Information for applicants

Here you find information on support for projects under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Current selection process

The deadline for the 2018 selection procedure expired on 12 October 2017, 24:00 (CET). Project outlines received after the deadline cannot be considered. We are currently evaluating all project outlines received before the deadline (first stage of the procedure). We kindly ask you not to enquire about the status of your application at this time.

The lead executing organisations of promising project outlines will receive a written invitation to present a formal project proposal (second stage of the procedure). Immediately after receiving this, you can request funding for preparing the project, for instance for studies, appraisal missions, or planning workshops with partner institutions. As a rule, decisions on applications for this will be made within one month from the date on which the complete documents required for the decision were submitted.


The webinar on the current IKI selection process took place on Thursday, 17 August 2017. The recordings are published here.

General information about the selection process

BMU selects projects for IKI funding on the basis of ideas competitions that are generally announced once a year. In addition, BMU publishes the corresponding funding information.

The selection process consists of two stages:

Stage 1

For the first stage of the selection procedure, coherent project outlines need to be submitted in English through the online platform using the corresponding user interface on the IKI website.
BMU will evaluate all complete project outlines received in this format by the IKI Programme Office by the submission deadline.

After this deadline, the online system for submitting project outlines is no longer accessible. Project outlines that are not submitted using the appropriate channel cannot be considered in the further stages of the selection procedure.

Taking into account foreign and development policy criteria as well as available budget funds, BMU makes a preliminary selection of promising project outlines. Applicants are informed in writing of the results of the evaluation.

Stage 2

The lead executing organisations of promising project outlines receive a written invitation to present a formal project proposal and, immediately after that, can request funding for preparing the project, for instance for studies, appraisal missions, or planning workshops with partner institutions. As a rule, decisions on applications for this will be made within one month from the date on which the complete documents required for the decision were submitted. Lead organisations then have eight months to submit their project proposal. This proposal will be subsequently evaluated by BMU and serve as a basis for its decision. The appropriate requirements and templates that should be observed in this process – including requirements with respect to monitoring and safeguards – will be announced once the first stage of the procedure is completed.


The International Climate Initiative is open to a broad range of participants from Germany and abroad. It supports projects carried out in partner countries by federal implementing agencies, NGOs, business enterprises, universities and research institutes, and by international and multinational organisations and institutions, e.g. development banks and United Nations bodies and programmes.

Guidelines and Standard Indicators

Project application is open to applicants worldwide through an annual call for proposals. This two-stage procedure is designed to ensure that funding is awarded to ambitious projects with the most suitable implementing organisations. Applicants, whose submitted project outlines have passed the first stage of the selection process according to predefined criteria by the BMU, are invited in a second phase to submit detailed project proposals. These proposals are expected to be drafted in concordance with the guidelines on results-based project planning and monitoring in the IKI, also known as the guidelines on project planning and monitoring. The following points apply in particular to BMU-funded projects:

Designing an international climate finance architecture:

The IKI supports mechanisms for mobilising additional funding, private investments in particular, as well as sustainable business models for climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation measures.

Innovation and the multiplier effect:

IKI projects should follow technologically, environmentally, methodologically or institutionally ambitious and replicable approaches that are transferrable and that achieve results beyond individual projects.

Transparency and Coherence:

The IKI supports its partner countries in making measurable, reportable and verifiable (MRV) contributions to climate change mitigation. BMU also participates in the international debate on MRV. On the one hand, it is continuously improving its own monitoring approach. The planning and monitoring of IKI projects follows the impact logic of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). On the other hand, the IKI also focuses on strengthening transparency and governance structures in international climate financing.

Learning from Experience:

Stakeholders active in the IKI use platforms such as workshops or online networks to exchange experiences and know-how and learn from one another. An independent evaluation of individual projects and the entire programme provide important insights for continuously improving the IKI.

Standard Indicators:

As from 2015, all new projects are to use not only the project-specific indicators, but also the overarching standard indicators that summarise the central impacts of the IKI funding programme. Each project reports on all standard indicators to which it has made a significant contribution.

IKI's standard indicators are:

Reduction indicator: Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and increase in carbon storage (as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) in the project/programme area.

Adaptation indicator: Number of people the project directly assists with adaptation to climate change impacts or ecosystem conservation.

Ecosystem indicator: Ecosystem area (in hectares) that is improved or protected by the project’s activities.

Policy indicator: Number of new or improved policy frameworks for managing climate change and/or conserving biodiversity.

Institution indicator: Number of new or improved institutionalised structures or processes for managing climate change and/or conserving biodiversity.

Methods indicator: Number of new or improved methodological tools for managing climate change and conserving biodiversity.


Since 2017 IKI project implementing organisations are expected to apply the GCF Safeguard System (interim IFC Performance Standards). Performance Standard 1 is not applicable for IKI projects. The systematic consideration of safeguards within the International Climate Initiative will contribute to the avoidance of potential negative impacts of projects on people or the environment and enhance the overall quality of project planning and implementation. Project applicants are expected to suggest a risk category based on a screening of all Performance Standards in conjunction with planned measures to avoid and mitigate the risks.  In case of potential risky activities relevant instruments for risk minimization, monitoring and management have to be included in the project concept (e.g. indicators, desk study, safeguards workshop with stakeholders).    

Implementing organisations without institutional safeguard system or in-house expertise will receive support from the IKI Programme Office in the risk assessment process. High-risk projects and – in exceptional cases – medium risk projects may apply for a preliminary study or project mission. Furthermore, it is possible to apply for an extension of the deadline for project proposal submission if necessary in order implement safeguards appropriately. If changes regarding the risk categorization occur during project implementation, these changes have to be communicated to BMU and the IKI Programme Office immediately.


International Climate Initiative Programme Office
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin

Email: programmbuero(at)
Telephone: +49 (0)30 338 424 - 218
Fax: +49 (0)30 338 424 - 302