International Climate Initiative (IKI) Calls for the 2018 Cycle of Support

11 October 2017

The selection process for IKI Funding is now online!

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) selects projects for IKI funding on the basis of ideas competitions that are generally announced once a year. Overall the IKI aims to support measures that are essential for the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). One priority therefore is to help partner countries to achieve the Aichi Targets, another to contribute to climate actions under the Paris Agreement.

For 2018 the IKI is primarily looking for regional or national proposals, as joint programs, that implement overall programmatic approaches with a volume of generally 15-20 Mio Euro. Bilateral support will only be received by the IKI priority countries where specific funding information applies. Among them probably South Africa, Mexico, Philippines, Costa Rica, Brazil and possibly other countries which will be handled through additional IKI calls. More funding Information

Funding under IKI is intended for a variety of applicants, like federal implementing agencies, NGOs, business enterprises, universities and research institutes, international and multinational organizations and institutions among others.

The selection process consists of two stages. For the first stage, coherent project outlines need to be submitted in English through the online platform using the corresponding user interface on the IKI website.

BMUB will then evaluate all complete project outlines based on foreign and development policy criteria as well as available funds. The Deadline for submission is October 12, 2017. Project outlines submitted after this deadline or not using the appropriate channel or format will not be considered in the further stages of the selection procedure.

In the second stage the lead executing organizations of promising project outlines receive a written invitation to present a formal project proposal and, immediately after that, can request funding for preparing the project, for instance for studies, appraisal missions, or planning workshops with partner institutions. As a rule, decisions on applications for this will be made within one month from the date on which the complete documents required for the decision were submitted. Lead organizations then have eight months to submit their project proposal.

BMUB will subsequently evaluate this detailed project proposal according to appropriate requirements, like monitoring and safeguards and templates and announce its completion.

For the first time IKI also provided Webinars on the current selection procedures. Click below for the specific topic of interest:


Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition. In the early years of the programme, its financial resources came from the proceeds of auctioning allowances under the emissions trading scheme. To ensure financial continuity, further funds were made available through the Special Energy and Climate Fund. Both funding mechanisms are now part of the Federal Environment Ministry’s regular budget.

The IKI is a key element of Germany’s climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.


Photo: Courtesy of IKI official website