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Call for Projects 2024 – Concept Phase

The Call for Projects 2024 was announced and launched on 6 December 2023 at a high-level event at COP28 in Dubai, at the NDCP Pavilion. Similarly to the previous Call for Projects 2023, the new Call has a funding volume of up to EUR 100 million.

Both the British and German governments have restated their commitment to the Facility in the form of renewed pledges. The British Government announced in September 2023, that it pledges a further £100 million to the Facility over a 3-year period. The German government announced during the event at COP28, that it intends to pledge EUR 40 million to the Call for Projects 2024 of the Facility.

Update:
  • The Call for Projects 2024 is open for submission of Project Concepts from 11 December 2023 until 29 February 2024 at 3 pm CET via our Open Application Platform (OAP).
  • Read the General Information Document (GID) which is also available in French and Spanish, and take a look at other useful materials in the section “Key resources for Applicants” below to learn more about the Call for Projects 2024. 
  • Make sure to browse through the list of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) in the respective section of the current webpage and in this document.
  • An example of a Project Concept template (for information purposes only) can be found here.
  • A first webinar providing general information on the Call for Projects 2024 as well as outlining lessons learnt from the Concept Phase of the Call for Projects 2023 took place on 8 December at 14:00 CET. You can watch the recording here.
  • You can also access here the recording and the presentation of the second webinar focusing on the most common questions under the Call for Projects 2024 that took place on 7 February at 14:00 CET.

In the new Call, the most ambitious and feasible climate change mitigation projects are selected for funding support through a comprehensive process including the following phases: Concept Phase; Outline Phase; Detailed Preparation Phase (DPP); and Implementation Phase. The Project Concept Phase preceding the development of Project Outlines has been introduced to simplify the application process and open the competition to a wider range of potential Applicants and partners. 

Given the focus of the Mitigation Action Facility on three priority sectors of energy, industry and transport, the Facility can significantly contribute to initiatives like the Global Renewables and Energy Efficiency Pledge, the Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) and the Climate Club.  Where relevant, synergies with and a clear reference to the political agreement of the JETPs as well as the consecutive papers (such as an investment plan or an implementation plan) and the Climate Club priorities on transforming industries in the respective countries are highly encouraged.

Apply: To apply for our Call for Projects 2024, use our Open Application Platform (OAP)

General information about the Call

Key Features
  • Three priority sectors – energy, transport, industry – and support to cross-sectoral projects linked to one of the priority sectors 
  • Continued focus on the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), as well as emphasis on long-term strategies (LTS), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes and global cooperation (NDC Partnership) 
  • Provision of a grant-based funding for projects that combine technical assistance and financial cooperation targeting market-based, sustainable and scalable financial mechanisms 
  • Overall funding volume of the Call of up to EUR 100 million as well as an upper funding volume of EUR 25 million per project 
  • A simplified application process featuring a competition of Project Concepts, preceding the submission of Project Outlines
  • A limit of 10 Project Concepts per Applicant including its regional representations and /or subsidiaries
  • An upper limit of up to 25 Project Concepts selected to proceed into the Project Outline Phase in which further, more detailed, elaboration of the project needs to take place
  • Tailored support in the Outline development provided to a small number of Project Concepts (out of the 25 selected for the Project Outline Phase) submitted by Applicants that have limited previous experience with the Mitigation Action Facility (and its predecessor, the NAMA Facility)
  • Piloting modality for novel technologies
  • Public and private actors invited to submit Project Concepts
    Timeline
    Launch of the Call:
    Mitigation Action Facility side event at COP28 in Dubai (6 December 2023, 15:30 GST) 
    Project Concept Phase (mandatory):
    11 December 2023 – 29 February 2024
    Assessment and selection of Project Concepts:

    March-May 2024

    Project Outline Phase:
    June-July 2024
    Assessment and selection of Project Outlines:
    August-October 2024
    Contracting for the Detailed Preparation Phase (DPP):
    November 2024 
    DPP:
    10 or 15 months
    Submission of Project Proposals:
    At the end of month 10 or 15
    Funding decision based on Project Proposals:
    Approximately five months after submission of a Project Proposal 
    Clarification Notes

    Before submitting your questions to the Mitigation Action Facility please consult FAQs further below.

