The General Information Document has been substantially revised for the 4th Call. The reshaping mainly concerns the application and selection process for NSPs, aiming at higher eligibility rates at lower cost for applicants handing in outlines while at the same time receiving more ambitious and feasible NSP applications. This shall be achieved by simplified procedures and at the same time increased support in the detailed preparation of NSPs. The following features are “new”:
- Widening the range of Applicants eligible for handing in NSP Outlines to legal entities that fulfil certain capacity requirements. This is achieved by allowing entities that would not necessarily qualify for the implementation of a NSP as applicant for the Outline and detailed preparation phase (DPP).
- NSP Outline template “light”: allowing a consistent presentation of the NSP without dividing it between financial and technical cooperation. The importance of the concept for the NSP’s DPP, formerly appraisal phase, has been increased.
- Clarifying the institutional set-up of the NAMA Facility by eliminating the term “Delivery Organisation” (DO) that has previously caused misunderstandings. There is now a clear divide between the “NFGA” which is mandated to manage financial and contractual aspects of the NAMA Facility and the “NAMA Support Organisation” (NSO) which will be contracted by the “NFGA” to implement a specific NSP. The eligibility of the proposed NSO is not a selection criterion in the initial Outline assessment, but will be assessed in the further preparation of NSPs.
- Enhancing the independence of the NSP Outline assessment process by introducing an external lead assessor responsible for the assessment and recommendations to the Board, while the TSU takes over the role of cross-checking and verifying these assessments.
- Enhanced assessment process of NSP Outlines by adding on-site assessments in addition to the desktop-based assessment. This allows for a better understanding of the ownership of key stakeholders and the NSP’s embeddedness as well as its additionality, the project concept and the applicant. The on-site assessment further serves to refine the concept of the DPP and, if required, formulate conditions.
- Allowing for a more thorough “Detailed Preparation Phase” of up to 18 months on the basis of increased support available but with a clear cut-off deadline. This is to signal that there is sufficient time for a detailed preparation while still expecting a distinct level of readiness.
- Quality assurance through the provision of technical input during the DPP by external experts: the NAMA Facility will establish an expert pool for specific areas such as the design of suitable tailor-made financial mechanisms that can be utilised by the Applicants during the DPP.
- Introduction of a competitive element at the Proposal Phase by limiting the DPP to 18 months but allowing Applicants to hand in Proposals any time before that. The competitive element is thus on “readiness”. NSP Proposals will be evaluated on a point system and a threshold is introduced in order to ensure a sufficient level of quality.