IRIS accepts single-country or multi-country proposals from government bodies such as ministries, public agencies and offices. Expressions of Interest (EoI) must include the implementation agency’s line ministry’s endorsement. Other types of non-profit organisations (civil society organisation, local or international NGO, university, UN agency or multilateral body) can participate in the programme as an implementing partner to a government body. They should reach out to the government body with a relevant mandate to prepare a joint Expression of Interest.

Please refer to the list of eligible SIDS from the annexure of the 'Call for Proposals' document which can access here -

The nodal person for the 'Call for Proposals' should be someone who will be coordinating the application. So it could be someone from the government agency or implementing partner agency.

The first funding cycle of IRIS aims to equip relevant government agencies in SIDS with needed technical support and knowledge products related to infrastructure resilience. Funded activities should be able to enhance informed decision-making, locally relevant technical knowledge and fit-for-purpose processes and tools for resilient infrastructure in SIDS. It is focused on institutional strengthening, technical assistance, and studies only. So any soft intervention that entails the above is eligible for funding under this call.

In case of regional proposal, please note only one of the countries is to be designated as the Lead applicant for communication, coordination and reporting purposes. Therefore, only one joint EoI is expected to be submitted for a regional project proposal.

Yes, for a multi-country/regional proposal it is mandatory to upload ‘letters of endorsements’ from each of the country participating in the EoI. In case you are unable to get formal letters of endorsement from a participating country/country, in the EoI stage, you would be required to submit all the formal letters of endorsements at the proposal stage (in case your EoI gets shortlisted), which will be essential for evaluating the proposal.

IRIS places no limitations on the number of government bodies and implementing partners per proposal as long as a lead agency is clearly identified in the Expression of Interest. IRIS will liaise with the lead agency only, which will be liable for all aspects of their proposed action. Please note that the mandate and qualifications of implementing partners will form part of evaluation criteria for Expressions of Interest. Applicants are invited to consider the consequences of having many implementing partners in terms of coordination and reporting efforts.

Each country can submit more than one Expression of Interest. Please note that a maximum of one Expression of Interest per country will be selected for the next stage (invitation to submit a full proposal). This limitation does not apply to multi-country EoIs.

The IRIS call for proposals is designed to support applicants in the proposal writing process. The first stage requires to fill a simple EoI form to describe the proposed project’s justification, which can be done independently by applicants. Selected applicants will then have access to a pool of CDRI experts to define the outputs, duration and budget of their proposed action if needed (fixed number of days). Applicants may also receive the support of implementing partners in preparing their Expression of Interest and full proposal.

IRIS funds are managed by a multi-partner trust fund, the Infrastructure Resilience Accelerator Fund (IRAF). IRAF will arrange the procurement of the required expertise and services on behalf of applicants, either directly or through regional organisations as appropriate. Selected applicants will not receive funds directly and there will be no accounting or financial reporting requirements for them. Applicants are not allowed to request the refund of funds already spent. IRIS will not consider requests to finance “business as usual” activities from government implementation agencies.

The funds from this call for proposal cannot be used for payment of salaries and the procurement of goods as a primary purpose. Any procurement must have a direct link to the project outcomes. The justification of any proposed procurement will be evaluated as part of the selection process. Also please note you are not required to submit a detailed budget at this stage. You are required to only fill the basic EoI form at this stage of the application.

Applicants are requested to submit proposals that will be fully implemented within two years of the funding agreement. Proposals for projects shorter than two years are eligible. The CDRI empanelled experts will support applicants with scoping and project planning in stage 2 (Proposal Development) to ensure proposals are compatible with this timeframe. Implementation government agencies are required to report on unexpected difficulties in meeting the implementation calendar as early as possible. Delays will be addressed on a case-by-case basis by the IRIS Steering Committee and the Infrastructure Resilience Accelerator Fund (IRAF).

Proposal budgets must fit within the range specified in the Call for Proposals ($150,000 to $500,000 for single-country and up to $750,000 for multi-country proposals). Applicants seeking larger funding envelopes are encouraged to leverage IRIS’ support to secure co-financing, reduce the scope or duration of their proposed project or design stand-alone implementation phases or pillars.

While there is no current commitment of funding for further continuation of this work, IRIS is expected to launch subsequent calls for proposals in future. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to showcase outputs to potential funding sources via IRIS and CDRI platforms.

Implementing government agencies will report periodically on the project’s activities, risks and issues. A substantial project outcome report is expected halfway through the project and upon completion. Applicants shall present their monitoring and evaluation framework (indicators and data collection methods) in their full proposal.

IRIS encourages complementarity with ongoing or planned research, capacity building or infrastructure investment programmes. In this case, applicants should mention existing reporting and monitoring mechanisms in their full proposal to avoid duplication of efforts.

The IRIS Steering Committee convened by CDRI’s Director General and comprising senior representatives from the donor countries, SIDS nations, regional and international organizations, will select EoIs and invite the applicants to submit a full proposal. Invited applicants will receive support in full proposal preparation. The IRIS Steering Committee will review full proposals and recommend some for funding to the Infrastructure Resilience Accelerator Fund (IRAF).