    Clarification Notes will be published according to the following schedule: 

    Project Concept Phase: 

      Project Outline Phase: tba

      Please make sure to submit your questions ahead of the publication dates to contact@mitigation-action.org 

      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

      The Mitigation Action Facility has introduced a Project Concept Phase. What is it aimed for?

      The Project Concept Phase preceding the development of Project Outlines has been introduced with the Mitigation Action Facility Call for Projects 2023 to simplify the application process and open the competition to a wider range of potential applicants and partners. This modality remains valid for the Call for Projects 2024. For the presentation of Project Concepts, an Open Application Platform (OAP) is used inviting applicants to provide details on the envisioned intervention. No Annexes need to be filled out. The application form in OAP is guided by the questions that will at a later stage require further, more detailed, elaboration in the Project Outline.

      How can a Project Concept be submitted to the Mitigation Action Facility?

      Project Concepts can be submitted exclusively through the Open Application Platform (OAP) accessible via the Mitigation Action Facility website. Project Concepts submitted in any other way will not be considered in the assessment process.

      What type of Applicant / Applicant Support Partner (ASP) can submit a Project Concept?

      Project Concepts and, upon selection, Project Outlines can be submitted by the following Applicants: 

      • A national ministry; in that case, a separate legal entity should be identified latest at the Project Outline Phase as the Applicant Support Partner (ASP) for contracting during DPP (not yet required at the Project Concept Phase). The ASP must comply with certain capacity and eligibility criteria to be considered eligible for support. 
      • Legal entities that comply with certain capacity and eligibility requirements and receive sufficient endorsement by the national government institutions relevant for the potential implementation of the project. The endorsement needs to be demonstrated at the Project Outline Phase in the form of endorsement letters (not yet required at the Project Concept Phase) 

      All capacity and eligibility requirements of Applicants / ASP are further detailed in chapter 3.4, 5.1.1, 5.2.2 and Annex 3 of the General Information Document (GID). 

      As government agencies, non-governmental organisations and commercial organisations (national or international) are legal entities, they can serve as Applicant, Applicant Support Partner and, later, an Implementation Organisation. It holds true even if the non-governmental / commercial organisation is located a non-ODA country as long as a proposed project is to be implemented in an ODA-eligible country. It is also possible that the APS is made up of a consortium of legal entities. 

      In case a Project Concept is selected for the Outline Phase, the Technical Support Unit (TSU) will assist individual Applicants and/or ASPs shall there be a need in identifying additional partners (e.g. to form a partnership in case of insufficient individual capacities or for a national ministry to define an ASP). 

      Are there any regional and/or geographic priorities in the Call for Projects 2024 of the Mitigation Action Facility?

      There are no regional and / or geographic preferences as part of the Call for Projects 2024. The Call is open to all ODA-eligible countries.  

      However, it should be ensured that a project serves and is spent in line with the public benefit purpose to promote sustainable development in partner countries that are included in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC)-list; and that it is implemented in and/or linked to one of the Mitigation Faction Facility’s priority sectors, namely energy, transport or industry. 

      Projects in the cross-border and regional contexts are eligible. 

      Can a country submit more than one Project Concept in the Call for Projects 2024?

      Yes, this is possible. Each Project Concept is assessed on its own merits and the same selection criteria, regardless of whether it comes from the same or different countries.

      What is the expectation of the Mitigation Action Facility with regard to the project alignment with NDC? Do the sectors targeted by projects have to be mentioned in the latest version of a country’s NDC?

      The sector(s) that a project engages with should be explicitly included in the partner country’s NDC to affirm the alignment of the project with national priorities and ensure that the project supports the implementation of NDC, is aligned with LTS and contributes overall to the UNFCCC process. The Call for Projects 2024 does not feature any eligibility requirements linked to the submission of the first updated or second NDCs by national governments. However, projects should demonstrate a high level of alignment with the plans developed within the framework of the NDC Partnership (NDCP) as far as these exist. For more information on project characteristics see GID, chapter 4.1.  

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