Applying for Support


Call for Applications

Round 20 of funding has begun, with calls for applications for the Main round, Post Projects and Darwin Plus already closed.  The closing date for stage 2 applications for Round 20 Main projects is 2 December 2013.

We are pleased to announce the launch on 15 November 2013 of the Fellowships and Scoping awards.  The Closing date for these funding schemes is Monday 3 February 2014 at 2359 GMT.

Speculative applications for funding outside these dates will be rejected.

Please note that applications for projects in India and South Africa are precluded from DFID funding.

Darwin funding schemes

There are five funding schemes within the Darwin Initiative. Full details about the application process for each scheme are available on the following pages:

  1. Main Projects
  2. Darwin Plus – Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund
  3. Post-Project funding
  4. Scoping Awards
  5. Darwin Fellowships

LTS International is managing the application process on Defra’s behalf.

Resources for applicants

The majority of applications for Darwin Main and Post projects will nedd to be ODA compliant. There are more details on this in the Guidance Notes, but there is also a briefing note explaining the implications of ODA criteria for Darwin fund applicants available at:

and here: ODA and the Darwin Initiative Briefing Note – Final

The Darwin Initiative wishes to strengthen the quality of applications for funding that make claims to create, develop or maintain some form of enterprise, relating to the use of natural resources. It is widely held that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) do not always have the time, expertise and training to carry out the necessary business planning and market research. This toolkit aims to address some of these issues and help SMEs have direct access to a selection of resources that aim to help them plan and market their enterprises more effectively.

Darwin Initiative toolkit for SMEs – Business planning and market research resources for SMEs

Applications contact details

For all queries relating to project applications, applications information and procedures please contact:

Darwin Applications
c/o LTS International
Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan,
Penicuik, Edinburgh,
EH26 0PH

Tel. +44 (0)131 440 5181
Fax. +44 (0)131 440 5501


Page last modified: November 15, 2013

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