Country Call

What are Country Calls?

In the Country Call, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) works with a partner government to develop thematic priorities for bilateral projects. This in-depth cooperation takes place mainly with the IKI priority countries. Country Calls aim to further develop the IKI portfolio in the country in question. In doing so, the focus is on the country-specific priorities derived from the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In most cases, two to three thematic priorities are set for each Country Call: one project is then to be implemented for each priority. The funding volume, which is provided by the IKI, is typically per thematic priority between EUR 8 and 30 million for each selected project.

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How much funding is provided?

8 to 30 million Euros (per thematic priority)

Who receives funding?

Several organisations and/or companies in a consortium

How long do the projects run for?

up to 8 years

How often is funding provided?

On an irregular basis, after bilateral coordination with IKI priority country

Where is funding provided?

the country is specified

How are the projects selected?

The project selection procedure takes place in two phases. In the first phase (outline phase), interested implementing organisations are invited to submit project outlines within the framework of an ideas competition. The three ministries involved in the IKI, in close cooperation with the respective partner government, usually select one project outline per thematic priority from all submissions. In the second phase (proposal phase), the organisations whose project outlines have been selected (from the first phase), are invited to submit a detailed proposal.

Phase 1: outline phase

After you submitted an outline to an ideas competition, it will first be checked to see whether it meets the minimum requirements. In case it meets these requirements, the outline is then comprehensively reviewed based on the IKI selection criteria. An overview of the selection criteria is available for download. Detailed information on each call can be found in the call's funding information. Based on the review results and the budget available, the responsible ministries, in close cooperation with the respective partner government, will select project outlines to be pursued further in the second phase. All participants will be informed in writing about the result of the review of their outline.

Selection criteria of the last IKI Country Call as an example:

Exemplary procedure for selecting projects for funding or commissioning for the IKI country calls.

Phase 2: proposal phase

After you submitted an outline as part of an ideas competition and it is selected in the review process, then it is at the second stage in the selection process: the proposal phase.

As the applicant submitting the selected project outline, you will receive at the beginning of this phase a written request to submit a detailed project proposal. We recommend including a preparation phase to work on your detailed proposal.

With the benefit of a preparation phase, projects can be optimally adjusted to local circumstances in the countries of implementation, the data required for detailed planning can be procured and a tailor-made support strategy can be developed. The expenditures incurred in the preparation phase is eligible for funding as part of the overall project budget.

Further information including key requirements and the essential templates can be found on this information page on the proposal phase for the country calls. 

Once the IKI Office at Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft gGmbH (ZUG) has reviewed the detailed project proposal, a final decision will be made as to funding/project commissioning. The implementation phase can then start, which runs for up to eight years. 

Information, documents and templates for the proposal phase of the country calls

Who can participate in the ideas competition?

The following organisations are eligible for funding under the thematic selection procedure:

  • non-governmental organisations;
  • commercial enterprises;
  • universities and research institutions from Germany and abroad;
  • implementing organisations in the Federal Republic of Germany;
  • institutions in partner countries (including national implementing organisations accredited at international or multilateral organisations), and
  • international intergovernmental organisations and institutions, such as development banks or United Nations organisations and programmes.

Governments in partner countries are not eligible to apply for IKI funding.


IKI Office
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On Monday, 20.5.2024 the IKI office will be closed due to a public holiday.

+49 30 72618 0222

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