All required information is available in the “Call for Proposals” document uploaded on the IRIS website. To attend to additional queries, the IRIS Programme Management Unit will organise information sessions ahead of the EoIs due date. The schedule and details of the information sessions will be available on the IRIS website. You may also send specific questions to the IRIS Programme Management Unit (PMU) to the following email address: until February 1st, 2023. The IRIS PMU will share clarifications with all applicants through the information sessions and an updated FAQ.

You can find a link to the application form on the IRIS website. Applications will be accepted only through the IRIS Portal.

All information on this “Call for Proposals” is available in three languages: English, French and Spanish. While IRIS strives to provide information in multiple languages, the applications will be limited to English.


Yes, a proposal can cover multiple themes mentioned in the Call for Proposal document.


The selection criteria for the Expression of Interest stage are:
Criteria Criteria Weight
Government endorsement Government agencies must provide a letter of endorsement from the government authority in charge of infrastructure investment and from the concerned sector ministry (for example Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Water Resources etc.) Eligibility*
Applicants not fulfilling this criterion will not be considered
Needs assessment Applicants should demonstrate the need for an intervention, highlighting the vulnerability of the selected infrastructure sector and the limited capacity to tackle issues without IRIS’ involvement. 30%
Proposed action Applicants should demonstrate how the proposed action will address the needs identified. 30%
Alignment and complementarity Applicants should highlight how the proposed intervention will align with their country’s relevant international commitments (Paris Agreement/NDCs, SAMOA Pathway etc), IRIS objectives and how it may complement ongoing disaster resilience or climate change adaptation programmes in the country. 20%
Applicant profile The applicant and its implementing partners should have mandate and qualified personnel to undertake the proposed action. 20%

Specific selection criteria for full proposals are currently under review and will be shared with shortlisted applicants after they are selected.

They will include expression of interest criteria along with an evaluation of the work plan, budget, and results framework. The evaluation will ensure realistic proposals and favour propositions that can demonstrate leveraging additional resources and/or promoting inclusive infrastructure in addition to the resilience agenda.

The alignment should be to IRIS vision and outcomes. You may refer the vision document from here Also it is important that IRIS is in harmonization with other SIDS initiatives/programs and projects so as to ensure IRIS complements the work of other key SIDS actors in the infrastructure resilience space.

The Steering Committee will not allocate extra points to applicants who identify non-state implementing partners in their EoIs and proposals. The IRIS team will ensure that the required technical assistance is provided through IRAF or a regional body if the applicant has not identified an implementing partner in its proposal.


CDRI does not have a preferred or empanelled list of implementing partner agency. Non-profit organisations such as civil society organisation, local or international NGO, university, UN agency or multilateral body can participate in the ‘Call for Proposals’ as an implementing partner agency to a government SIDS body. Implementing agencies will be selected after a due diligence process (HACT Assessment) to ensure that their administrative policies are reliable and transparent, in line with IRAF requirements.

The IRIS team will allow more than one submission per country at the Expression of Interest stage only. The IRIS Steering Committee will invite a maximum of one submission per country to present a full proposal in the second stage of the selection process. Applicants may note that multi-theme expressions of interest are acceptable, so they are encouraged to coordinate at country level to present a single multi-themed expression of interest if possible. Restrictions do not apply to multi-country proposals.

Yes, this is possible. Please note that IRIS will request that one of these agencies is designated as lead for communication, coordination and reporting purposes.

Yes, this is possible. Please note that they will require the endorsement of their line ministry.

Yes, universities can be implementing partners. The proposal lead will be a government entity.

If the proposal in question is selected for funding, the implementing partners listed are expected to benefit from IRIS’ financial support after a satisfactory due diligence process.

Both scenarios are possible. Applicants can propose implementing partners which are eligible to direct transfers from the IRAF multi-partner trust fund. In case no partner is mentioned in the proposal, the IRIS Project Management Unit will mobilize technical support through IRAF or one of its partners.

Implementing partners can be any non-profit such as sub-national institutions, academia, civil society organisations and regional/international organisations. Members-based international organisations, whether they are global or serving specific geographic areas, are eligible to be considered as implementing partners.


Individual consultants, consulting firms and/or for-profit training institutes with relevant expertise in infrastructure resilience and inclusivity for island states are not allowed to be part of a consortium at Expression of Interest or full proposal stage. Funds will transit through IRAF, a multi-partner trust fund which requires competitive bidding to source any goods or services for selected applicants. The IRIS team will announce tenders (if any) related to this Call for proposal through CDRI’s social media channels after the end of the proposal selection process (from June 2023 onwards).


There is no co-funding requirement, either in cash or in kind. The IRIS Steering Committee will evaluate the complementarity of the action to ongoing initiatives as part of expression of interest evaluation criteria, but the availability of co-funding will not bring extra points systematically.

IRIS will not provide grants to applicants directly (there will be no fund transfer) so applicants are only required to provide progress report on activities. Implementing agencies will be selected after a due diligence process to ensure that their administrative policies are reliable and transparent, in line with IRAF requirements.

The number of selected proposals will depend on the number and quality of submissions as well as the amount requested. The IRIS Steering Committee aims to support at least 2 proposals per SIDS region (Pacific, Caribbean, Indian Ocean - Atlantic).


Recordings can be found here on the IRIS web page and on CDRI’s Youtube channel.