EU announces Call for Proposals on ‘Partnerships Facility for Asia’


Deadline: 14 June 2019

The European Union has announced its grant program entitled “Partnerships Facility for Asia” to increase the overall capacity of beneficiary countries to design and implement SDG related policies, regulations and activities.

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Priorities Area

  • To improve the technical capacity of Asian partners in designing and implementing SDG-related policies and regulation, through the mobilisation of public sector expertise
  • To engage in dialogue with Asian partners on SDG implementation
  • To strengthen and support Triangular Cooperation in Asia

Applicants must address all three of the above priorities.

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Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

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  • minimum amount: EUR 8 000 000
  • maximum amount: EUR 8 000 000

There is only one grant available under this Call for Proposals. This grant will have a value of EUR 8 000 000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead applicant
    • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
      • be a legal person and
      • be non-profit-making and
      • be established in a Member State of the European Union
      • For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. Unless sector-specific eligibility rules provide otherwise , if the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible to participate) or will be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 12.2. e) of Annex II of the grant agreement’.
      • This obligation does not apply to international organisations and
      • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary and
      • be a public sector institution of an EU Member State or a private sector entity registered in an EU Member State yet include an EU Member State public sector institution as co-applicant.
  • Co-applicant(s)
    • There must be a minimum of two co-applicants in this action.
    • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
    • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.
    • In addition to the categories referred to in Section 2.1.1, the following are however also eligible:
      • Private sector entities registered in an EU Member State;
      • Public and private sector entities and non-profit institutions of eligible Asian countries.
  • Affiliated entity(ies)
    • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies).
    • Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):
    • Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
    • This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
      • Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
        • Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
          • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
          • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
          • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
      • Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association) as the proposed affiliated entities.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant must be submitted at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2OaZDkR and download the guidelines.

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