The General Information Document (GID) has undergone a slight revision in anticipation of the 5th Call. These revisions have sought to further clarify the NSP application and selection process, thereby increasing the accessibility of NAMA Facility funding. The following changes have been introduced since the 4th Call:
- The eligible range of funding volume that can be requested from the NAMA Facility for NSP implementation (i.e. EUR 5-20 million) is now a guiding eligibility criterion. In exceptional cases, the requested volume may deviate from the original range, but this deviation should be clearly explained in the Outline. With this softening of the eligibility criterion, the NAMA Facility seeks to provide an even stronger tailor-made funding offer for countries, recognizing that in certain cases, countries might need less or slightly more support than the original range for the implementation of their NAMA.
- The provision of funding support for the DPP is now incrementally linked to the satisfactory achievement of crucial DPP milestones. This is to signal that the NAMA Facility expects a high level of readiness for and the delivery of results during the DPP to ensure the most efficient use of resources.
- The new term “Applicant Support Partner” has been introduced and replaces the term “Co-applicant”. The previous term had caused some misunderstanding during the Outline submission process. The role and function of the Applicant Support Partner remains the same as before: If a national ministry submits the NSP Outline, a legal entity complying with the capacity criteria as stipulated in 5.1.1 of the GID should be identified as the Applicant Support Partner for the contracting of the DPP.
- During the evaluation of the Outline Assessment Criteria for proposed NSPs, weighted grading will be shifted away from the DPP concept proposal (Annex 4 of the Outline) and instead focused more heavily on the ambition and feasibility criteria.
- The role of communication and knowledge management is further strengthened, as NSPs are expected to take a proactive approach to learning and are now explicitly requested to allocate sufficient resources and capacities to such activities.