Stichting Wageningen Research (SWR) Ethiopia

         

Innovation Fund 2nd Call for Projects October 1st 2023IntroductionStichting Wageningen Research (SWR) Ethiopia is an international NGO registered in Ethiopia since March 2021 with the FDRE Agency for Civil Society Organizations. The organization is established with the objectives of promoting a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable food systems in Ethiopia. SWR Ethiopia currently implements four projects; Resilient Agriculture for Inclusive and Sustainable Ethiopian Food Systems (RAISE-FS), Ethiopia-Netherlands Seed Partnership (ENSP), REFOOTURE and OTIPAVA projects. Resilient Agriculture for Inclusive and Sustainable Food Systems is a project designed with the goal of creating evidence for practices that contribute to transformation of the food system by addressing leverage points in relation to productivity, enhanced value chain performance and improved human nutrition for improved food security while minimizing the impact on the environment and ensuring social inclusion. Among its interventions is, a component on promoting private sector driven innovation via a grant scheme called the “Innovation Fund” that offers funding. These innovation projects are expected to address hindering challenges in various agricultural sub-sectors in Ethiopia while benefiting farmers, improve food systems and/or enhance export of selected commodities.What is the Innovation Fund?Innovation refers to as a process by which a product or a service is created or renewed and brought up-to-date by applying new processes, introducing new techniques, or establishing successful ideas to create new value. The creation of value is a defining characteristic of an innovation. Offering a completely new product or service usually is an innovation. In addition to this, producing the same product or offering the same service in another region in Ethiopia is not an innovation, but bringing in an existing technology/product/service to Ethiopia form another country is considered as an innovation.The objective of the Innovation Fund is to promote innovations in selected agricultural sub-sectors in Ethiopia to enhance export and benefit farmers, processors, consumers, women and youth as well as food system improvement. The Innovation Fund will focus on innovations at all segments of the value chain (production, processing, and marketing).The Innovation Fund runs from October 2023 to June 2025. It will provide financial and technical support to projects that support the objective of the Fund and meet its criteria. The Innovation Fund is managed by the Resilient Agriculture for Inclusive and Sustainable Ethiopian Food Systems (RAISE-FS). RAISE-FS is implemented by Stitching Wageningen Research Ethiopia and funded by the Dutch Government.What has the Innovation Fund to offer?The maximum amount of grant for Type A project is €50,000 per project while for Type B project it is €25,000 (please refer to section 2 of the Fund Manual for type of project/range of grants). Fund disbursement will be carried out by means of flexible payment plan, based on decision by the Approval Committee and cash flow needs of the project. Different grant payment mechanisms such as direct financing, result based cost reimbursement; voucher and e-payment systems will be introduced depending on the project nature and financial requirement.Actively link applicant companies to other organizations (buyers, cooperatives, NGOs, research institutions, etc.)Inform applicant companies about latest technologies and developments via business platforms, personal meetings and Innovation Opportunity ReportsWhat conditions do Innovation Fund projects have to fulfil?Who can submit projects to the Innovation Fund?How much co-financing is expected from applicant companies or partnerships?How does the Innovation Fund work?Technical and financial capacity of the applicant to implement the intended project might be assessed via a company visit during first stage and second stage assessment. Companies can only re-apply a rejected concept note and proposal once.What are the deadlines for underlying Call for Projects?What are the Selection Criteria for assessing full proposals?: This is the degree to which the proposed project offers innovations to Ethiopia, is feasible for implementation in the Ethiopian context, is demand-driven, and provides input for easy and cost-effective replication at other locations.: Proposed project must show a cost-benefit analysis indicating a roadmap towards profitability in the short to medium term (1-3 years). : The extent to which the applicant and possible partners are capable of undertaking and accomplishing the proposed project.: The relationship between the requested grant and significance/quality of project outcomes, including justification for the need of using public funds to co-finance the project: The criterion assesses to what extent the proposed project is likely to have positive and sustainable impact on export, import substitution, food system improvement, direct and indirect employment opportunity, support to smallholder farmers, women and youth economic empowerment and climate adaptation. Please refer to the fund manual for detailed selection criteriaHow can you submit a concept note for underlying Call for Projects?Please submit signed concept notes, including copy of business license (front & back pages), to innovationfund2022@gmail.com Concept notes that are received after March 24 2024, will not be taken into consideration for underlying Call for Projects.Where can you find the Fund Manual and concept note form?Fund Manual and concept note form are available upon request by sending an email to innovationfund2022@gmail.com or can be downloaded from www.https://raise-fs.org.  Who is your contact person?  If you have any additional questions after reading Call for Projects and Fund Manual, please feel free to contact Mr Shitaye Adugna at innovationfund2022@gmail.com with Cc to helen.getaw.swr@gmail.com and  info.SWREthiopia@gmail.com or on +251 118 360313/+251 985 202766.

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