Energy catalyst round 7: early stage

Fund Name: Energy catalyst round 7: early stage
Project Length: up to 12 months
Project Value: Share of up to £22m
Deadline: 18/09/2019

Early stage: This is the early stage competition for feasibility studies.

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 areas:

The energy ‘trilemma’

Your proposal must tackle all 3 areas of the energy trilemma:

  • Clean
  • Affordable
  • Security of supply and energy access
Fund Details

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.

To be in scope, your project must target one or more of the following countries:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • South Asia

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


Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £300,000.

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

The project must start by 1 April 2020 and finish by 31 March 2021. It can last up to 12 months.

The administrative lead:

  • must be based in the UK
  • will be the recipient of the award and will distribute funding to the international partners (hub and spoke model)
  • must be an SME, academic organisation or RTO
  • will manage and be accountable for the finances of the project in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award
  • must claim funding through this competition

The technical lead:

  • can be from anywhere in the world
  • will lead on the development of the scope, work packages within the project and other work from a technical perspective
  • can be an SME, academic or RTO
  • must claim funding through this competition

UK-based SMEs, academics or RTOs can be both the administrative and technical lead.

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