This FAQ will list down answers and clarifications to questions sent by potential proponents for the UNDP OIC 4th Call for Proposals (Call 4).
Organizations with legal identity and operating locally in a coastal least developed country (LDC) or small island developing states (SIDS), classified as any of the following below, are eligible to apply:
Individuals are not eligible.
All eligible entities (private, NGO, etc.) should have an established legal basis in the least developed country/ies (LDC) and/or small island developing states (SIDS) wherein they are based. A proof of business registration will be required upon the online submission of the proposal.
We will only accept proposals from the following countries:
*** These are the eight (8) SIDS that are also LDCs.
Note: SIDS countries listed above exclude Associate Members of United Nations Regional Commissions.
Each proposal will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Please note that proponents must first meet all six (6) eligibility requirements to move forward to the selection and evaluation process.
2.1 Brief Summary of the Proposed Project (10 Points)
Provide a brief summary (500 words max.) of the proposed innovation project including the main objectives, the expected outputs, and how it can impact the progress of the blue economy and SDG 14 target 7. This section must provide answers to the following questions:
2.2. Innovative and Transformational (20 Points)
Provide description of how the proposed innovation will address the specific SDG Target 14.7 on Blue Economy “by 2030, increase the economic benefits to SIDS and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.”
Explain how this innovation is unique, and what makes it different from existing or similar efforts. You should illustrate here the advantages of this innovation compared to others, and how it is potentially game-changing in meeting the SDG 14.7 target on blue economy.
Make sure that this section will include clear answers to the following questions:
2.3 Technically Feasible (10 Points)
Is the project feasible technically and otherwise (financially, etc.)? Describe the technical approach to be used, the key components required to implement/produce this innovation, and how the proposed innovation will be implemented within the maximum of 6 months. Has this proposed innovation been tested before? At which stage is it (Design stage / Prototyping and testing / Early implementation / Ready for replication and scaling up)?
2.4 Replicable/Scalable (10 Points)
Is the proposed project easily replicable and scalable? Describe how this can be replicated and scaled-up after this pilot, if supported.
2.5 Potential for poverty reduction, livelihood creation (10 Points)
Describe the social and economic development benefits of this innovation. Please specifically refer to how this can reduce poverty, create and secure jobs or livelihoods, to include potential economic benefits for impacted stakeholders and marginalized communities.Will this pilot contribute to poverty reduction, and/or livelihoods creation? How does this make life better for those who depend on healthy ocean ecosystems for their livelihoods, and poverty reduction such as food security, through blue economy approaches, etc.?
2.6 Potential for Gender mainstreaming and youth empowerment (10 Points)
Describe how this innovation will support gender mainstreaming to include positive impacts on women and girls, and engage and empower the youth within the targeted beneficiaries. Describe the targeted women and/or youth beneficiaries, and how the innovation project can be beneficial to them. Describe how both men and women stakeholders who depend on healthy ocean ecosystems for their livelihoods, food security, and youth, will benefit from this blue economy approach. How will you measure the impact of your innovation to these beneficiaries?
2.7 Outputs and Work Plan (10 Points)
Does this project align with the outputs that are described in the project summary and the technical design approach? Are the steps in logical sequence to achieve the outputs? Is the timeframe reasonable to complete each step? Is the overall time frame within the six-month limit set for implementation?
2.8 Pilot Project Organizational structure and team expertise and experience (10 Points)
Does the organization structure fit the work to be done for this innovation, outlined in sections 1, 2, and 6 above? Does the proponent and proposed team members and partners have the foundational expertise and experience required to implement the project? What are the qualifications needed and who are in the proponent’s team?
2.9 Social and Environmental Impact Review (5 Points)
Based on the project descriptions and the expected outputs and activities, are there any potential social and/or environmental risks? Are these risks identified in this completed survey table that was attached to the proposal application forms?
2.10 Risk register and mitigation of impacts (5 Points)
Based on project description and the proponent existing technical capacity, are the foreseeable risks identified that can potentially hinder and impact the implementation of the proposed innovation? Has the proponent raised these and presented risk mitigation steps in the submitted proposal?
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Applicant must get a total score in the technical and operational evaluation of 70% or more at this stage to be eligible for the Value for the Money Assessment. Any proposals that will not reach the threshold of 70% of the total score will be considered disqualified technically and will not move to the next stage of evaluation.
