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					SPECIAL Call for Proposals IN 2006
Adaptive Research for the Regulation Component of the South African Pesticide Initiative Program Publication
This call is published in SA Groente & Vrugte (Industry Magazine), the Indaba (Industry newsletter) and SA VEG (Website: www.saveg.co.za). It is also on www.ppecb.com/sapip where all additional information is made available electronically. A hard copy can be obtained from the SA PIP office at 45 Silwerboom Avenue, Plattekloof (Cape Town), 7506.

Procedure
This is a restricted local call for proposals following a special procurement agreement for the program under its Financing Agreement. Revised guidelines and criteria (GL-01, Version 5) to evaluate proposals have been approved by the Program Steering Committee on 3 March 2005 and endorsed by the Pretoria Delegation of the European Commission (EC). Please take note that this is a SPECIAL call for proposals for Adaptive Research due to its co-funding terms.

Programme
South African Pesticide Initiative (SA PIP)

Financing
EPRD (Budget Line 73200) and Financing Agreement (SA/73200-03-06). No double-funding is permissible. The projects in this round are co-financed with funds resulting from changes in the exchange rate between Euro and Rand. Funding is therefore not guaranteed until the last advance payment to SA PIP is received from the EC (expected in March 2007).

Indicative Maximum Budget
The total budget for this special round of Adaptive Research is R1.8 million from the EC, conditional to a contribution from stakeholders other than the EC of at least 50% and the actual exchange rate for future prepayments is greater than 8.2 Rand/Euro.

Weighted average exchange rate for advance payment(s) of AWP4 (2007) 9.2 or more R/Euro 8.7 R/Euro 8.2 or less R/Euro

Total available budget (indicative) R1.8 million R0.9 million R0 available.

% EC funding per project Maximum 50% Maximum 25% No EC co-funding

The EC fund portion cannot exceed R10’000.00 for proposed projects with an overall budget of R20’000.00 or less. For proposed projects of R20000.00 or more, a minimum 50% contribution other than from EC funds is conditional. Research Project proposals up to a total budget of R500’000.00 will be considered for co-funding.

Contracting Authority
PPECB, 45 Silwerboom Avenue, Plattekloof, 7500, South Africa.

Address to which proposals must be sent
All proposals shall be addressed to the: PIP Management Committee Helen Goodson, PO Box 15289, Panorama, 7506, South Africa Or email it to heleng@ppecb.com (electronic version only considered delivered after confirmation by the receiver, only MS window formats are acceptable). Candidates making use of the electronic submission must provide a signed original when qualified for co-funding by EC.

Nature of Contract
One year service contract. Please note financing terms under Financing and Remarks!

Contract Description
The SA PIPs’ purpose is to assist the growers of fruit and vegetables anticipated for the export to EU countries to enter the EU market without infringing on the EC regulations. Since the regulations for residues of agro-chemicals on food are changing until the completion of their harmonisation by December 2008, it is increasingly difficult to comply. SA PIP aims at resolving problems occurring from current agriculture practice that leaves residues beyond the allowed limits or unknown residue amounts. Thereby all crops will be considered that are grown in South Africa for export purposes. One of the four program result areas is the Regulation Component, under which the two main activities are: Regulation Development Adaptive Research The latter is intended at promoting adaptive research to find alternative pest control measures and farming practices to reduce problems caused by chemical residues exceeding EC MRL regulations. Such research projects must be completed within one year not exceeding the timeframe of the SA PIP (end on or before 31 December 2007).

Closing date(s)
The due date for 2006 is 31 October 2006 (Maximum EC funds R1.8 million).

Additional Information
The following additional information is relevant for all proposals and contains binding criteria for the adaptive research. I. Guidelines and Criteria to assess funding applications for adaptive research (GL-01 Version 5) II. Guidelines for In-kind contribution (GL02 Version 4) Financing Agreement SA 73200/03-06.

Remarks
Successful applicants will be offered a contract for co-funding the proposed project. No advance payments will be made before the last advance payment from EC has been received by SA PIP. There must be a minimum of three proposals to justify for the PIP management committee to evaluate. Regrettably members of the PIP Management Committee cannot be contacted for advice regarding the compilation of adaptive research proposals. General information about the application, however, can be obtained from the Contracting Authority. SA PIP, 11 September 2006

This program is co-funded by the European Union Delegation of the European Commission to South Africa 1-2 Greenpark Estates 27 George Storrar Drive Groenkloof 0181 Pretoria P.O. Box 945 Groenkloof 0027 Pretoria

The program beneficiary is the National Department of Agriculture in RSA Directorate: Food Safety and Quality Assurance Department of Agriculture Private Bag X250 Pretoria 0001 Tel: 012 319 7000 Fax: 012 319 6764

A program implemented by PPECB Head Office PO Box 15289 Panorama 7506 Cape Town Tel: 021 930 1134 Fax: 021 939 6868 www.ppecb.com

The European Union is made up of 25 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders. Through the European Program for Reconstruction and Development (EPRD) the EU has over the past years annually committed close to R1 billion to development, education, health and governance programs in South Africa. The European Commission is the EU's executive body.


				
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