INNOVATION CHALLENGE

Challenge for proposing innovative and cost-effective ideas for reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emission created by public services and facilities, while simultaneously providing social, economic and environmental benefits for the community and its citizens!

If you wish to help your local community to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emission created by public services and facilities, while simultaneously providing social, economic and environmental benefits for your community and its citizens, then the following challenge is the right one for you.

INTERACTIVE TIMELINE

IDEATION
phase
/CALL FOR
IDEAS
Call for
INDIVIDUALS
CONCEPTUALIZATION
phase/ Call for
Advanced
Project Concepts
CO-FINANCING
grant call
MONITORING and
EVALUATION/
additional CALL
FOR IDEAS
EVALUATION phase
and AWARDING
best ideas
PITCHING
events
IMPLEMENTATION
Final
AWARDS

Application process:

Review eligibility and evaluation criteria

Download the application form

Complete the application online

Submit

REGISTRATION

*multiple files ZIP (compress) in a single file up to 15MB in size

Eligible applicants are:

  •  Local self – government
  • Public utility company
  • Commercial organization/businesses (Ltd, entrepreneurs)
  • Civil society organizations
  • Research institutions
  • Individuals.

* Separate call for individuals will be open on 15 December 2017.

All applicants have to be registered in Serbia, according to national legislation, and individuals have to have Serbian citizenship.

  • Applicants can apply independently or in Consortia. If applying in Consortia, the Lead Applicant has to be clearly identified, to represent the Consortia and serve as main point of contact throughout application process. Lead applicant will also be main recipient of the funds vis-à-vis CSUD project resources.
  • Applying in Consortia comprised of at least two applicants, one of which is local self-government either as lead applicant or sole beneficiary, will be considered as an asset.
    • What is Climate Smart Urban Development Innovation Challenge?

Climate Smart Urban Development (CSUD) Innovation Challenge is a call for proposing a community driven, innovative and cost-effective ideas for reduction of GHG emission created by municipal services and facilities, while simultaneously providing social, economic and environmental benefits for the community and its citizens.

    • What are sectors proposed for CSUD Innovation Challenge?

Project idea has to relate to sectors that can contribute to GHG emission reduction, such as: energy, transport, industrial processes, agriculture, waste management.

    • I already have project concept. Do I have to apply for Ideation phase?

Applicants that already have developed project concept, as a more mature idea, do not have to apply for Ideation phase, but for the Call for concepts that will be open on March 1, 2018. Please take into consideration evaluation criteria and requirements. Moreover, these applicants will not receive Innovation award after evaluation, but will join best project applicants from Ideation phase and will get technical support through Incubator.

    • Which methodology should I use to calculate expected GHG emission reduction?

Applicants can use Tier 1 method, 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

    • Are there limitations on what the innovation awards may be used for by the winning applicants?

We recommend to applicants to use innovation award for the costs of eligible hardware, consultancy, maintenance and improving of the data management systems. Innovation award should not be used to pay for un-related administrative and overhead expenses, or to compensate existing employees.

    • What language does Application form need to be in?

The official language of the competition is Serbian. However, a short Project description has to be in English. If project idea passes technical evaluation, applicant(s) will be asked to submit application form in English.

    • How do I submit my Application form?

Application form will be send through the website www.inovacije.klimatskepromene.rs. Please remember to send all the submitted documents in the PDF or JPG version only.

    • Who do I contact if I need help?

You can send us an email to inovativnaresenja@klimatskepromene.rs.

EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR PROJECT IDEAS
CriteriaMaximum scoreDescription
The Challenge10

To which extent the proposed project address the challenge?

(incl. an assessment of the foreseen impact vis a vis the overall GHG emissions of the targeted municipality/community)

Innovation30

How is proposal innovative (what is the novelty value of the proposed solution in Serbia)? Is the concept, technology or approach clearly described?

  • Testability within the challenge program duration will also be evaluated.
Management10Do applicants have the relevant skills, expertise, experience and resources to implement the project successfully within the timeframe? What is the project plan to deliver the project?
Impact40

What is expected GHG emission reduction and the average GHG reduction costs by the proposed pilot project?

What is the cost-efficiency of the proposed solution (considering both, the GHG reduction and the complementary economic, financial, social and environmental benefits)?

How the proposed solution addresses priorities at the national and local level? In which way the proposed solution addresses the challenge themes and how does it prioritize impact on youth, women and/or marginalized groups?

Project Budget10

Are the project costs realistic? Describing how the costs are planned against the proposed activities and goals. How will the budget be spent to ensure the best value for money?

Eventual co-financing commitments already provided to test the solution will be additionally scored.

Total100 
EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR ADVANCE PROJECT PROPOSALS
CriteriaMaximum scoreDescription
The Challenge10

To which extent the proposed project address the challenge?

(for example, projections of impact vis a vis the overall GHG emissions of the targeted municipality/community);

Project documentation20

The availability/level of development of the documentation: pre-feasibility study/feasibility study, property rights, technical studies and documentation according to the national legislation necessary for location permits, business plan including, if relevant, technical specification of the proposed solution (demonstration prototype, a demo version of software etc.).

General documentation describing and supporting the technology or approach to the given solution.

Project management10

Do applicants have the relevant skills, expertise, experience and resources to implement the project successfully within the timeframe?

Description of the Project implementation plan to ensure delivery of the results, indicating roles and responsibilities of each partner.?

Impact40

How is proposal innovative (what is the novelty value of the proposed solution in Serbia)?

What is the expected GHG emission reduction potential, including the average GHG reduction costs, of the proposed project?

Clearly defined social, economic and environmental benefits for local development and in particular, benefits for vulnerable groups (women, youth, marginalized groups) clearly defined. 

Project Budget20

Are the proposed costs realistic? How will the budget be spent to ensure the best value for money? Financial plan including detailed budget against the proposed activities and goals.

Evidence that guaranty the financing and co-financing, such as contracts with banks and other donors/financiers, own resources of applicants, etc.;

Total100 
EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR FINAL AWARDING
CriteriaMaximum scoreDescription
The Challenge / Innovation15

To which extent the project managed to successfully deliver results and address the Innovation Challenge?

Monitoring and evaluation reports.

Partnership10

The number and level of partnerships established and benefits generated;

New and emerging partnership opportunities as result of the project activities.

Impact35

Calculation of direct and indirect mitigation potential with justification (GHG emission reduction);

The degree to which implemented project contributed to the specific national/local sectoral and development plans and strategies;

Involvement of the local community as beneficiaries and key stakeholders, including vulnerable groups (women, young, marginalized groups);

Qualitative and quantitative co-benefits of the project – including environmental, economic and social benefits for the given community.

Monitoring and reporting20

Monitoring and Evaluation reports confirming the archived results against the initial goals.

Sustainability20

Monitoring and reporting data sets established for the future operations and compliance with legal and policy requirements.

The basis for project upscaling created.

Replicability potential.

Total100