Opportunities

August 2019

Second call Research and Development Fund

Deadline: August 16, 2019

Efficiency for Access (EforA), supported by UK aid, is investing funding into research and development (R&D) projects with the aim to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of low energy inclusive appliances that are particularly suited to developing country contexts and promote social inclusion.
In our second call, EforA invites funding applications for R&D projects that develop innovative appliance technologies or products focused on cooling for off- and weak-grid settings with a particular focus on fans, refrigeration and cold chain. The minimum total funding available under this call is £1m.

September 2019

Energy catalyst round 7: early stage

Deadline: September 18, 2019

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £22 million across 3 strands to help provide clean, affordable and secure energy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both.

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.

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


Energy catalyst round 7: mid stage

Deadline: September 18, 2019

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £22 million across 3 strands to help provide clean, affordable and secure energy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both.

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.

Your mid stage project’s total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £1.5 million.


Energy Catalyst round 7: late stage

Deadline: September 18, 2019

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £22 million across 3 strands to help provide clean, affordable and secure energy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both.

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.

Your late stage project’s total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £5 million.

Rolling basis

A2EI Agricultural Machine Ranking

Deadline: open end

Want clear answers on productive-use agricultural equipment? The Access to Energy Institute (A2EI) is commencing a new research project to identify, evaluate, and improve solar-powered, productive-use technologies that strengthen rural livelihoods. A2EI is seeking stakeholder input to narrow the focus of the research to the technologies that are most relevant to the off-grid industry and its customers. Share your ideas here: https://forms.gle/eiuFPQkygVS9U3ts6 


USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

Deadline: rolling basis

Open innovation inspires new solutions to the critical challenges affecting millions around the world. DIV supports groundbreaking ideas to transform lives and maximize USAID’s impact per dollar. DIV turns bright ideas into real results.

Innovative solutions come in many forms - whether a product, technology, service, or application of a creative business and delivery model. DIV is an open door to USAID - anyone, anywhere can apply at any time.

USAID provide flexible, tiered grant funding to test new ideas, take strategic risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions. We look for solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability.


US-India Clean Energy Finance Initiative Call for Applications

Deadline: rolling basis

USICEF aims to accelerate progress towards India’s renewable energy and energy access goals, by supporting early stage development of distributed solar power projects and helping to catalyze long-term financing. USICEF invites distributed solar power project developers who operate in the following categories in India to apply for support: Mini-Grid & Micro-Grid Power Generation, Market-Based Solutions, Renewable Energy Infrastructure Catalyzers.


PFAN Open call for Climate & Clean Energy Projects Eastern Africa

Deadline: ongoing basis (Projects received after the 2 June deadline will be evaluated in September 2019)

Do you have a great climate change adaptation or clean energy project, but have you had difficulty attracting investment? PFAN can help!

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, and you may submit your application at any time. Periodically, we may announce deadlines for submissions eligible for participation in specific Investment Forums.


Shell IdeaRefinery

Deadline: ongoing

Are you a startup or do you know a startup solution that could serve energy sector? Shell IdeaRefinery will launch soon in Singapore to enable established startups with a Singapore-based office to explore opportunities in the energy sector. Enrupt is excited to deliver the programme. Register your interest to receive updates when sign-ups go live and stay tuned for more information through our newsletter.