FAQ: 2020 Call for proposals
Norad gathers the most frequently asked questions here, in order to provide the same response to all potential applicants.
If you cannot find the answer to your question(s) related to the call for proposals here, please send us your question(s) to the following email address: email@example.com. The FAQ will be updated regularly up the deadline for the call for proposals.
Last updated 1 October 2020.
Q: Is there a maximum grant amount for each project?
A: Norad has not defined an upper limit. Most projects supported based on previous calls from proposals have received grants in the range from NOK 500 000 to around NOK 5 million, but it all depends on the project.
Q: Has Norad allocated a specific amount for this call for proposals or decided in advance on how many projects to support?
A: No, this will depend on the quality of the applications.
Q: Can we meet to discuss my project?
A: Norad has limited capacity to meet potential applicants to provide guidance in the application process. Furthermore, we cannot comment on draft applications or discuss the substance of a project in a manner that would distort the competition between applicants. We do our best to answer concrete questions by email and we aim to publish our answers to frequently asked questions on this website.
Q: Which countries are eligible for support and which will be prioritised?
A: This call is open for projects implemented in countries on the list of countries approved for Norwegian development assistance: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestine, Papa Ny-Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, The Philippines, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Applications for projects from Norwegian partner countries for long-term development cooperation will be prioritized. These partner countries are: Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda.
Remaining countries will be scored according to geographic priorities for Norwegian development assistance, which includes an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries.
Q: What should I include in the application?
A: All applicants must use Norad’s standard application form.
Norad supports concrete activities (detailed in the call) that will enable or benefit a larger commercial investment or business establishment (“the main project”). The application should describe both the concrete project activities and the main project that these activities will enable or benefit. Your application must include the documentation and information mentioned in the call. You may include additional information as enclosures/attachments if you consider this will provide for better comprehension and assessment of your application (this is not compulsory).
Q: What do you mean by objectives?
A: Objectives are what the project aims to achieve: We normally refer to three levels of objectives:
- An output is a direct deliverable from an activity. It is within the project’s sphere of control.
- An outcome is an effect on the project’s target group. It is within the project’s sphere of influence.
- Impact is the project’s effect on society. It may be small and difficult to assess, but it shows what the project aims to achieve. It is within the project’s sphere of interest.
Q: What do you mean by results framework?
A: A results framework typically present objectives in a table with indicators, baseline (the current situation) and targets.
Activities can also be included in a results framework. Another term for results framework is logical framework (logframe).
The number of objectives and size of results framework will depend on the complexity of a project. The objectives for a typical project under this grant scheme could be very straightforward, for instance as follows:
- Output: Feasibility study completed.
- Outcome: A given investment made.
- Impact: Improved job-creation in a specific area.
Q: What do you mean by theory of change?
A: A theory of change explains how and why the project is expected to contribute to the desired change. It should include key assumptions. It could be presented as a written narrative or in a diagram, such as a results chain. The complexity of the theory of change should reflect the complexity of the project and the project context. In a typical project under this grant scheme, the description of the theory of change could be very brief and straightforward.