Call for Proposals: Scaling up renewable energy technologies in agriculture

About the Organization:

International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) goal is to empower poor rural women and men in developing countries to improve their incomes and food security. To do this, IFAD works with national and local governments, farmer’s and civil society organisations, and the private sector  focusing on country-specific solutions for increasing poor rural people’s access to financial services, markets, technology, land, water and other natural resources.


The purpose of the present call for proposals is to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement the project: “Scaling up Renewable Energy Technologies in Agriculture”. Financing has already been approved for this project based on a concept note developed by IFAD under the Strategic Guidance for IFAD Grants 2019-2021, Priority Area  ‘Climate change, resilience and environmental sustainability – Strengthening the resilience of rural population to climate change and improve their skills for sustainable management of natural resources’. The Priority Area is aligned to relevant IFAD11 commitments.

Interested potential recipients or consortium of recipients, are invited to bid and to develop a proposal (large grant document) based on the background and guidance detailed in these guidelines. The proposal should be submitted to IFAD no later than March 09, 2020 providing all the information requested in appendices A to B.

The goal of IFAD grants is to significantly broaden and add value to the support provided to smallholder farming and rural transformation, thereby contributing to rural poverty eradication, sustainable agricultural development, and global food security and nutrition. Projects/programmes implemented through grant financing should make a significant contribution to a global, regional or national public good related to IFAD’s mandate and focus on interventions where grant financing has clear added value and a comparative advantage over other IFAD supported instruments. Rural poor people and their organizations should be squarely positioned at the centre of each grant submission.

The objectives of IFAD grant financing are to:

  • Promote innovative, pro-poor approaches and technologies with the potential to be scaled up for greater impact
  • Strengthen partners’ institutional and policy capacities
  • Enhance advocacy and policy engagement
  • Generate and share knowledge for development impact

Funding and Duration:

  • The approved grant will be awarded to the organization, or a lead organisation (in case of a consortium), which has been selected as grant recipient. The IFAD grant amount is up to USD 2,000,000. Co-financing (in-cash and/or in-kind)  of the IFAD grant-financing amount provided by the applicant and any additional co-financing is part of the selection criteria. While no upper limit is set, the applicant must ensure a minimum counterpart contribution between USD 500,000 and USD 2,000,000.
  • The programme’s duration will be of 3 years starting after the approval by the Executive Board, expected by September 2020.


  • With this open call, IFAD is inviting interested institutions to submit a proposal. Each institution can decide to submit alone or jointly as a consortium with other partner(s); in that case, the lead institution – who will enter into a legal agreement with IFAD – should be clearly identified and roles and responsibilities of the other partners be explicitly stated within the submitted proposal.
  • The recipient can be an inter-governmental organization (including UN agencies and CGIAR centres), a civil society organization (including NGOs ), an academic/research institution or a private sector entity. In case of a consortium, an organization can join more than one consortium but can be leading only in one of them. The recipient must demonstrate a strong focus, experience and expertise on RETs and climate change issues.
  • As evidence of sufficient experience, the grant recipient should have managed or been involved in the implementation of at least one project implementing RETs in agriculture in at least two countries of the LAC region, involving multiple stakeholders (Government, NGOs, farmers etc.). Additionally, the grant recipient or a member of their consortium should have at least five years’ experience in RETs related research.

The selected organization or consortium must have:

  • Strong technical experience in RETs applied in the agricultural sector.
  • Proven experience developing micro financing schemes.
  • Proven experience mobilizing additional resources and/or the capacity to provide its own resources.
  • Presence and experience in the LAC region.
  • Proven experience analysing best practices and developing case studies and trainings.
  • Be open to possible cooperation with partner institutions in the region.

Eligible Expenditures:

Eligible Expenditures are expenditures eligible to be financed under the Grant Agreement. Such expenditures must satisfy all of the following requirements. They must:

  • Meet the reasonable cost of goods, works or services required for the Project;
  • Be incurred in accordance with the approved Project Budget;
  • Be procured in accordance with the Recipient’s Procurement Procedures;
  • Be incurred within the Project Implementation Period;
  • Be supported by adequate documentation;
  • Be verifiable by the Fund;
  • They must not involve a payment that is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council or any other policy of the Fund.

How to submit a proposal:

In order to submit your proposal, please review the letter of invitation. Your submission in pdf format will include:

Project proposal submitted using the grant Design Document template (with annexes), not exceeding 20 pages

  • A detailed budget according to the template provided.
  • Applicants’ self-certification of eligibility for IFAD grant financing, duly filled in.
  • Applicants’ self-assessment financial management questionnaire (FMAQ) duly filled in.
  • A brief institutional profile, detailing experience in the priority area and specific theme outlines in the Grant Concept Note, and in the region/country(ies) where the grant would be implemented.

Eligible organizations are invited to submit proposals and confirm their participation to Ana Elena Ventura,, with copy to Oliver Page,, Rene Castro Cordero,, and Maria Elena Mangiafico,

Deadline: The deadline for submitting your application is 30 March 2020, at 15:00 CET. Proposals submitted after this deadline will be considered ineligible.

Requests for clarifications related to the bidding process can be sent up until the 23 March 2020 at 15:00 CET at the e-mail addresses indicated above. IFAD will not address requests for clarifications received after this deadline.

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Name of the Organisation
International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD)
Grant Amount
USD 20,00,000
Closing date of Proposal
Monday, 30 March, 2020
RFP Email
Ana Elena Ventura,
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