Country specific selection procedure

Within IKI country specific selection procedures the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) jointly with its respective partner ministries agrees on cooperation topics, generally two, for bilateral projects. The funding volume provided by IKI usually amounts to 12 to 15 million Euros per project.

These topics are published in a country-specific competition, so-called IKI country calls. Subsequently, in close cooperation of both governments, a preselection of projects is taken in a two-stage process, see graphic below. In the first stage, both governments agree on a pre-selection of project outlines.

These project ideas are then reviewed in detail on the basis of the formal and technical criteria as defined in the funding information. Subsequently, BMU and the respective partner government decide which outlines will be pursued in the second stage of the procedure.

At the beginning of this second stage the main implementing organizations of successful project outlines are requested to prepare and submit their comprehensive project proposal. Once they have been reviewed and approved, the projects are implemented, usually over a period of five to seven years.

The two-stage selection procedure for country calls

The following institutions are welcome to apply:

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

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

Funding amount: 12 to 15 million Euros per project

Funding duration: usually a period of five to seven years


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Call project outlines open for submission

Currently, there is no selection procedure in this stage. 

Call project outlines under review

Call project outlines completed