Organisations can apply for a share of up to £22 million across 3 strands to help provide clean, affordable and secure energy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both. This is the early-stage strand.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £22 million
Opens: 17th Jun 2019
Closes: 18th Sep 2019
The aim of the competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector or international market. Focusing on the needs of poor households, businesses and services in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, projects must be targeted at people who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions.
The Energy Catalyst is open to any energy technology from any sector. However, to be in scope for round 7 your project must address the following energy ‘trilemma’ areas:
Your project must aim to speed up access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households and enterprises in Sub-Saharan-Africa or South Asia. It must do this by supporting the development, testing and/or scale up of innovative technologies and business models. It is open to both on-grid and off-grid solutions but will be aimed at delivering Global Goal 7: ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Your application must take into account gender equality and social inclusion issues. You must:
Your project could focus on, for example:
To view the list of eligible countries in Sub-Sarahan Africa and South Asia – please click here.
To be eligible for funding you can be from any country, and must be a:
The administrative lead:
The technical lead:
UK-based SMEs, academics or RTOs can be both the administrative and technical lead.
Your early stage project’s total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £300,000.
The project must start by 1 April 2020 and finish by 31 March 2021. It can last up to 12 months.
Early stage projects should be focused on feasibility studies – you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
Grant awards to international partners will be at the same percentage as equivalent UK organisations.
Innovate UK are not funding: