UNSCAR Call for Proposals 2018: Supporting and Implementing Effective Conventional Arms Regulation

Deadline: 31 July 2018

UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) is currently seeking proposals to support and implement effective conventional arms regulation.

UNSCAR is administered by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), assisted by a Strategic Planning Group (SPG). The SPG consists of UNSCAR donor countries. It advises on UNSCAR’s annual priority areas and recommendations of project proposals for funding.


UNSCAR aims to:

  • mobilize resources to support the ratification / accession and implementation of relevant international instruments on arms regulation
  • improve effectiveness of assistance through coordination, monitoring and matching of resources
  • promote increased sustainability through more predictable sources of funding

Thematic Priorities

Priority will be given to projects which include one or more of the following thematic priorities:

  • Support the universalisation and/or effective implementation of relevant global instruments on arms regulation;
  • Promote the nexus on progress between conventional arms regulation, peace and security, and development, particularly in connection with Target 16.4, under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; including:
    • integration of arms control efforts into national development agenda;
    • national capacity building for data collection.
  • Explore synergies between international and regional instruments on arms regulation;
  • Support the implementation of international assistance priorities, considering:
    • outcomes from milestone conferences/meetings;
    • assistance needs as identified by States in national reports submitted.

Funding Information

UNSCAR encourages the submission of small-scale projects.

  • Category 1: a cap of $100,000 per project applies for project proposals, of which activities pertain to:
    • catalysing national legislative process;
    • supporting governments’ decision-making processes;
    • undertaking action-oriented research, study, IT development;
    • organizing meetings, workshops, and public awareness campaigns.
  • Category 2: a cap of $200,000 per project applies for project proposals, of which activities include substantial procurement of equipment, construction/rehabilitation of facilities and/or high operating costs, pertaining to:
    • providing technical and operational assistance, e.g. weapons collection, destruction, marking, record-keeping, tracing, stockpile management;
    • building technical capacity of national authorities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible organizations
    • United Nations system partners
    • Regional organizations
    • Non-Governmental Organizations
    • Research institutes
    • Member States wishing to benefit from UNSCAR-funded projects should work with one of the aforementioned eligible organizations to design a project proposal. An application may be submitted under the name of such an eligible organization, indicating “endorsed by the Government of [country name]” or “in partnership with the national small arms commission/authority of [country name].” Submission of a relevant national report that indicates applicable national need and/or requests is encouraged.
  • Organizations must be registered, have a legal status, and own a bank account under its name to apply for UNSCAR funds. An arrangement for the so-called ’financial agent’ is not possible.
  • Projects involving multiple implementing organizations are considered. Application should be submitted under the name of one eligible organization per application, who will take sole and full responsibility for project management and contractual obligations. Partner organizations should be listed in the application form in a relevant box. All partners listed should be in agreement with being mentioned in the application.
  • An eligible organization may submit one or more applications.
  • Projects that are not necessarily implemented by a Western based partner or follow typical selection standards are considered.

How to Apply

Applicants can download the application forms via given website.

For more information, please visit UNSCAR Call for Proposals.

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