Phases of the RIE funding programme

Phase 1: Identification

In Phase 1, development cooperation projects are identified which are suitable for RIE and especially for the funding programme. Key criteria are:

  • Partial funding of the development cooperation project by the BMZ
  • Possibility of carrying out an RIE (experimental or quasi-experimental)

It is difficult to state in general terms whether and to what extent a development cooperation project is suitable for RIE. This checklist offers the possibility to assess project suitability for RIE. DEval also offers consultation sessions and a guidance tool n this subject.

Those responsible for suitable projects should submit a project description, which serves as the basis for Phase 2 (conception).

Phase 2: Design

DEval conducts matchmaking to connect development cooperation projects with scientific institutions that can rigorously evaluate those projects. The responsible scientists, together with the identified development cooperation projects, then develop RIE research projects. The scientists have the leading role in this process. They are eligible to apply for funding. The project- and country-specific knowledge of the development cooperation projects is however essential for the successful design and implementation of the RIE research projects.

Phase 3: Application

Once the conception of the RIE research projects has been completed, the scientists can submit the funding application, which requires a letter of support from the development organisation implementing the project.

All the information and documents relevant to the application are published here:  Call for Proposal.

Phase 4: Selection process

The funding applications are evaluated by a selection committee, which consists of:

  • BMZ representatives
  • DEval representatives
  • international RIE experts

All applications are examined regarding the research ethics, appropriateness of the requested funds and the handling of potential risks or obstacles. If there are gross deficiencies, the applications need to be revised or the funds can be reduced. If the requirements cannot be adequately met, the application is rejected for funding.

If the requirements are met, applications are evaluated based on three criteria:

  1. Relevance to development policy
  2. Quality of the project
  3. Usefulness and partner orientation

Further information on the selection process will be published here.

Phase 5: Commitment and implementation

After the final selection of research projects, the implementation of the RIE research projects begins. The implementation period is limited to approximately 2.5 years ending in the autumn of 2025.

Phase 6: Analysis

After completion of the RIE, the success of the funding programme will be systematically analysed, including a review of learning experiences gained from implementing it (see learning experiences).

For this purpose, surveys will be conducted with the people involved in the project during the implementation phase.

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