The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC): Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to encourage technology that will help countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia access secure, low cost and low carbon energy.

Funding brief: The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £10 million in innovation projects. These must encourage technology that will help countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia access secure, low cost and low carbon energy.

The aim of this 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.

Proposals 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

£3 million of the funding is set aside for bioenergy projects.

Donor Name: The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: Wednesday, 14th, November, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Early stage projects can have total costs of £50,000 to £300,000 and last 6 to 12 months. Mid stage: £50,000 to £1.5 million, 12 to 24 months. Late stage: £50,000 to £3 million, 12 to 30 months.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Projects must start by 1st, April, 2019

Project duration: Projects must start by 1st, April, 2019 and end by 30th, Sept, 2021.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: To be eligible for funding for any strand you must:
Be a 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 in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia
Intend to exploit the results to help deliver clean energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia
Involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
They will fund organisations from anywhere in the world.

● Early stage
 To lead you must be a UK SME or RTO.
 If you are a UK SME you can apply on your own.
 Larger businesses and other organisations must work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base or third sector)

● Mid and late stage
 To lead you must be a UK business.
 You must work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base or third sector).
 Your project must involve some research and development, testing or demonstration work in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. This can be done by either a UK or international partner.

● International partners
 International partners (business or other) are strongly encouraged, where relevant to the project. They will be funded, through the UK lead partner, on the same grant percentage terms as UK organisations.
 The lead organisation must claim funding through this competition. If the project is collaborative, at least one other organisation in the consortium must also claim funding.
 Please note that a ‘research organisation’ is any organisation receiving 100% funding or 80% full economic costing (FEC) funding.

In this competition, they are not funding:
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 or South Asia
Projects that do not address all areas of the energy ‘trilemma’: cost, emissions and security of supply
Projects that do not take into account and plan to manage gender equality and social inclusion issues.
Bioenergy projects that only install or deploy large numbers of duplicate units or build large kilowatts of plant capacity

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
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How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).


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