Funding for innovative projects: drafting a successful application

Call for proposals

Funding for innovative projects: drafting a successful application
Get informed:

Grants:$50,000 -$4,000,000

Find out about the different stages of FID funding

Prepare your application:


Learn about the selection process and prepare your application

Submit your application:


Apply online via the application portal using the information you already prepared



How to respond effectively to our call for projects
What you need to do
Would you like to obtain financial support from FID? Before drafting your application, verify your eligibility and that the progress of your project is in line with our funding methods and evaluation criteria. Our call for projects is open all year round. You can work on your application in a collaborative way and come back to it several times to optimise and finalise your application.

Funding methodology

The different stages of funding. The corresponding grant amounts.

Explanations in video

Selection procedures

The 3 selection criteria used. Their degree of requirement based on the funding stage. Read our Call for proposals guide.

Building your application

Uploading documents and preparing your application. Submitting your application on our application portal.


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2 cases of ineligibility for our funding
FID supports a wide variety of innovation teams and projects. Before applying, however, check that you do not fall into any of the following cases:

You are not eligible if you are applying on behalf of a public multilateral and international institution.

You are not eligible if you are applying as an individual*

(*Applications must be made on behalf of an established organisation. )

Evaluation of projects

3 evaluation criteria
Condition 1

Potential of Impact
At each stage of the project, you must present a theory of change that justifies how and why the proposed activities are likely to generate a positive impact. This must be based on rigorous, scientifically established evidence of impact that supports the hypotheses, as well as a clear strategy for collecting evidence of impact during implementation.

Condition 2

You must demonstrate that your innovation is capable of delivering better results at a lower cost or more efficiently than existing alternatives to address the targeted development challenge.


Scaling up and financial sustainability
You will be asked to demonstrate the feasibility of scaling up your innovation by clarifying the appropriate and necessary resources and commitments.

Useful resources

Your application documents:
The Call for Applications guide:
All the useful information on our call for applications procedure in one place. Please read it carefully before applying.

The Call for Applications Guide
The application form:
Our application form is available in Word format. Please consult it to find out what documents you need to provide.

Application Form
The budget template:
“A synthetic budget template, by activity, in Excel format. To be downloaded, completed and attached to the online form.”

Budget Template (XLS)
Financing development projects: 5 key stages
The selection criteria change depending on the stage of funding.

Submit your project
Stage 0
Stage 0: Preparation grant | Up to 50 000 EUR
Identify the relevant funding stage at the end of the Preparation Grant (stage 1 or 2). The selection criteria applied depends on the stage of funding targeted at the end of the Preparation Grant.


This funding is intended for organisations from one of the countries eligible for official development assistance.

Stage 1
Stage 1: Pilot | Up to 200 000 EUR
**Evidence of impact: **have a solid theory of change on the potential of the innovation to generate a positive impact. **Cost-effectiveness: **explain the cost-effectiveness from a scaling-up perspective. Scaling up: identify the potential for impact on a larger number of people in the context of scaling up, and the levers to achieve this.

Stage 2
Stage 2: Test and preparation for scaling up | Up to 1 500 000 EUR
Evidence of impact: present a sound methodology to evaluate the impact of the project. Cost-effectiveness: prove the cost-effectiveness or present a methodology for conducting this analysis. Scaling up: present an action plan for scaling up the innovation and a sound methodology for demonstrating the impact of the project.

Stage 3
Stage 3: Scaling up | Up to 4 000 000 EUR
Evidence of impact: provide rigorous evidence of the impact of the innovation including a credible demonstration that this impact would not have been achieved without the intervention. Cost-effectiveness: demonstrate cost-effectiveness through a documented case study in comparison with existing alternatives. Scaling up: demonstrate evidence of sustainability and impact at large scale.

Transformation of public policies | Up to 500 000 EUR
Evidence of impact: establish a robust theory of change on the ability of activities to generate substantial improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Cost-effectiveness: demonstrate the implementation of activities leading to economies of scale for public policies. Scaling up: demonstrate the sustainability of the activities after the funding ends.


Note : the eligibility of applications at this stage is conditional on the partnership with a public stakeholder in the project.

Do you have any questions about funding?

Does the project leader have to be French?

Are international and multilateral institutions eligible for FID funding?

Project selection

Your selection process in 4 steps
You can submit your proposal via the online call for applications at any time of year. FID reviews applications at regular intervals as they are received.

**The application selection process consists of four stages: **

Submission of the initial application




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