European Union - SWITCH Asia Grant - 2011

The SWITCH-Asia is funded by the European Union (EU). It helps effectively share knowledge and disseminate successful project practices and intensify networking between its Asian and European Partners.  


General Information


Overall budget: 24 650 000


·        80 % of the estimated total accepted costs (90% for least developed countries)

·        20% of balance financed from the applicant's or partners' own resources

Duration of the projects: 24 – 48 months

Grant amounts: min. 500 000 - max. 2 000 000



·        14 March 2011 for submission of concept notes


Who can apply?

·        Not-for-profit intermediary (business) organisations and networks (e.g. chambers of commerce or industry associations)

·        Not-for-profit organisations aiming at pursuing sustainable development

·        Governmental institutions at the regional and local level


Note: Projects that have financial institutions, national government departments or multinational corporations as associates will be given preference


The Partnerships

·        Minimum size: At least one organisation from a EU Member State and at least one organisation from an eligible Asian country

·        Each member of a partnership must have a precise and clearly identified role in the implementation of the project

·        Partnerships should preferably build on existing networks

·        The lead applicant and the EU partner should ensure permanent presence (at least 75% of the implementation time) at the project implementation site

·        Associates are organisations/institutions which play a real role in the action but may not receive funding from the grant (except per diems or travel costs reimbursement)

·        Grant beneficiaries may outsource certain activities (not more than 20% of project total eligible costs) to subcontractors. The procedure is governed by the EU-specific rules


• Eligible countries

·        Europe: EU Member States + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway 

·        Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau, and Chinese Taipei), India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, DPR Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam


What kind of projects?

Target groups

·        Small and medium-sized enterprises

·        Various consumer groups

·        Service organisations


Target sectors

All industrial sectors (except primary production) are eligible to be targeted in the projects, under the following conditions:

·        They are polluting and have sufficient potential for improvement

·        They form a substantial share of the economy and have potential for market demand

·        They have sufficient potential for further multiplication in the country and/or region


Types of actions

The projects should have two dimensions:

·        They should promote one or more sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices (e.g. cleaner production, environmental management systems, greening supply chain, eco-labelling, etc.)

·        They should employ a replication mechanism in order to actively engage a large number of SMEs in producing and consuming sustainably (e.g. develop/upgrade standards and certification schemes, set voluntary targets, strengthen SCP service providers, create market demand, engage policy-makers/financial institutions)


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