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Selection procedure

Current selection process

The deadline for the 2017 selection procedure was 6 June 2016 (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). Please refrain from enquiring about the status of your application during this time.

In the final quarter of this year, we will inform all applicants of the result of the evaluation of their project outline and invite those who have submitted promising outlines to present a formal funding application. The form to be used for the funding application will be sent together with the invitation for submission. The decision on funding will be based on the final appraisal of the specific funding application by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (second stage of the procedure).

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.


International Climate Initiative Programme Office
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin

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