Call for proposals – Pilot projects - EU aid volunteers ECHO-EU-AID-2013 Closed!


The objective of this call for proposals is to select pilot projects that will test some of the possible modules of the future EU Aid Volunteers initiative, contribute to the European Commission's work on preparing for implementation and allow for a smooth start of the initiative after adoption of the proposed Regulation by the Parliament and the Council. Expected results:

  1. To provide opportunities for Europeans to engage as expert volunteers in humanitarian aid and/or civil protection activities outside the EU and to contribute to laying the ground for a network of European volunteers active in this field;
  2. To add value through volunteering to humanitarian aid and / or civil protection operations in the fields of resilience building, disaster risk eduction, preparedness and preventing, crisis response, post crisis recovery and linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD);
  3. To strengthen local capacities in third countries in order to support resilience and/or response to crisis.


The pilot projects shall cover the whole project cycle from identifying, selecting, training and deploying European expert volunteers as well as identifying and supporting suitable hosting organisations in third countries for those volunteers.

All projects shall cover the following two main dimensions:

  1. Deployment of European volunteers with proven technical expertise and relevant professional track record in a field linked to humanitarian response and/or civil protection such as (non exhaustive list): medical support; water and sanitation; nutrition and food assistance; logistics; protection; search and rescue; camp management; humanitarian project management; cluster management, etc.
  2. Local capacity building allowing staff and volunteers in hosting organisations and hosting communities to benefit from activities such as (non exhaustive list): training, seminars, coaching, exchange of good practices, job shadowing and other relevant capacity building activities.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 1,20 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 02 April 2013 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche ECHO-EU-AID-2013 (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Public authorities (all)

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Economic Area (EEA)

Directorate-Generale responsible


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