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3. Value for The Money Assessment to the proposed Itemized budget (10 Points)
The evaluation panel will review the itemized budget for all proposals that passed the technical and operation evaluation threshold (70% of the total technical score) to make sure all costs and rates are reasonable compared to the market prices and the UNDP norms. The panel with review and assess the itemized budget to answer the following questions:
The proponent must get at least 7 points or more in Value For the Money assessment to be considered for the final award of the contract.
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For all proposals scoring 70 points or higher for technical evaluation, and 7 Points or higher for value-for-money assessment, based on available budget, preference will be given to proposals from SIDS countries that are also LDCs, with an additional 10 points. All proposals that will pass the technical evaluation and the Value For the Money evaluation thresholds will be ranked based on the total score for both technical and VFM and contracts will be awarded to the highest ranked proposals that will fit the allocated budget for this call (400,000 USD in total).
The online application requests information on co-financing but this is not mandatory. Indicate the amount, if available, or NONE if not applicable. Proponents are not required to bring additional co-financing. However, having a co-financing by the proponent will be an asset when evaluating the proposals.
The proposals for UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge Call for Proposals must relate to the announced theme for the ongoing call, which will be one or more of the indicators for SDG 14. The theme for the ongoing 4th Call is SDG 14 target: by 2030 increase the economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.
The deadline for online submission is 28 August 2023, 23:59 Central European Summer Time.
The call for proposals is a competitive process, and due to a large number of applicants and procurement processes and rules, this is not possible.
For the Call 4, the answer is no. We will only accept one proposal per organization.
You may edit and modify your online proposal form up until the 28 August 2023 deadline. After that date, all applications will be considered final and the online form will no longer be editable.
To edit your online proposal, use the link provided in the submission confirmation email.
UNDP anticipates the announcement of its Call 4 Ocean Innovators by the end of the fourth quarter of 2023. Please note that only shortlisted proponents will be contacted. Those who submitted proposals will receive general updates regarding key selection stages.
Eligible items include project staff costs, consultant fees, travel, equipment, communications, publications/other media, meetings, training, audits. All payments are made on deliverables, not in advance.
Overhead costs, such as those associated with academic research, are not eligible for OIC support.
The UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge is a deliverable-based contract and therefore requires satisfactory completion of deliverables, submitted and approved to effect payment to innovators. These deliverables are the reports that will enable the OIC Management to follow up the progress in implementing the innovation, and to assess the overall status of the project. In many cases, the reports are baseline or progress reports, in preparation for the final report or final output. In others, these are reports on trainings, or workshops, or analyses conducted. The reporting requirements and deliverables depend on the proposed project outputs and workplan of each innovator.
Innovators will also share monthly progress notes, which briefly outline (in bullet points) the monthly accomplishments, the anticipated activities for the coming month, challenges encountered and proposed solutions. This monthly note should not exceed two pages maximum.
At the end of the project, a final report will also be required to summarize the innovation project, emphasizing the main output/outcomes, impacts, replicability and sustainability plans.
Yes, solutions from outside the local country can be brought in through the innovation project. "Innovation" can include both truly new approaches, or the transfer or adaptation of existing proven approaches to new contexts and/or locales.
However, please note that the innovator must have an established legal basis in the least developed country/ies (LDC) and/or small island developing states (SIDS) wherein they are based, and where they will implement.
Please also note that bringing solutions from outside the local country must take into consideration the possible impacts of these proposed solutions on the existing local socio-economic and environmental conditions.
Yes, applications from Cook Islands, and Niue are eligible for the UNDP 4th Ocean Innovation Challenge Accelerated Blue Economy Edition.
Due to internal procurement rules, in the eligibility section of the online form (Online proposal submission form), please indicate your beneficiary country and/or organization country location as ‘SAMOA’, as this is the UNDP Multi-Country Office that provides support to Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau. And in the Proposal Section of the form, please clarify your beneficiary country as Cook Islands, or Niue.
The character limits in the online form include spaces, line breaks and punctuations.
You may contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any problems or questions.
Thank you for your interest in applying for the 4th UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge.
Proponents who did not receive any email confirmation or feedback regarding their application are either ineligible for this call or were not able to meet the application requirements. Kindly note that we will not be able to reply to individual inquiries regarding the status of your application.