Result NORHED seed grants

Norad received 290 applications for seed money. 97 applications are granted support. 

NORHED announced a call for seed funding applications in September, with a deadline of 5 November. The announcement called for applications in all NORHEDs six sub-programme areas. Seed Funds is given to provide an opportunity to develop complete NORHED applications for the main call which has a deadline 15 March 2013. Seed funds must therefore be used for this purpose, and within this deadline.

The three programs Education and training; Health; Natural resource management, climate and environment accounted for 210 applications, whereas the other three programs: Democratic and Economic Governance; Humanities, Culture, Media and Communication; and Capacity Building in South Sudan, accounted for 60 applications. 38 applications were categorized as not eligible.

Assessment Process

All applications have been assessed by the relevant departments in Norad, and also the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The applications have been assessed against the following criteria:

1. Relevance:

  • To needs and priorities at the LMIC partner institution(s)
  • To the result chain and priorities of NORHED
  • To the specific NORHED sub programmes

2. Quality:

  • Design, time frame and content of the seed funding project
  • Realism of plans and budget
  • Partnership arrangements and implementation capacities

In addition, applications have been assessed according to geographic priorities for NORHED.

The relevant embassies have been asked to comment on the applications’ relevance to national strategies, Norwegian priorities in the given country, and experience and assessment of the applicant institution. Finally, NORAD has made a decision based on an overall assessment.

Feedback and agreement

All applicants will receive a written reply, either a grant letter or rejection letter. The grant letter will include the sum awarded for the seed project. The sum granted may be adjusted compared to the budget in the application.

The applicant has the right to submit a complaint. The right to complain is limited to the cases of procedural error. The appeal shall be in writing, and submitted to Norad,, which initially will process the complaint, and forward to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if necessary.