Government Partnerships for Development (GPFD)
Government Partnerships for Development Facility—Update 8 April 2013
Interest in the first round of the Government Partnerships for Development facility has been very high with AusAID receiving more than 150 concept proposals. The assessment process is now under way. Given the funding available we anticipate that only a small number of proposals will be invited to proceed to the detailed proposal stage. We anticipate that applicants who are invited to submit detailed proposals will be notified in mid-June. Applicants will then have four weeks to complete their detailed proposals. We anticipate finalising the detailed proposal requirements in mid-May and links to those requirements will be provided on this website.
The GPFD will facilitate partnerships in support of Australia’s official development assistance (ODA) objectives between Australian public sector organisations—Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies and public universities—and their counterparts in Australian ODA-recipient partner countries.
Under the GPFD, funding will be provided through an annual competitive funding process to eligible Australian public sector organisations. The first funding round is now open (Wednesday, 6 February 2013).
Guidelines for Round 1 (2013) of the GPFD.
The guidelines outline eligibility requirements, the application and assessment process and where to find additional information.
Activities funded through the GPFD facility must have a focus on addressing poverty and assisting the economic development and welfare of the partner country and may include internships and placements, training workshops, twinning arrangements and policy research.
The GPFD will fund either single large or strategically bundled smaller activities with a minimum total grant to an agency or university of $1 million and a maximum of $4 million over the life of the activity. In total the activity may run for up to three years.
Eligibility criteria are set out in the GPFD Guidelines.
To be considered for funding, proposed activities must:
Funding will be provided to successful eligible Australian public sector organisations through Commonwealth funding agreements, which will set out program and financial management requirements including results reporting.
Applications for funding under the GPFD must be lodged online through this webpage using SmartyGrants™ [external website] technology. Paper applications will not be accepted. The application process consists of two steps.
- All applicants must complete a GPFD Concept Proposal Form.
- You will be able to commence your GPFD application online [external website] from 6 February 2013.
- The closing date for Concept Proposals is 11:59pm AEDT, 26 March 2013.
- Concept Proposals will be selected to proceed to the next step through the interdepartmental assessment panel process outlined in the GFPD guidelines.
- Only those Concept Proposals endorsed through the interdepartmental assessment process will proceed to the second phase. In the second phase, a GPFD Detail Proposal Form must be completed. Notification that concept proposals can proceed to the second phase will occur in May 2013.
- GPFD Detail Proposals must be submitted within four weeks of the date of notification.
- Successful public sector organisations whose Detail Proposals are endorsed for funding will be notified, and funding agreements will be finalised in July 2013.
Public sector organisations whose Concept or Detail Proposals are not endorsed for further development (Concept Proposals) or funding (Detail Proposals) will be advised accordingly.
Country and regional strategies
Potential applicants for GPFD funding should be familiar with the relevant country or regional strategies. You are also strongly encouraged to discuss possible proposals with AusAID staff before submitting an application. Email GPFD@ausaid.gov.au or call +61 2 6178 4451.
Prospective GPFD applicants should also consider the range of long and short term study and professional development opportunities open to citizens from developing countries around the globe available through AusAID's Australia Awards.