countries such as India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.

Who can participate?

German and European companies, also in cooperation with local companies, are eligible for the programme if their good financial standing ensures the economic viability and sustainability of the project. Accordingly, the company must

  • have an annual turnover of at least 1 million euros,
  • have a staff of at least ten people
  • and have been in operation for at least three financial years.

How does the process look like?

Interested companies are invited to submit project proposals to DEG at any time. In the event of a positive decision, the company and DEG jointly develop a comprehensive project concept. An amount of up to 200,000 euros per project can be provided through the programme. The company has to contribute at least 50 per cent of the overall project cost. You can find further information in this overview .

Where do the funds come from?

The programme "Climate partnerships with the private sector" is supported within the framework of the "International Climate Initiative" (IKI) of the BMUB. The initiative aims at supporting developing and emerging-market countries in establishing the political and economic framework needed for improved climate protection. IKI is funded from the budget of the BMUB.

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NGO Projects Benefiting Refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya

Type: RFP
Closes: March 26, 2018

The  U.S. Department of State, Bureau Of Population, Refugees, And Migration is offering grants of  $500,000 - $2,000,000 per year for projects benefiting refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya. Specific points of focus include health, nutritiion, livelihoods, education, WASH, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, and other areas. See the link below for more details. Proposed project start dates are May 1 - September 1, 2018. Project plans for one, two, or three years will be considered.

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Solar Refrigeration System for FAO Yemen

Type: UN Tender/Procurement
Country: Yemen
Closes: March 27, 2018

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations through its representation in Yemen invites you to submit a bid for a Solar Refrigeration System.

In preparing your bid, you should take into account the international status and humanitarian goals of
FAO by submitting your best commercial terms. You should also be aware that FAO enjoys certain
privileges and immunities which include exemption from payment of Value Added Tax ("VAT"),
customs duties and importation restrictions.

Your Bid shall be based on all requirements included in this Invitation to Bid including:

Appendix I – Technical Specifications and Compliance Format
Appendix II – Financial offer
Appendix III – Bid Submission Letter
Appendix IV – FAO General Terms and Conditions for Goods

and must adhere to the General Bid Requirements and the Special Requirements and Conditions.

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Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge

Type: RFP
Closes: April 12, 2018

The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development, and Grand Challenges Canada are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge. to identify and support groundbreaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve - and in many cases, save - the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. The goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.

The challenge seeks life-saving or life-improving innovations to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict. These innovations will engage the private sector and involve input from affected communities in order to provide, supply, or locally generate clean water and sanitation, energy, life-saving information, or health supplies and services to help conflict-affected people. 

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Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

Closes: January 15, 2020

The European Commission has launched the first of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid. EIC Horizon Prizes are part of the European Innovation Council pilot run under Horizon 2020, the EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme.

The Prize on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid will reward the best, proven, cost-effective, tech-based solutions for Humanitarian Aid. The prize amount of €5 million will be divided equally into five categories: shelter and related assistance; water, hygiene and sanitation; energy; health and medical care; and an "open" category. Technologies include – but are not limited to - nanotechnologies, advanced materials or 3D printing.



Given the scale of today’s crises and disasters, funding to cover humanitarian needs cannot keep up.

The humanitarian system is being challenged to do more, for more people, and at greater cost. Cooperation between international organisations and NGOs responding to crises, end-users and local actors, research and scientific communities and the private sector is crucial in this respect.

Introducing innovative solutions for the delivery of humanitarian aid could help enhance the humanitarian response, which is particularly important for those in a most vulnerable situation.

Solutions should be developed through a frugal innovation approach, and should be novel and based on advanced technologies and services, demonstrating the added value and potential of one or more advanced technologies (no Information and Communication Technology-only solutions).

Tested and proven in a humanitarian aid delivery, these solutions should be safe, scalable, resource-sustainable, replicable and usable in other contexts.

Innovative solutions should be inclusive, i.e. co-created and developed by different stakeholders with local actors, and accessible to a large number of people in a given context of humanitarian aid delivery settings.

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