Framework Partnership Agreement under the Humanitarian Aid Regulation - HAR FPA

Several different versions of FPAs have been concluded under the HAR. The first one entered into force in 1993, the second in 1998, the third in 2003, the fourth 2008 and the fifth has entered into force on 1st of January 2014.

HAR FPA Partnership Criteria

NGOs can apply for the signature of the 2014 HAR FPA with DG ECHO if they comply with the criteria established under the Humanitarian Aid Regulation, the Financial Regulation and on the basis of its Rules of Application. The selection criteria consist of a number of eligibility and suitability criteria.

Please consult the full set of criteria, the applied benchmarks, the application form and the supporting documentation before submitting the Application Questionnaire English; French.

Procedure and timeline to apply for the signature of the FPA

The application period started on 30th September 2013 and was open until 31 March 2018.
The date for the opening of the application procedure for the signature of the 2020 ECHO FPA will be announced in due time. Please follow this page closely, as it will also be used to announce the relevant information concerning the new application procedure.

Applications for the signature of the FPA must be made online through the electronic exchange system APPEL

1. Identification and pre-selection

In the first phase of application, the applicant needs to take the following steps:

  • Choose the language of the application (English or French),
  • Choose the type of the application (niche or non-niche, whereby niche organisations provide support and capacity-building activities necessary for the implementation of a programme or an action),
  • Fill out an identification form (name, address etc.), and
  • Answer a set of pre-selection questions to check if it complies with the minimum criteria. If the outcome of the pre-selection is positive, the applicant will be able to proceed to the detailed questionnaire and to complete the application. If the applicant answers to any of these questions negatively, it will be automatically rejected.

2. Full Application

The second phase of the application process consists of the completion of a detailed questionnaire. During this phase, the applicant organisation will be requested to submit supporting documents. Once the applicant organisation answered all of the questions and uploaded all the requested documents, it will be able to submit its application by confirming the veracity and completeness of the provided information. After the submission of the application, no further modification will be possible. The information provided within Phase 1 and Phase 2 constitutes the formal application for the signature of the FPA.

3. Assessment of the Application

Once completed, the application will be assessed by DG ECHO. Following a preliminary legal/operational and financial analysis of the information provided, DG ECHO may request further information. This information should be provided no later than in 30 days. The applicants that successfully pass the preliminary review will be invited for a meeting with DG ECHO.

Applicants will be informed in due time of the final outcome of their application.

Rejected applicants after completion of the full selection procedure will be, in principle, excluded from submitting a new application for 1 year.

If the outcome of the application is positive, the applicant organisation will be able to sign an FPA with DG ECHO. The signature of the FPA does not guarantee funding. To receive funding, specific project proposals need to be submitted and accepted by DG ECHO.

In case of questions related to the application procedure you may write to:

Personal Data

A prospective partner's application will involve the recording and processing of personal data, which will be treated according to the Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data on the protection of individuals, with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.

Unless indicated otherwise, the prospective partner's reply to the questions in the application, and any personal data required to assess it, will be processed solely for that purpose. Details concerning the processing of personal data are available in the ECHO Privacy Statement.

Partners' personal data may be registered in the Early Warning System (EWS) only, or both in the EWS and in the Central Exclusion Database (CED), by the Accounting Officer of the Commission, should the partner be in one of the situations mentioned in Commission Decisionof 13 November 2014 on the Early Warning System to be used by the authorising officers of the Commission and by the executive agencies (2014/792/EU) or in Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1302/2008 of 17 December 2008 on the central exclusion database.

For further information refer to the Privacy Statement for the Central Exclusion Database

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