Recently three interesting calls for proposals have been announced: by the World Bank, TradeMark East Africa and TopSector Agri&Food.
World Bank: MultiDonor Trust Fund for Sustainable Logistics
The MultiDonor Trust Fund for Sustainable Logistics (MDTF-SL) is launching a call for proposals to fund studies in three sustainable logistics thematic areas:
- Green supply chains,
- Agrologistics, and
- Urban logistics and portcity development.
Deadline for proposals: 10th of April 2015
The following types of activities are eligible for financing through the MDTF-SL:
- Capacity building, technical assistance and training;
- Policy analysis, research and diagnostics;
- Knowledge management and dissemination;
- Workshops and conferences;
- Data collection and development of analytical tools;
- Information (electronic) Systems for network building and knowledge sharing.
No more than two projects per country will be approved for support per year. Projects may receive maximum support of up to US$300,000 to be funded for up to one year, though exceptional cases for longer timeframes may be considered with justification.
TradeMark East Africa: Logistics Innovation for Trade
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), an organisation supporting the growth of trade in the East African region, announced the European launch of its Logistics Innovation for Trade (LIFT) fund for transport and logistics companies interested in doing business in the East African Community (Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania).
The LIFT challenge fund managed by TMEA with funding support from the UKs Department for International Development provides grants ranging from US$200,000 to US$750,000 to companies that are operating (or interested in operating) in the East African Community (EAC) to develop and test new ideas that could reduce the cost and time of transport and logistics in the region. The LIFT fund is open to companies from all over the world. Applications are particularly welcomed from logistics and transportation companies in the world.
- Lead applicant can either be a local or foreign company /organisation that will operate in the EAC;
- For commercial projects, lead applicant must be a For-Profit organization. For project promoting reforms, non-profit organisations will also be considered;
- Project must hold potential to reduce transport and logistics costs;
- Funding is for the project, not the corporate entity;
- For business led projects at least 50% of funds for the project should be provided by the applicant. For non-profits 30%;
- Organization should have proven capacity to implement the project;
- The project must demonstrate the activities that will be funded by LIFT are new and that the project would not go ahead in this form without LIFT funding.
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2015.
TopSector Agri&Food: Seed Money projects
On 16 February 2015, the call for Seed Money Projects has been opened by the Dutch TopSector Agri&Food. Seed money projects are projects aiming at starting innovative international partnerships with Dutch SMEs in the agri-food sector. The search for the right partners and the development of a proper business model is central to the project. The aim of the project is to solve a local system problem. A system problem is a problem that can only be solved when Business, Government and Research institutions collaborate. Prerequisite for a seed money project is that a local problem owner (companies and or governments) participates in the project.
Results from earlier calls indicate that Seed Money Projects are a good way to explore international opportunities and where the business model is helpful to find the right network partners. All international public-private partnership projects that have received a positive assessment in 2014 from the TopSector Agri&Food, have started as a Seed Money Project. Budget for eight projects of 50,000 each is available.
More information can be found at www.tki-agrifood.nl/nieuws (only Dutch). For more information, please contact Willie van den Broek, telephone +31 317 481317.