Development projects support

Development projects support

The support from the IBU is divided into three parts


There are two different types of participation support:

  1. Participation support paid out connected to the number of athletes participating in the World Cup, IBU Cup and Junior Cup. 

  2. Event Participation Contribution - same principles as previously, but more clear and fixed contribution for participating NFs traveling overseas.


Team Performance Bonus (Formerly Activity Bonus)

Divided according to the NFs Total Score in WC, IC, JC. Of this sum, 55% based on World Cup, 25% IBU Cup, 20% Junior Cup (as per current procedure).

Reach Performance Bonus (Former PP Bonus)

50% to be divided among NFs with rights holders for IBU events on the basis of hours viewed per country. 50% to be divided among the NFs connected to digital reach (NFs, OCs reach on web and social media).

For the season 2021/2022, the old form of PP bonus will be paid out based on existing criteria, i.e. hosts of World Cup, OECH and JYWCH and hours viewed for NF for season 21/22.


National Federations development support


1. Build the capacity of existing members to better regulate, promote and develop the sport at a national level.

2. More activity by member federations.

3. Promotion of gender equality, sustainability and good governance.


1. Youth and Junior athletes development as a part of a long-term national strategy

The project aims to support national programs focused on:

  • Identification and training of youth and junior athletes with regard to increasing the number of athletes at the national and international level.

  • Popularisation of biathlon among kids (minimum age of 12 years).

2. Biathlon expert support

3. Support of training venues

4. NF Partnerships

5. Sustainable business development

The project aims to support national programs focused on:

  • Athletes' involvement after sport career

  • Sustainability

  • Gender Equality and Diversity

6. Customized development projects with contribution to all stakeholders


The IBU decided to support1 117 projects from 39 member federations in season 2024/2025 with a total amount of 1.600.000,00 EUR.

IBU support is intended as partial support (as opposed to full cost basis), is focused on structured and future-oriented long-term projects and programs, may be need-based, promotes cooperation among NFs, and requires reporting.

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Project applications must be submitted via IBU Scope 2.0.

Call for Applications: 02 April - 12 May 2024

Duration of projects: 01st June 2024 to 31st March 2025

Announcement of results: 14 June 2024

Deadline for reports: 15th April 2025


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For more information contact

Maija Ruotsalainen - IBU Development Projects Coordinator