The Fund for Bilateral Relations at Programme Level was established
A) to find partners for projects implemented in partnership with institutions from donor states for the period over which draft projects are prepared and these partnerships are developed during the preparatory period – “A” measure;
B) to establish and foster cooperation, and to exchange, pool and transfer knowledge, technology, experience and best practices between grant beneficiaries (project researchers) and entities in donor states during project implementation – “B” measure.
Allocation under the Regulation: at least 1.5% of all eligible programme expenditure, indicative distribution between “A” and “B”
100% eligible expenditure – national co-financing not required
“A” measure is used to find partners within the scope of projects in partnership with donors prior to (or during) project drafting or the development of such partnerships and preparations for the drafting of projects in partnership with donors.
Each programme draft describes the form of BFA implementation – essentially there may be two (or there may be combinations of those indicated below):
b) Activities carried out directly by an intermediary body of the Fund (a Programme Partner):
• contact seminars, conferences, workshops, working meetings, bilateral meetings, group presentations
b) Open call for grant applications:
study and work trips, bilateral working meetings with exchanges of information, with the organisation of close cooperation or specific joint activities
participation, alone or collectively, in international events in order to establish and build on contacts
data collection, the production of studies and overviews to deepen the level of knowledge on the bilateral dimensional of cooperation between entities in the Czech Republic and in donor states
participation in contact seminars, conferences and workshops in order to establish and build on contacts, or the organisation of such events
the preparation of an application and the related documentation in cooperation with a donor-country entity
All information for grant applicants under the aforementioned Open Call for Grant Applications is included in the Grant Applicant and Beneficiary Guidelines, which set out the conditions and procedures for the award of grants from the Fund in an open call. The Guidelines will be drawn up by the Programme Partner (if the Programme also includes an Open Call for Grant Applications).
“B” measure is used to establish and foster cooperation, and to exchange, pool and transfer knowledge, technology, experience and best practices between grant beneficiaries (project researchers) and entities in donor countries during the implementation of approved projects.
Contributions from the Fund will be provided only in connection with initiatives for projects approved under the given Programme (and/or small grant scheme) as a supplementary source of funding intended exclusively to forge stronger bilateral relations. The Fund is designed to finance targeted one-off or short-term supplementary initiatives in projects approved under a Programme and/or a small grant scheme. The Fund for Bilateral Cooperation is not intended to finance planned project initiatives (i.e. initiatives which are part of a planned budget).
Applicants eligible to draw on the Fund are all final beneficiaries of approved projects under the relevant programmes (and/or subprojects within the framework of a small grant scheme).
The specific allegation for the Bilateral Fund at Programme level, “B” measures, will be specified in the Open Call for the relevant programme.
The procedure for the submission and evaluation of applications and other information about eligible initiatives and the eligibility of expenditure are set out in the Applicant and Beneficiary Guidelines.
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