Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy

Fund Name: Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy
Project Length: Dependent on stage
Project Value: Share of £20m
Deadline: 16/09/2020

Summary

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

Your project must encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, South East Asia or multiple 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.

Your proposal 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.
Fund Details
Early-stage for feasibility studies
  • have total eligible costs between £50,000 and £300,000
  • start by 1 April 2021
  • end by 31 March 2022
  • last up to 12 months
  • intend to use the results to help deliver clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and/or South East Asia
  • include a UK registered administrative lead
  • involve at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), from anywhere in the world
Mid-stage for industrial research
  • have total eligible costs between £50,000 and £1.5 million
  • start by 1 April 2021
  • end by 31 March 2023
  • last between 12 and 24 months
  • must intend to use the results to help deliver clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and/or South East Asia
  • must involve at least one partner with a legal entity in one of the focus countries in Africa, South Asia or South East Asia – this could include in-country offices
  • must include a UK registered administrative lead
  • must involve at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), from anywhere in the world
Late-stage for experimental development
  • have total eligible costs between £50,000 and £5,000,000
  • start by 1 April 2021
  • end by 31 March 2024
  • last between 12 and 36 months
  • must intend to use the results to help deliver clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, or South East Asia
  • must 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
  • must include a UK registered administrative lead
  • must involve at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), from anywhere in the world
Eligibility

To be eligible for funding you can be from any country. If you are an international organisation, you need to partner with a UK administration lead and must be one of the following types of organisation:

  • business
  • research technology organisation (RTO)
  • academic organisation
  • charity
  • public sector organisation

International organisations must partner with a UK registered administrative lead. If you are a UK SME, you can apply on your own.

Your project must involve a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), from anywhere in the world, either as a technical lead or consortium member.

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