Deadline: 1 August 2016
The European Union is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for “EU Support to Improved Technical and Management Capacity within SMEs in Jordan” in order to promote systemic change in the enterprise ecosystem supporting the economic development potential of Jordan and its private sector.
- Provide to enterprises enhanced business development services to promote innovation, increased productivity; and promote awareness of the advantages of such improvements among SMEs;
- Increase pro-poor participation in regional value chains in partnership with large companies with a focus on improving productivity, increased participation in higher value added activities, and institutional developments to improve market access;
- Support SMEs seeking to do business with larger companies to upgrade their operations in order to increase their access to procurement opportunities within large firms operating in Jordan;
- Encourage research, joint market acquisition and collaborative ventures between SMEs and larger companies;
- Facilitate companies in high value added sectors (such as ICT and medical services) to access high-level management and technical skills necessary to achieve and exploit competitive advantage in local and global markets;
- Support local business development service providers to implement upgrading programmes to internationally accredited standards to enable them to better exploit local and international markets.
Size of Grants
Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR €6,000,000.
- The lead applicant must:
- be a legal person
- be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, public or private sector operator, local authority, university, business association, international organisation as defined by art. 43 of the Rule of application of the EU Financial Regulation
- be established in a Member State of the European Union or in Jordan, or in one of the ENI South Countries or a country that is beneficiary of Pre-Accession Assistance or a Member State of the European Economic Area . This obligation does not apply to international organisations
- 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
- in the case of a private sector operator or a business association, be legally registered for more than 3 years before the deadline for submitting proposals
- In addition, the following are however also eligible:
- Private Sector Organisations
- Public Sector Organisations including Local Government and Municipalities
- Academic and Research Institutions
- Non Profit Non-Governmental Organisations
- Financial and Private Investment Organisations or funds
- The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s)
- If awarded the grant contract, the lead applicant will become the beneficiary identified as the Coordinator. The Coordinator is the main interlocutor of the Contracting Authority. It represents and acts on behalf of any other co-beneficiary (if any) and coordinate the design and implementation of the action.
How to Apply
- The application procedure consists of two phases:
- Concept notes
- Full applications
- In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application
Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.