The project proposals are evaluated against five criteria – quality, cost efficiency,
impact, feasibility and novelty.


PMI IMPACT is looking for project proposals that demonstrate high quality.

PMI IMPACT is looking for project proposals that demonstrate high quality.

Project proposals should:
  • provide a clear description of the proposed project;
  • explain how they address the theme of the respective funding round;
  • describe the applicant’s competencies and experience, focusing on the elements that are relevant to the project’s implementation; and
  • demonstrate the applicant’s project management capabilities.

Cost Efficiency

Projects should be
cost efficient.

To that end, proposals should:
  • demonstrate an economical use of resources;
  • ensure that the proposed costs are commensurate to the potential outcome of the project;
  • include reasonable costs that are essential for the completion of the project; and
  • justify any costs that are higher than prevailing market rates if such expenses are required for the successful completion of the project.


PMI IMPACT is looking for projects that are likely to achieve a lasting impact in curbing different forms of illegal trade and related crimes, such as corruption, organized crime, and money laundering.

Project proposals should have an impact in one or several countries of the geographical areas included in the funding round theme. Impact may also depend on the projects’ reach, replicability and scale, the capacity and experience of applicants, the prevalence of illegal trade and related crimes in the geographic areas covered by the proposed projects, and other factors.

Project proposals may consider the illegal tobacco trade either directly, or indirectly through analysis or actions that have a broader systemic effect on different forms of illegal trade.


Project proposals should offer a realistic approach and implementation plan to achieve measurable and tangible results:

To that end:
  • expected outcomes should be achievable within the indicated timeframes and budget;
  • projects should demonstrate that they will achieve measurable and tangible results with concrete steps and milestones and indicate readiness of the relevant technology for implementation, if applicable;
  • proposals should assess and outline risk factors, as well as external constraints potentially undermining the achievement of expected outcomes; and
  • in case the successful implementation of the project requires collaboration with a third party, the applicant should ensure this collaboration is technically and legally feasible, and describe how it will achieve it.


PMI IMPACT welcomes projects that propose an innovative approach and promote new solutions.


The Expert Council scores project proposals for each of the evaluation criteria on a scale of 1 to 3, with 1 being the lowest and 3 the maximum score.

For a detailed description of the evaluation and scoring criteria and selection process, see the Expert Council and Grant Award Guidelines (pdf).