The 2023 edition is open!
The application form can now be downloaded
Calendar of the 2023 edition
Participate in the first edition of the year by submitting your form before 30 April 2023.
Need a little more time? You can submit your application form for the second edition of the year. You have until 31 October 2023.
Successful candidates from the first edition will be notified early July and will have until 31 October 2023 to submit their detailed proposal. The final selection will take place at the end of 2023.
Successful candidates from the second edition will be notified in January 2024 and will have until 30 April 2024 to submit their detailed proposal.
THE CALL FOR PROJECTS
Submit your project
The selection process is based on a two-stage call for projects:
- pre-selection through the downloadable application form;
- for the applications selected after the pre-selection, submission of a complete file in the form of a business plan.
Any type of private company domiciled in Luxembourg or in a country of the European Union may, individually or in the form of a consortium, participate in this call for projects provided that it meets the minimum administrative eligibility requirements.
Different types of partnership can be established within the BPF. However, the initiative for the partnership lies with the Luxembourg/European private sector representatives wishing to join the facility. While the initiative may come from a developing country actor, in this case it is essential that contacts are established with potential partners in Europe and it will be up to these European partners to submit a proposal.
In the first part of the form, the project leader briefly describes their company and their activity as well as their experience in developing countries. They must also describe their commitments and approaches to responsible conduct, such as their environmental, social and/or good governance commitments, or the existence of internal codes, or recognised certification (ISO 14000 or other).
Regarding human rights, the principle is that the lead partner "should avoid undermining the human rights of others and address negative human rights impacts in which they have a stake". A formal commitment to respect the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is thus considered an advantage.
In the second part of the form, the project leader writes a concept note presenting the project and the proposed partners. The concept note must be presented in such a way that the project responds to an existing problem in the country of implementation and/or contributes to the achievement of one or several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Successful applicants in the first stage have approximately three months to submit a complete business plan in which a more detailed presentation of the project is expected, including a value proposition. The dossier must also include an implementation plan with a results matrix, a financial plan and supporting documents.
Luxembourg companies that are interested can be supported by Luxinnovation for the preparation of their detailed proposal.
Following the selection of the detailed proposals, a co-financing agreement is concluded with the selected project promoters.
The selection criteria
The support provided by the BPF should contribute to the achievement of the SDGs through green and inclusive growth, job creation and technology transfer.
The following parameters are also relevant for the final selection of projects:
- the innovative nature of the project;
- the economic viability of the project;
- the proposed partnership with the local partner, including the formal common interest between the partners and mutual accountability;
- the expected results and associated indicators;
- the potential for job creation, especially for women and young people;
- positive impact on the environment ;
- additionality of co-financing by the BPF Facility;
- neutrality (not creating market distortions);
- the demonstration effect and replicability;
- compliance with social, environmental and fiscal standards;
- the formal commitment to human rights.
Download the application form, which is available in French or English and can be filled in either in French or English.
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