Call for Proposals – RIE funding programme

On this page, you will find the complete tender documents, which are expected to be available as of 1 September 2022. Until then, the information below provides an overview.


Funding information

Eligible interventions

  • RIE with experimental or quasi-experimental design.
  • The object of RIEs must be interventions of German development cooperation that are at least partially funded by BMZ.

Target group and disciplines

  • Scientists at German universities and public research institutions of all disciplines who have completed a scientific education. A declaration of support from a project-implementing development cooperation organisation is required.

Eligible applicants

  • German state and state-recognised universities, university hospitals and non-university research institutions recognised as non-profit organisations conducting their own research and located in Germany.

Forwarding of the funding

  • It is possible for the funded German institution to forward part of the grant.

Eligible expenses

  • Personnel and non-monetary resources.

Type of funding

  • Shortfall financing.

Funding period

  • The earliest possible start date of the funded RIE research projects is 1 March 2023. The duration of a funded RIE is a maximum of 2.5 years, ending no later than 30 September 2025.

Grant amount

  • The maximum amount of the grant is approximately 365,000 euros divided across the budget years. In the grant period, a grant can be divided over the budget years as follows:

    2023: up to 110,000 euros
    2024: up to 144,000 euros
    2025: up to 113,000 euros

    Higher grants are possible in justified exceptional cases but must be checked for availability of funds and approval.

Deadline for applications

  • The deadline for applications by scientific institutions and universities for the RIE research concept is 30 November 2022. A letter of support from the development cooperation organisation must be attached to the concept.


The funding application must be submitted by the deadline and include:

  • RIE research concept
  • Financing plan
  • In the case of forwarding, project description and financing plan of the forwarding recipient(s)
  • Letter of support or signed cooperation agreement(s) between the participating German university and the development cooperation organisation
  • Endorsement of the university management

Selection procedure

DEval allocates funding based on a selection committee’s evaluation of the applications. The committee consists of:

  • International RIE experts
  • BMZ staff members
  • DEval staff members

Selection criteria

1. Basic criteria

  • Research ethics.
  • Is the principle of “do no harm” considered to the best possible extent?
  • Are human rights principles implemented in the research process?
  • Are research ethics and evaluation standards adhered to?
  • Appropriateness of funds requested and, if necessary, reduction of funds by the selection committee.
  • Proposal convincingly addresses any logistical or political obstacles and risks that could jeopardise completion of the RIE research project (e.g. implementation capacity or government approval).

2. Evaluation criteria

The selection committee will evaluate and select funded RIE based on three categories. Applications with the overall highest scores will be funded.

1. Development policy relevance

To what extent does the RIE research project address a developmentally relevant issue?

  • Considering the German development cooperation portfolio
  • The German development policy strategy
  • For the partner country

2. Quality of the project

Scientific quality and relevance:

  • Does the RIE address a scientifically relevant issue?
  • Are the proposed methods implementable and rigorous?
  • Is the proposed RIE research project likely to make a significant contribution to addressing technical or methodological knowledge gaps?

Feasibility and efficiency:

  • Is the design of the RIE research project realistic?
  • How is the economic efficiency of the RIE research project to be assessed?

The team’s qualifications:

  • Does the team have the appropriate technical, methodological and regional expertise?

3. Usefulness and partner orientation

Utilisation perspective:

  • Do thoughtful and realistic plans exist for how the findings will be useful to the evaluated development cooperation project, the implementing organisation, the project partners and to development cooperation as a whole?

Partner engagement:

  • Are scientific partners from the Global South involved in the project and in what way?
  • Can positive effects be expected regarding evaluation capacity development (ECD)?
  • How are the ECD project partners involved in the evaluation?


  • The grading scale ranges from 0 (criterion not met at all) to 10 points (criterion fully met).
  • Proposals that receive an average score of 3.0 or less in any category or receive an average of less than 5.0 points as an overall score will be eliminated from the process.
  • In the case of equivalent proposals, the selection committee may give preference to proposals that contribute to a more diverse distribution of supporting organisations, scientific institutions or topics across the funding programme.


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