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Projects for 2024-26
Call for Proposals

Call for proposals by Hanns Seidel Foundation India for projects of development cooperation in India (incl. South Asia) starting January 2024 to 2026.

About this call

This is a call for proposals by Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung India for projects of development cooperation in India and South Asia for a maximum period of three years from 2024 to 2026.

Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung India (HSS) is a German foundation engaged in political development cooperation, supporting projects aimed at achieving policy level impact. HSS works at the local, national and international level in India.

Areas of work

Promoting effective federal governance

  • Resource / Water federalism
  • Cooperative federalism between sub-national entities
  • Effective local governance and decentralised service delivery, improved decentralised structures
  • Good Governance, Strengthening participation in governance structures
  • Scientific discourse on federalism in South Asia / India / globally
  • Effective inter-state and centre-state relations

Fostering Regional and International Cooperation

  • Political exchange
  • Cooperative Disaster Risk Reduction, regional water cooperation
  • Strengthening dialogue exchange between India and South Asia/ Southeast Asia
  • EU-India relations and Germany-India relations
  • Cooperation between South Asia and Europe
  • Training and cooperation of administration
  • Youth engagement in politics

Access to Justice

  • Police Cooperation, citizen-friendly policing
  • Witness protection
  • Legal empowerment
  • Equitable access to justice & rights
  • Mental health and wellbeing for police officers
  • Effective implementation of environmental laws

Enhancing Climate Action

  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Sustainable agriculture / waste / water management
  • Urban sustainability
  • Expansion of renewable energies
  • Reducing pollution, improved government response to Climate Change

This call for proposals is not limited to the abovementioned topics. The Foundation welcomes applications from other areas as well, such as digital literacy, peace-building, economic cooperation and political development.

Supported types of activity

No type of activity or format is excluded; combinations are welcome. The following list gives examples of formats HSS has funded in the past. The inclusion of modern formats is encouraged.

  • Workshops, trainings or other capacity-building activities
  • Round table discussions, conferences, online seminars et al.
  • Printed or digital information material (newsletters/blogs/vlogs, podcasts, movies, comics, flyers, plays)
  • Competitions, gamification, interactive plays, mock assemblies
  • Studies, scientific publications
  • Social enterprise concepts
  • Software, apps, websites, exchange / learning platforms


Only a limited number of proposals can be approved for the period from 2024 to 2026. All proposals will be measured by equal standards.

Your proposal must be handed in latest by 15 December 2022. Queries and feedback will be sent until end of January 2023.


Please follow the proposed format and do not exceed 4 pages. Any graphics or presentations to illustrate your project's theory of change/ impact may be attached separately. Proposals not following the format cannot be considered. The format can be found here:

HSS proposal format

HSS result model


Please focus on the idea, keeping a cost-efficient realization and FCRA requirements in mind. After your proposal has been shortlisted, we will ask you to draft a detailed budget.

Smaller budgets can increase the chance of acceptance. Flat institutional fees cannot be borne by HSS.

Submission Deadline

December 15, 2022

Please e-mail your proposal(s) to delhi(at) or your responsible HSS Program Manager. Kindly observe the same for any queries.