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Prosperity Fund in Mexico: call for proposals
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The Prosperity Fund in Mexico is now open for the submission of project proposals in its first phase.
Deadline to submit Concept Bids to the Programme Team is January 29th, 2014. Interested organisations are strongly advised to schedule a meeting with the Programme Team at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to present their ideas.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Prosperity Fund promotes the creation of conditions for global growth by supporting Mexico’s transition to a sustainable, rules-based developed economy. This is done through effective policy and increased UK-Mexico commercial collaboration, in particular:
Work that helps to consolidate an open, fair and competitive Mexican economic, financial and business environment which is attractive to UK companies – including through appropriate support for Mexico’s reform agenda.
By ensuring a strong partnership between Mexico and the UK in support of a rules-based, free-trading international economic system which drives global prosperity.
Work that promotes the UK as a creative and trustworthy partner; a world-class destination for business, tourism and study.
By using the GREAT campaign and its private sector partnerships to build international awareness of UK strengths and values, and increasing the impact of British companies abroad.
Work that supports the transition to a low carbon economy and resilient energy markets and which promotes science and innovation as solutions to global challenges.
By enhancing energy security; consolidating a strengthened bilateral dialogue on energy issues and promoting UK commercial and policy interests following energy reforms.
Support for the development of a sustainable low carbon economy enabling Mexico to meet its emissions targets and to contribute substantively to international consensus on a legally binding climate change deal.
Work that helps British companies win new business and that promotes education and innovation as drivers of growth.
By promoting an education partnership that brings prosperity benefits to both countries and strengthens our long term engagement.
By developing a stronger Mexico-UK innovation, research and evidence partnership that has commercial, academic and societal impact.
The Prosperity Fund in Mexico supports projects that aim to have an impact on public policy, particularly in the field of openness, sustainability and opportunity. The priorities are outlined below:
- Improvement of the regulatory framework to promote transparency and accountability
- Increase competitiveness and regulation in key sectors like Telecommunications and Financial Services empowering future collaborations with the UK
- Development of open market regulations that strengthen the implementation of the Financial and Fiscal Reform in Mexico
- Improve efficiency in the infrastructure sector by increasing the accountability of public resources and promoting competitiveness through PPP with UK companies
- Support for the successful implementation of the General Law on Climate Change
- Climate Science Cooperation
- Channeling of private and/or public funding for implementation of low carbon policies
- Cooperation on Energy Policy in the fields of:
- Enhancement of Energy Sector Regulation
- Up scaling of renewable energies
- Strengthening of technical skills and capacity building framework for the energy sector
- SME&Renewable Energies Policy, Regulation and Promotion of Market Opportunities
- Policy Development for Green Infrastructure strategies in Transport, Building and Urban Planning
- Health, Safety and Environment
- Contribute to Mexico’s economic competitiveness through the development of human capital in alignment with private and public sector needs and the standardisation and certification of qualifications, competencies and skills
- Enhance the potential of Mexico’s reform agenda by creating stronger frameworks that foster quality in education, evaluation and planning
- Science and Innovation
- Development of improved policy frameworks that strongly link industry and academia through R&D and that enable efficient planning and spending of Science and Innovation funds in Mexico
- Support Future Sustainable Cities that highlight changes in frameworks for digitalisation, connectivity, open government, sustainable planning, built environment, big data and energy efficiency
For the above criteria, as well as the Reputation one, projects that showcase the UK as an international partner of choice and world class destination for business, tourism and study, helping to strengthen bilateral ties ahead of the upcoming “Year of the UK in Mexico” and “Year of Mexico in the UK” are particularly encouraged. The deadline to submit concept bids to the Programme Team is January 29th, 2014. Projects that present a co-funding scheme will be prioritised.
Successful bidders with approved concept bids will be asked to submit their full bids via email. These will then be subject to a final evaluation of the Prosperity Fund Programme Board. The results will be announced and successful bidders will be informed to begin project implementation by April 2014.
- Project proposals must contribute directly to the Conditions for Global Growth outlined at the beginning of this document. If there is any doubt, potential bidders can speak with the Programme Team in Mexico to check strategic relevance of the project purpose, before submitting concept bids. To ask for a meeting please write to email@example.com
- The primary beneficiary of the project proposal submitted to the Prosperity Fund must be Mexico (included in the OECD DAC list), in line with DAC criteria.
- Project proposals must be submitted in the Concept Bid (MS Word Document, 50KB) .
- Project ideas must be accompanied by detailed budget proposals submitted in the Activity Based Budget (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 38.5KB) .
- We are looking for practical interventions that will lead to a real and timely difference in decision-making. Proposals focusing purely on research, analysis, seminars or workshops will not be relevant unless they lead to specific and measurable action. Infrastructure projects are not funded by the Prosperity Fund.
- Proposals should outline impact. We want to know what changes the project will achieve in the long term.
- Proposals should demonstrate that the relevant government authorities have been consulted and are supportive or, if they have not, the project proposal should explain how the project has sufficient buy-in from the necessary stakeholders to deliver expected outcomes.
- Proposals should demonstrate that the project will produce sustainable outcomes.
- Project proposals should demonstrate that they will trigger action and gain leverage out of proportion to the funding spent on the project. Experience has shown that an effective way to do this is to work towards high level policy change, on local policy development, supporting implementation of regulatory frameworks, building capacity in a sustainable way, translating evidence or analysis into action plans, and working in partnership with host governments.
- The Prosperity Fund operates in financial years. The 2014/2015 financial year runs from 1 April 2014 through to 31 March 2015. Proposed project’s duration should run through one fiscal year.
- This bidding round will be conditioned by the FCO Prosperity Fund’s final budget allocation for the British Embassy in Mexico. For further information on the Eligibility and Bidding Process, please download the Prosperity Fund Guidance for Mexico (MS Word Document, 122KB) for Mexico.
- Bidding Process
- The bidding process is executed in two stages: concept bid (high level project proposal) and full bid (detailed proposal).
- Only bids approved at the concept bid stage will be considered for Full Bid development.
- Deadline to submit concept bids to the Programme Team is January 29th, 2014.
- Bidding Timetable Call for bids Prosperity Fund Timeline FY 2014-2015:
|December 11th, 2013||Call for concept bids Published|
|December 12th 2013 – January 24th , 2014||Implementers and contacts interested in presenting projects are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with British Embassy’s Programme and Policy teams to discuss proposals. This will allow the Programme Board to give relevant priority to proposals.|
|January 29th 2014||Deadline to submit bids to Programme Team at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|February 11th, 2014||Programme Team notification to implementers announcing results of Concept Bid round, and invitation to send Full Bids for successful bidders|
|March 3rd 2014||Deadline to submit full bids to Programme Team at email@example.com|
|March 24th 2014||Mexico Programme Board meets|
|March 26th 2014||Notification to implementers announcing results of the Full Bidding Round FY 2014-2015|
|April 11st, 2014||Estimated start date for projects|
Contacts The project proposal in the bid form or any questions related to funding opportunities should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org We strongly encourage you to request a copy of our FAQ by email email@example.com to clarify any doubts you might have.
Documents for Downloading
- Prosperity Fund Guidance for Mexico (MS Word Document, 122KB)