Funding for clean energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
A new competition has been launched to help countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia access secure, low-cost and low-carbon energy.
The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are launching a competition to 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.
The aim of the 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.
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.¬† Proposals must also address all three elements of the energy ‚Äòtrilemma‚Äô:
- security of supply and energy access
There are three 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.
KTN is running two events, one in Birmingham on 15 August (which has a webcast element for those unable to attend in person) and one in Manchester on 21 August.¬† There is an opportunity for those based overseas to pitch their capabilities & ideas remotely to the audience via Webex.