The European Union (EU) is inviting applications for Research and innovation applied to family farming for climate change adaptation and resilience in the Southern Provinces of Angola.
This action is part of an initiative on climate resilient Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA), which is steered by the European Commission and involves some EU Member States and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. By linking more effectively development initiatives with research and innovation, DeSIRAintends to boost innovation in agriculture and food systems transformation of partner countries with a view to be more resilient to the effects of climate change.
- The global objective of this call for proposals is: To contribute to the transformation of agriculture sector in Angola through innovation and research.
- The specific objective of this call for proposals are: Applied research and innovation improve action to address climate change adaptation and resilience of family farming in the Southern Provinces of Angola.
- Direct beneficiaries are those to receive funds and are responsible for the implementation: consortia composed of national, European and international research bodies, including universities.
The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 1 000 000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.
Size of grants
Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
- minimum amount: EUR 800 000
- maximum amount: EUR 1 000 000
- The target groups will be farmers and their organizations to benefit with innovations to improve their productivity and resilience. Public and private research bodies, NGOs and the private sector shall benefit with capacity building and shall improve knowledge on agriculture innovation.
In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
- be a legal person and
- be non-profit-making or a private sector organisation with a relevant public sector mandate/mission, and
be a specific type of organisation such as:
- Academic and research institutions (Universities, Agriculture Research Institutes)
- A consortium of academic / research institutions
- A public sector operator or local authority,
- An international (inter-governmental) organisation as defined by Article 156 of the EU Financial Regulation and
- be established in a Member State of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden) and the United Kingdom or the Republic of Angola, the OECD, an ACP state, a Member State of the European Economic Area, Overseas Countries and Territories or a beneficiary State of the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement and
- be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the coapplicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary and
- since the operational research is the “scientific backstopping” to the implementation of the FRESAN programme, applicants (or entities having a structural link with the applicant or associated entities) that are already participating in the FRESAN will be in principle rejected.
- Have proven experience in conducting operational researches (at least, two applied operational researches with a minimum budget of EUR 200.000 and at least, one of them, conducted in developing countries) in the following areas: agriculture, livestock, climate change/environment, community development, agroforestry and food security
- Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
- Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.
In addition, the following are however also eligible:
- be a specific type of organisation such as: Non-governmental organizations or any other nonprofit-making organization
- have proven operational capacity in the South of Angola (Provinces of Huíla and/or Cunene)
- since the operational research is the “scientific backstopping” to the implementation of the FRESAN programme, co-applicants (or entities having a structural link with the co- applicant or associated entities) that are already participating in these components will be in principle rejected.
- Co-applicants must sign the mandate grant application form.
- The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies).
Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):
- Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
- Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
- Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
- Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
- Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
- Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
- Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association,…) as the proposed affiliated entities.