Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia.
There are 3 strands available, being run in parallel:
- Feasibility projects: £50-300K; up to 12 months duration;
- Industrial Research: £50K-1.5M; between 12 and 24 months;
- Experimental Development: £50K-5M; between 12 and 36 months.
- Competition closes: 16 September 2020, 11am
- Applicants notified: 16 November 2020
- Project start date: 01 April 2021
The Energy Catalyst Programme is open to any energy technology from any sector. Project must also address the following 3 subjects:
- Energy access
Your project must aim to speed up access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households, enterprises and social institutions in sub-Saharan-Africa, South Asia, or South East Asia. It must do this by supporting the development, testing and/or scale up of innovative technologies and business models. Energy Catalyst is open to both on-grid and off-grid energy solutions which are aimed at delivering Sustainable Development Goal 7: ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Up to £3 million will be prioritised for projects specifically for energy storage.
DFID is also particularly interested in supporting projects in the areas of:
- modern cooking
- sustainable cooling
- next generation solar
- efficient and productive appliances
- technologies and business models which help leave no-one behind
- The energy ‘trilemma’
Your proposal must tackle all 3 areas of the energy ‘trilemma’: be clean; be affordable; and, enable security of supply and energy access.
- Gender and social inclusion
Your application must take into account gender equality and social inclusion issues (GESI). You must demonstrate the following in your response and logic model:
- identify the main beneficiaries
- describe how you will mitigate any negative effects
- provide a plan of how to address both gender and social inclusion during the life of your project
- explain how your project will encourage equality.
Your project could focus on, for example:
- making new solutions more affordable
- integrating technologies in new systems or business models to help unlock finance and deployment
- developing technologies or partnership business models that address other barriers to deployment, such as skills required to develop or maintain technologies
- unlocking underserved market segments that existing solutions are not reaching at scale, such as rural areas, frontier markets or specific energy end-users
Projects that will not be funded
- innovations unlikely to contribute significantly to energy affordability, security and reduced carbon emissions
- innovations that do not improve energy access in either sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia
- projects that do not address all areas of the energy ‘trilemma’: cost, emissions and security of supply
- projects which are not Official Development Assistance (ODA) compliant
- projects that do not take into account and plan to manage gender equality and social inclusion issues
Projects must target one or more of the following countries:
Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cabo Verde; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Côte d’Ivoire; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Djibouti; Eritrea; Eswatini (Swaziland); Ethiopia; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
South Asia & South East Asia: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; India; Indonesia; Laos Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Vietnam.
- Projects must include a UK registered administrative lead and involve an SME from anywhere in the world;
- State aid funding rules apply;
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Research organisations collaborating as part of your consortium can share up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs. (This maximum is to be shared between all participating research organisations).
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