Designing the 2015 Global Climate Change Agreement

Deadline: 22 December, 2012
Open to: organisations such as: private sector, non-governmental organisations, public sector operators, local authorities, international (inter-governmental)
Grants: between the following minimum amount: EUR 500,000 and maximum amount: EUR 1,500,000

The European Commission (EC) has issued a call for proposals for ‘Designing the 2015 Global Climate Change Agreement’ under the Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy (ENRTP). The programme helps developing countries and partner organisations to address environmental and natural resource management issues.


The global objective of this call for proposals is to support the negotiations under the ADP (Durban Platform for Enhanced Action). This will include arranging for dialogue, research and in-depth analysis. In addition, on the basis of this work and progress in the negotiations, the programme will develop a draft new international agreement, with explanatory memorandum and supporting papers on its key elements. This work must be carried out by organisations such as NGOs, think tanks or centres of academic excellence from a broad and representative range of countries, including major emerging economies, Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. The outputs of this call for proposals will be used within an international negotiations forum.

The specific objective is the development of options on how the new agreement should address all elements of the ADP workstream on the 2015 Agreement, including mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer, transparency of action and support and capacity building.


In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:

  • be legal persons
  • be a non state actor
  • be specific types of oorganisations such as: private sector, non-governmental organisations, public sector operators, local authorities, international (inter-governmental)
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with their partners, not acting as an intermediary
  • show a proven track record as a leading contributor to the international climate debate
  • be able to provide published learned documents on the climate change debate, the UNFCCC and Kyoto processes
  • have staff recognised as leading academics in the climate action field.
  • be established in a Member State of the European Union and (this obligation does not apply to international organisations); considering  that LDCs (Least Developed Countries) are major beneficiaries of the outcome to be carried out in the context of the call, the reciprocity provision applies automatically and therefore all nationalities of the OECD DAC members are eligible


The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals is EUR 1,500,000.

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

  • minimum amount: EUR 500,000
  • maximum amount: EUR 1,500,000

Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals can be funded up to 100% of total eligible costs of the action.

How to apply?

  • Applications must be submitted in accordance with the instructions of the Guidelines.
  • Applicants must apply in English.
  • In the Concept note, the applicants must only provide an estimate of the amount of contribution requested from the Contracting Authority. Only the applicants invited to submit a full application in the second phase will be required to present a detailed budget. The elements assessed on the basis of the concept note may not be modified by the applicant in the full application form. The EU contribution may not vary from the initial estimate by more than 20%. Any error or major discrepancy related to the points listed in the instructions on the Concept Note may lead to the rejection of the Concept Note.
  • Clarifications will only be requested when information provided is unclear, thus preventing the Contracting Authority from conducting an objective assessment.
  • Hand-written Concept Notes will not be accepted.
  • Please note that only the Concept Note form will be evaluated. It is therefore of utmost importance that this document contain ALL relevant information concerning the action. No additional annexes should be sent.

The Concept Note and the Checklist can be found here

The deadline to submit applications is 22 December 2012.

This is a restricted Call for Proposals. In the first instance, only Concept Notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, applicants whose Concept Notes have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a Full Application Form.

For more information read Guidelines for grant applicants.

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