Darwin Initiative: applying for main project funding

Darwin Initiative: information on how to apply for main project funding.

How to apply

You will need to apply online for Round 27 Darwin Initiative main projects through the Flexigrant application portal.

Before applying, please read the following guidance:

Once you have read the guidance, complete the Darwin Initiative round 27 - stage 1 application form on the Flexigrant application portal. For drafting purposes, you may find the Darwin Initiative round 27 - stage 1 application form (MS Word Document, 308KB) useful.

If you are invited to Stage 2, you will be asked to complete the stage 2 application form on the Flexigrant portal. For drafting purposes, you may find the Darwin Initiative round 27 – stage 2 application form (MS Word Document, 397KB) useful.

When to apply

There is a two-stage application process for main round Darwin projects. The timetable for Round 27 is set out below:

  • call for Stage 1 applications: 14 July 2020
  • deadline for Stage 1 applications: 1 September 2020
  • expected outcome of Stage 1 and notification of applicants invited to Stage 2: by late November/early December 2020
  • deadline for Stage 2 applications (by invitation only): 9 February 2021
  • expected notification of successful projects: end of May 2021
  • expected start date for successful projects: from July 2021

Who can apply

Please refer to the guidance for the list of countries eligible for the scheme. Organisations making the application must:

  • have experience of managing similar projects in developing countries
  • be able to demonstrate financial stability and provide audited accounts

The proposed project leader must have suitable qualifications or a minimum of around 10 years’ experience working on similar projects in developing countries.

Level of funding

Darwin projects should be a minimum of £50,000 and no more than £500,000. Further information on the size of Darwin Projects can be found in the Round 27 guidance notes for applicants (PDF, 716KB, 54 pages).

Case study

Before completing the application form, you might like to take a look at a case study showing an example of a successful main project.

Published 22 May 2014
Last updated 14 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include guidance for Round 27.

  2. Updated to include the Round 26 application forms and guidance as the application round is now open.

  3. Updated the guidance under the 'How to apply' heading to make it clear applications need to be submitted through the Flexigrant application portal.

  4. Information about how to apply for Darwin Initiative main project funding round 25.

  5. Darwin Stage 2 application form [to be completed by invitation only] updated.

  6. Information on how to apply for Darwin plus main project funding round 24.

  7. Updated the stage 2 budget form.

  8. Clarification of Stage 1 closing date as Wednesday 10 August 2016 and updated Stage 1 and Stage 2 application forms attached to reflect the correct closing dates.

  9. To clarify a discrepancy between the timetable and the guidance regarding the deadline for submission of Stage 1 applications. Should be 12 August (as per the guidance) not 10 August as previously stated in the timetable on the GOV.UK page which has now been amended.

  10. Alerting the public that Round 23 is now open inviting Stage 1 applications for Darwin Initiative main projects.

  11. Updating the website to confirm that Round 22 is now closed and Round 23 will be launched in Summer 2016 and announcing that a recruitment exercise for new members of the Darwin Expert Committee is now open.

  12. Confirming when applicants will be notified of the outcome of Stage 1 applications.

  13. Darwin Initiative - Round 22 now open for main round project applications only. Other Darwin Initiative schemes (post projects, scoping projects and Darwin Fellowship awards) will be launched later this year.

  14. The application period for Stage 1 applications in 2014 for Darwin main round projects is now closed.

  15. updated guidance notes

  16. First published.