First ARSINOE Open Tender

for Climate Adaptation Innovations

MAY – JULY 2023

Are you developing an innovative solution for climate adaptation?

We invite you to submit your innovation to ARSINOE’s first Open Tender for Innovations!

University of Thessaly
Universidad de la Laguna
GAC Group
Sustainable Development Solutions Network

We are seeking solutions that can help our regions and communities across Europe increase their resilience to extreme heat, water scarcity, drought, water pollution, and/or floods.

  • Does your innovation mitigate the impacts of extreme heat, water stress, water pollution and/or floods on social, economic and environmental systems?
  • Are you looking to demonstrate your innovation, make it fit with needs of real end users, and meet prospective clients?

What is ARSINOE and what are the Open Tenders for Innovations?

ARSINOE is an EU-funded project aimed at creating climate-resilient regions through systemic solutions and innovations. In 2023 the project is launching a series of open tenders to take stock of innovative climate adaptation solutions from across Europe. The aim is to identify promising or mature innovations that can help our case study regions become more climate resilient. Applications will be evaluated and the selected ones can receive up to EUR 50.000 for demonstration activities in the Main River (Germany) and Canary Islands (Spain) case studies, and up to EUR 25.000 in the Albanian demarcation of the Ohrid & Prespa Lakes case study (see more info on our case studies below).

What are the general requirements?

  • Applicants (innovators) have to be an established legal entity based in one of the eligible countries:  Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, UK.
  • Applicants may be small- or medium-sized, enterprises, start-up companies, spin-off companies, universities or research and technology development institutes, multinationals or subsidiaries/daughter companies, NGOs, and foundations.
  • Contracting of the innovation is possible without conflicting with the legal requirements that the contracting party is subject to (e.g. those associated with public procurement legislation).
  • The online application has been submitted before the deadline via the ARSINOE webpage.
  • The online application form has responses to all questions. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Selected innovations are available, and innovators are able to conduct any testing and implementation activities, including respective results reporting, within the period between October 2023 and March 2025. The exact dates and timeline are to be agreed with the contracting party during the contracting phase.
  • The innovation is relevant to the case study, i.e. it is deemed capable of contributing to addressing the challenge of the case study and to achieving its goals as they are stated in the supplementary materials published with the call.

How will my online application be evaluated?

For the evaluation, an Evaluation Committee is formed with members of ARSINOE consortium (with the leaders and co-leaders of our regional case studies to represent the interests of their stakeholders and independent partners to ensure the transparency and neutrality of the process). The Committee evaluates the applications according to seven pre-defined criteria which include: three types of readiness (Technical, Social, Market) and four qualitative criteria (Testing Feasibility, Innovator Vision, Promising Innovation, and Contribution to Social and Governance Transformation).

ARSINOE Case Studies participating in the first Open Tender

The Main River in Germany, the Canary Islands in Spain, and the Albanian demarcation of the Ohrid and Prespa Lakes are the three case studies participating in this first tender. The items below provide access to the challenge statements and supplementary material that the three case studies have prepared for you to propose your solutions.

Main River Basin (DE)

Case Study #3 – Main River Basin, Germany

The key challenge is preserving the region’s water balance and ensuring sustainable resource management. Different climate adaptation measures, changes in land-use, changes in governance structures and shifts in consumption could contribute to solving this challenge. Many measures are known but are not being implemented widely enough or with sufficient speed. Implementation requires the motivation and cooperation of different actors, exchange of knowledge between sectors and a conducive framework. The creation of these conditions requires education and capacity building to support social or behavioral change or new governance structures. Other areas of action may include but are not limited to water retention in soils and in built environments, changing water-use, changing how water is valued, saving water or designing water management systems that contribute to efficiency, considering the needs of and interlinkages between sectors as well as conflicts. We seek social and governance innovations as well as concepts for structural and nature-based solutions in a water-management context. Innovations should result in measurable positive impacts and include a plan for evaluation.

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Main River, Germany

Canary Islands (ES)

Case Study #5 – Canary Islands, Spain

In this first open tender, the case study is seeking an innovative solution or tool for the collection and transmission of environmental data (including agricultural, economic and social data) that can help expedite decision-making and make it more efficient and updated. The intention is to adopt a climate adaptation perspective to confront the problems of agricultural management specific to the Canary Islands.

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Canary Islands, Spain

Ohrid & Prespa Lakes (AL)

Case Study #4 – Ohrid & Prespa Lakes, Albanian demarcation

Through its participation in the first open tender, the Albanian demarcation of this transboundary case is seeking innovations that can help to improve the climate resilience of environmental, economic and social systems in the region from a water use perspective. Therewith, local innovators are invited to submit applications for innovations dealing with water scarcity and the effect of climate change in the Ohrid and Prespa lakes.

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Ohrid & Prespa Lakes (AL)

What do I have to do to participate?

  1. Thoroughly review the challenge statements and supplementary material that the participating Case Studies have put together to describe their climate adaptation needs and priorities (click on the “+ More info” buttons above).
  2. Visit to see what climate innovations we have worked with in the past.
  3. Read carefully the guide for applicants before starting to prepare the online application.
  4. Click here to prepare and submit your application online. Deadline for applications is Sunday 23rd July 2023 at 23:59 CEST.

In addition, we invite you to register here to participate in the online Info Sessions taking place on Tuesday 6 June and Tuesday 4 July 2023 at 14:00 CEST. During these sessions applicants will have the chance to express their doubts or questions and receive guidance about the application process. Moreover, we suggest you check our FAQs document which will be regularly updated with the questions raised during the Info Sessions.



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