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Energy Catalyst round 7

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Funding details
18 Sep 2019, 00:00

Innovate UK (part of UK Research and Innovation), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) will invest up to £32 million. This is in innovation projects as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund(GCRF) and Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme.

The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector.

Projects must encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both regions access secure, low cost and low carbon energy. They must be targeted at people, public services and local enterprises who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions.

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 – Your early stage project’s total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £300,000, duration up to 12 months
Mid-stage for industrial research – Your mid stage project’s total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £1.5 million, duration 12-24 months
Late stage for experimental development – Your late stage project’s total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £5 million, duration 12-36 months

Your project:

must intend to use the results to help deliver clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both
must include a UK-based administrative lead
must involve at least one SME, from anywhere in the world
must start by 1st April 2020

Mid-stage and late-stage projects must also involve at least one partner with a legal entity in one of the focus countries in Africa and South Asia, this could include in country offices.

DFID is providing £7 million of funding specifically for energy storage.

Your application must take into account gender equality and social inclusion issues.

For more details, click on the funding links above.


BEIS energy storage (the following paragraph was inserted on 27 August 2019)

The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is providing £10m of international climate finance (Official Development Assistance) to fund innovative energy storage projects that will lead to climate change mitigation and wider development benefits in developing countries. This funding is available to projects operating in any country on the OECD’s DAC list and is focused on technology innovation for energy storage. This funding has to be spent in the financial year of 2020 to 2021 so we are particularly encouraging 12 month projects able to start 1 April 2020.