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Energy Catalyst Round 6 Competition Briefing - Birmingham

Event details
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
9:30 am – 16:00 pm
Apply for funding to address the need for clean, affordable and secure energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest in innovation projects to encourage technology that will help countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia access secure, low cost and low carbon energy. Part of the funding is reserved for transformative bioenergy projects that help unlock lower-rated (between approximately 10kW and 5MW) productive-use bioenergy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector or international market. To be in scope for this round your project must meet the needs of people, businesses and services in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.

Proposals must also address all 3 elements of the energy ‘trilemma’:

  • cost
  • emissions
  • security of supply and energy access

There are 3 options to apply into this competition. These are referred to as strands and will be run in parallel. The strands are dependent on the stage your project is at:

  • early stage for feasibility studies
  • mid-stage for industrial research
  • late stage for experimental development

To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • apply as part of a collaboration with a UK organisation if you are based outside of the UK
  • intend to exploit the results to help deliver clean energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia
  • Involve at least one SME (Small or Medium-sized Enterprise)

To be eligible for funding for mid and late stage, at least some of the research and development, testing or demonstration activities must be carried out in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. This can be done by either a UK or international partner.

More information can be found online here.

Overseas Participation: There is an opportunity for those based overseas to join remotely (via Webex) and present a pitch to the UK audience. Please select the ‘Remote Pitch Presenter (Overseas) ticket when registering.


Not able to attend? The scope and competition process presentations will be available via webcast and you can register to join this section of the day online here.

There will also be another brokerage event in Manchester on 21st July.