Procedures and practical guide (PRAG)

Procedures and practical guide (PRAG)

Call for proposals launched in the field of external action are by default restricted. This means that the procedure foresees two steps; in the first step, all applicants may take part to the call by sending a concept note in response to the published call, but in the second step, only short-listed applicants are invited to submit a full application.

Basic rules

Call for proposals are subject to a set of basic rules. Learn more about the basic rules for grant contracts in the Practical Guide to Contract Procedures for EU External Actions (PRAG):

Grant procedures

Learn more about the grant procedures and grant contracts in the PRAG:


  • The Practical Guide explains contracting procedures for EU external aid contracts financed by the EU general budget (Budget) and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

    Consult PRAG

  • E-learning course on the Practical Guide. Do you want to know more about EU external action procedures? See our self-learning distance course on contractual procedures.

    e-Learning PRAG

  • e-Calls PROSPECT is the electronic system developed by EuropeAid to facilitate the submission of applications for call for proposals.

    e-Calls PROSPECT

  • Potential Applicant Data Online Registration database contains information on organisations applying for European Commission grants in the field of external assistance.

    e-Calls PADOR

  • Delegated Cooperation, Cooperation with partner countries and with international organisations, Co-financing and Management Modes.

    Consult DEVCO-Companion