Thematic selection procedure

In the thematic selection process, current challenges in climate protection and biodiversity conservation are usually addressed once a year. Funding priorities for these challenges are then defined, for which project outlines can be submitted. Depending on the funding priority, the funding amount per project can range from 5 to 30 million Euros.

The selection process of the projects is in two stages. In the first stage, the BMU pre-selects promising project outlines from those submissions that meet the mandatory requirements. These outlines are evaluated in detail based on the formal and technical criteria specified in the funding information. Based on the outcome of this assessment,  technical analysis and the budgetary funds available, the BMU decides which project outlines to pursue in the second stage of the selection process.

The second stage of the selection process begins with a notification sent to all lead implementing organisations on the outcome of the initial evaluation. The lead implementing organisations with successful project outlines are then invited to submit a detailed project proposal. The applicable requirements and templates to be used are provided electronically.

We recommend that a preparation phase should be planned in advance, to ensure that the project can be optimally aligned with local needs in cooperation with all project partners. The costs for the preparation phase are eligible for funding and will be deducted from the main project’s budget accordingly.


The two-stage selection procedure for thematic oriented calls.

Eligible implementing organisation:

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: Depending on the funding priority, the funding amount per project can range from 5 to 30 million Euros.

The next thematic selection procedure

The next International Climate Initiative (IKI) thematic selection procedure will start in the second quarter of 2022. This will ensure that the funding priorities can be optimally matched to the decisions of the major climate and biodiversity summits being held in 2021. The postponement will also enable IKI to better address the needs of its partner countries, so as to achieve more effective climate protection and biodiversity conservation. More information about the upcoming thematic call.

Call project outlines open for submission

In this first stage of the selection procedure, project outlines can be submitted

There is currently no thematic selection procedure at this stage.


Call project outlines under review

The deadline for the submission of project outlines has expired. 

The project outlines are being reviewed. 

There is currently no thematic selection procedure at this stage.


Call project outlines completed

Thematic selection procedure 2020

Following the slogan “Creating Green Societies in challenging times”, 13 thematic funding priorities have been identified. The focus lies on green recovery, i.e. environmentally friendly and climate conscious approaches to addressing the social and economic effects resulting from the coronavirus pandemic by building back better.

The deadline has expired on 10  March 2021.

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Thematic selection procedure 2019/2

Submissions of ideas for international climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation across 13 different funding priorities were welcomed. These ranged from bringing financial flows in line with climate change goals, insect protection, digitalisation of transport to sustainable consumption.

The selection of project outlines has been completed.

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