Deadline: 10 October 2019
The Nuffic has announced a call for proposals to improve the provision of electricity to people living in rural areas, based on renewable energy solutions.
The proposed project must contribute to the following objective:
- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 7).
The proposed project must contribute to the following long-term impacts:
- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services.
The following medium-term impact will contribute to this:
- Education system (TVET/HE) is of good quality, relevant and accessible (SDG 4);
- Partnerships between persons and organisations are inclusive and sustainable (SDG 17);
- Organisations key to (sectoral) inclusive development of partner countries are strengthened by inflow of enhanced workforce.
This will be achieved by the following outcome:
- TVET/HE organisations (in the selected partner countries and in NL) perform better their core tasks, firmly embedded in their environment (in line with country / regional specific labour market needs & aiming at inclusiveness).
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- Maximum available funding for this call, excluding co-funding is EUR 600,000.
- Maximum funding per collaboration project, excluding co-funding is EUR 600,000.
In order to achieve this objective, the proposed project should consider the following elements:
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- Offer practical courses where young people can receive training on working with different forms of renewable energy and increase their technical and practical capabilities (e.g. installation and maintenance of individual solar panels and creation of mini-grids);
- Focus on the employability of these young people after graduation;
- Ensure that rural communities also benefit from key interventions in the renewable energy sector (e.g. by offering extension/outreach programmes);
- Stimulate young entrepreneurs to come up with smart solutions for providing electricity to people living in rural areas (e.g. by providing a small start-up fund as part of their training and education);
- Contribute to achieve gender equality and enhance the position of young women and vulnerable groups, starting with increasing their access to vocational skills and training;
- Contribute to strengthening the capacity of relevant (government) institutions; and
- Revise curricula (when necessary) to make sure that they are aligned with labour market needs and contain a good balance of practice and theory.
Grant applications and applicants have to meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for a grant:
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- The grant application must be submitted by a Dutch institution for secondary vocational or higher vocational or academic education, or a knowledge institution or organisation in a Country, potentially on behalf of their consortia. The project must be a collaboration between a Dutch and a country partner, potentially on behalf of their consortia. All country partners have to be based in the country/countries specified in the call. Only the Dutch lead partner has to be based in the Netherlands.
- The grant applicant is in a position to provide adequate financial management and, due to its experience and expertise in relation to activities similar to those for which the grant is being requested, can guarantee the targeted and effective performance of the activities to achieve the impact and outcomes as defined in the application; the applicant must submit data in the form of a COCA to enable its capacities to be assessed.
- The grant applicant can function and operate appropriately within the legislation passed by the government in the country or countries in question.
- The project proposal has a minimum duration of one year and a maximum duration of four years, and must be implemented and established by no later than 31 December 2021.
- The grant applied for does not exceed the maximum amount specified in the call for grant applications. Any required co-funding is guaranteed.
- The grant application meets any specific financial requirements set out in the call.
- The grant application must be in the compulsory format and meet all criteria and requirements stated in this document.
- The grant application is in line with the CPI of the country concerned.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply via email at the address given on the website.
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For more information, please visit https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/calls-for-joint-proposals-institutional-collaboration-orange-knowledge/