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, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Current selection process

The 2017 selection procedure has been completed. No project outlines can be submitted for funding at this time.
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment has reviewed all project outlines submitted in the year 2016. The applicants have been informed of the decision on funding.
We will inform you about the 2018 selection procedure on our website in due time.

General information about the selection process

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) principally selects projects for IKI funding through a call for proposals. 

The selection process consists of two stages:

Stage 1

BMUB normally issues an annual call for proposals along with the corresponding support information. Those interested can submit project outlines in English within a set deadline. These must be prepared using the project outline templates available on the IKI website. BMUB evaluates all project outlines in this format that are complete and were submitted to the IKI Programme Office in time. The Ministry makes its selection based on the funds available and seeks the approval of other relevant ministries. Applicants will be informed in writing of the evaluation result.

Stage 2

In the second step, applicants whose projects were selected will be requested in writing to submit a formal funding application and will receive the necessary templates and instructions. BMUB evaluates the project applications received and then makes the decision on funding. If a project requires a letter of political support from the partner country or guarantees under international law, this will have an effect on the project's start date.


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. The following points apply in particular to BMUB-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 BMUB 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