Who is eligible to apply for services?

Applying for services offered by the DRM Innovation Fund is only open to an exclusive target group. The target group of the DRM Innovation fund are public entities that are dealing with domestic revenue mobilization and that have their origin in an African partner country. More over the fund allows and explicitly encourages cooperation between public entities as well as joint ventures between with non-governmental organizations, academia and private sector firms from the African Continent.

 

When necessary Board and Committee can restrict the list of eligible countries and recipients either prior to a call for application or during the project selection and approval process, for instance due to political developments. Further the Committee and Board may decide to restrict calls for application to specific themes or regions.

Register your organisation online

Registration of applicants is mandatory to participate in calls for proposals. It is strongly recommended that prospective applicants register before drafting their proposal and not to wait until submission deadline. Indeed, early registration will ease the application process for your organisation, as some information will only be requested once from applying organisations. Nevertheless, organisations are invited to update their information should any changes arise. Furthermore, registration information will be useful to assess operational and financial capacity, as well as eligibility to participate in calls for proposals.

Submit your proposal

To submit your proposal you will need to follow the instructions of the DRM Innovation Fund Application Guide, which is available in the website's download section of the website. To be accepted for support proposed, innovatin projects need to meet certain criteria.

The Fund aims at supporting projects with short funding cycles of up to 12 months and project budgets that do not exceed 100,000 Euros. The project budgets can be designed individually and can be used for instance for technical advice, the prurchase of goods or the procurement of services. The supported projects should allow an implementation within the envisaged period and promptly deliver quick wins. Projects should be innovative in the sense that they develop new solutions for persisting problems. This means they can develop entirely new approaches to solving a problem or utilise practices from other regions or sectors and adapt them to the application context by blending them with local knowledge.

All proposals need to be handed in online. After the registration, applicants need to fill in an online application format and need to upload a detailed project proposal (attachment 1), that is available in the download section of the website.

Update your proposal

Should the applying organisation be selected, it will be required to provide a logical framework, a detailed budget and an authorisation of cooperation. Based on this additional information a final decision will be taken.

Should it be required to update your proposal, please note that you can log into the application portal with your account that is already registered. Also, please note that you can save your application and log out several times before submitting.

What are the selection criteria?

When applying for project funding under the DRM Innovation Fund the proposed innovation projects should aim at mobilising domestic revenues and/or to improve the functionality, fairness, efficiency and transparency of systems, which underpin the functionality of the domestic revenue mobilisation system. In addition, projects should be innovative in the sense that they develop new solutions for persisting problems. This means they can develop entirely new approaches to solving a problem or utilise practices from other regions or sectors and adapt them to the application context by blending them with local knowledge.Further the DRM Innovation Fund takes into account key development criteria when evaluating a proposal.

Hence the aggregated selection criteria of the fund are:

  1. Innovation: The project needs to be  innovative in the sense that it develops new solutions for persisting problems.
  2. Relevance. The innovation project is needs oriented and takes account of the local context.
  3. Effectiveness. Aspects of feasibility and effectiveness are considered; technical consistency and coherence; objectives, activities and indicators are harmonised; continuous monitoring of the objectives is assured.
  4. Efficiency. Sound project management with clearly defined responsibilities; appropriate scheduling and financial planning; funding is used efficiently and appropriately.
  5. Sustainability. The innovation project pursues a long-term vision; it focuses on institutional strengthening through capacity building and process optimisation.

How will proposals be evaluated?

The project proposals will be evaluated against the above-mentioned criteria: (1) Innovative potential, (2) Relevance, (3) Effectiveness, (4) Sustainability, and (5) Efficiency. The application guide indicates what specific issues will have to be addressed to score well in the different selection criteria.