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Call for Projects Proposals

The call for bids for projects on education and innovation is now open.

1. Priority areas for projects

a. Education

We are looking for projects that support the development and implementation of public policies towards the improvement of educational and pedagogical system, the provision of education services (including data management, monitoring and evaluation systems, amongst other areas) and pedagogical practices.

Projects can include activities like:

• Analysis of existing policies and practices (technical and policy) and formulation of strategies for its development;

• Capacity building programmes;

• Secondments and mentoring

b. Innovation

We are looking for projects that promote the economic development of Peru through research and innovation capacity building, foster opportunities for wider collaboration and trade with the UK and strengthen bilateral relations through:

• Analysis of existing innovation capacity (technical and policy) and formulation of strategies for its development;

• Secondments to UK of public officials and staff from research institutions working on innovation policy, or vice versa;

• Joint innovation projects;

• Wider activities to strengthen links on innovation, for example holding symposia, workshops, seminars, meetings;

2. General requirements

• Typical projects should range in value from £50,000 to £150,000 and should aim at working with organisations from the government (both national and sub-national), civil societies, international organisations and the private sector.

• All expenditures must qualify as ODA. Official Development Assistance (ODA) is a term created by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to measure aid. ODA should be undertaken by the official sector (official agencies, including state and local governments, or their executive agencies) and has promotion of economic development and welfare as the main objective.

• Projects bids can be submitted by any UK or Peruvian based organisation: government agency, civil society organisations, private companies (provided the project main objectives are not for profit).

• The Embassy is looking for practical and high-impact interventions that will lead to a real and timely difference to decision making. Proposals must clearly be a catalyst to transformational changes in public policy and practice in Peru behaviour in global fora.

• The funding aims for flexible, strategic approach which encourages the sharing of best practice and promoting the replication of projects where appropriate.

• All bids will be expected to try to establish some form of link to the UK. Preference will be given to bids which have thought about how a link to the UK - either a British organisation(s), individuals, companies or academic institutions/representatives in the UK, in Peru or visiting Peru from the UK.

• Impact of the projects will be measured through: a. Sustainability; b. ODA-eligible; and c. Link to the UK.

• Please note that all projects must be completed by 31 March 2016.

3. How to bid

• The bidding process is in two stages: a concept bid and full bid stage.

• Concept bids should be submitted with a clear evidence of support from Host Government/Panamanian institution, supporting letter, and evidence of cash, or in-kind support. Peruvian institutions should show a clear link with a British institution.

• Only bids approved through the concept stage will be considered for full bids. Implementers will be advised if a concept bid has been accepted and called to present a full bid.

• Concept project ideas must be submitted in English in the Concept Bid Form, accompanied by an Activity Based Budget proposal (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 23.4KB)

• There’s a cap for covering administrative costs of 10% of the total budget. Administrative costs include expenses related to programme/projects managers, coordinators, assistants; office materials, phone, etc.

• Activities can take place in Peru and/or in the UK.

• The Fund operates in financial years. The 2015/2016 financial year runs from 1 April 2015 through to 31 March 2016. Programme/projects should take place between August 2015 and March 2016.

• Deadline to submit Concept projects bids is Wednesday 22 July 2016 via email to

• The results will be announced and successful bidder will be informed to begin implementation by mid August 2015.

• For more information, please write to

More information and documents

• The FCO will sign a standard grant contract with all successful bidders. The terms of the contract and standard grant agreement are not negotiable. The Grant Contract form and other documents can be found here: Grant Contract Short Form (MS Word Document, 165KB) and Services and Goods Contract (MS Word Document, 277KB).

• Please read all guidance and ensure that project proposals are designed and submitted in accordance with it. Proposals that do not meet the criteria and guidance will be rejected. The following documents are:

a) Concept bid form (MS Word Document, 116KB)

b) Guidance to prepare an Activity Based Budget (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 23.3KB)