Call for Proposals

Apply for support for your climate risk insurance product

You are planning to develop, scale up or improve a climate risk insurance product and look for financial support?
The 11th Call For Proposals is expected to be launched in Q3 2024. Further details will follow in due time.

Climate risk insurance projects in different sectors such as infrastructure (property), finance, emergency relief, nature, agriculture etc. are highly welcome under the ISF's Call for Proposals.

All documents relevant for the application process and further guiding documents are published here.

ISF introduction & FAQ Call for Proposals
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Terms of funding

The ISF provides grant-based co-funding of up to EUR 2.5m only to consortia of Project Partners consisting of public and/ or private organisations

1) which want to

  • develop new climate risk insurance products, especially for governments or
  • scale-up already existing products, e.g. into other regions or to other groups
  • improve an existing climate risk insurance product or program

in order to
increase the resilience of vulnerable people in developing countries to climate change

2) where at least one partner is

  • representing the demand and needs of end-beneficiaries (e.g. national or regional government bodies, NGOs, local insurers)
  • willing to act as a risk taker (e.g. reinsurance company)
  • located in the target country and legally authorised to sign a potential Grant Agreement

3) which provide an own contribution

  • matching the grant funding (in-kind and/or as financial contribution, including funds from their own resources and co-financing2)

Further parties, e.g. other product implementing partners such as risk modelling agencies, insurers, brokers, can additionally be involved.

In case of applying, please bear in mind that the grant-based co-funding of up to EUR 2.5m does not include your own contribution.
Hence, the formula is as follows: ISF grant + own contribution = total project costs.

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Target Countries and Groups

  • Focus on vulnerable households (< 15 USD PPP per capita per day) either directly (through micro-level insurance) or indirectly (through meso- or macro-level solutions).
  • Countries in Asia and the Pacific, Africa and Latin America which are eligible to receive official development assistance (ODA) as defined by the OECD Development Assistance Committee and are vulnerable to extreme weather events.
  • With the 9th Call for Proposals, ODA countries in Europe which are eligible to receive official development assistance (ODA) as defined by the OECD and are vulnerable to extreme weather events are now considered to be eligible for ISF funding.

Target group of the ISF are joint initiatives of:

  • (local) public entities (e.g. national and regional government bodies or communities),
  • private companies in the insurance sector, and
  • NGOs, humanitarian organisations.

Additional Criteria

  • The insurance product covers at least one of the following perils:
    flood, wind / storm, excess rain, drought/ heat waves, cold spells (a combination with other perils is possible).
    Examples: Nat Cat, business interruption, property or agricultural insurance
  • The project has a lifespan of up to 24 months / the product is ready for market placement and launch within 24 months after funding approval.
  • A work, budget and time plan containing reliable cost estimations exist.
  • Relevant experience of implementing partners, reference project exist.
  • Funding is requested for product development related costs (e.g. data collection, IT, risk modelling, etc.).

If you require more information on the criteria to receive financial support by ISF, please refer to the Funding Criteria.

Examples for cost items eligible for funding

  • Development of new risk / hazard models
  • Technical product design incl. actuarial risk characteristics
  • Data collection and equipment
  • Policy terms and pricing
  • Legal costs, e.g. for the identification of a suitable implementation structure
  • Sales and distribution channel development
  • New technologies for product improvement and scale up

What ISF does not fund

  • Early stage development projects e.g. research ideas
  • Projects without a focus on the above-mentioned target group
  • Likely unsustainable projects, e.g. relying on long-term subsidisation
  • Financially-unstable and unexperienced product partners
  • Projects with a questionable demand

If you require more information on cost items eiligible for grant-based funding, please refer to the Eligible and Ineligible Measures.

1) Lower rates may apply if state organisations/ public entities or none profit organisations provide the most part of the contribution.
2) Co-financing can be sourced from other public donors, but may not include any resources from funders of the InsuResilience Solutions Fund.

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