Funding brief: Efficiency for Access Coalition launches research and development fund to accelerate innovation in off-grid and weak grid appliance technologies.
The Efficiency for Access Coalition, with funding from UK Aid, will invest into Research and Development (R&D) projects that lead to the acceleration of 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. The first round of the R&D fund is worth at least £1 million, and this total is expected to be doubled with matching private investment
This is part of the Efficiency for Access Coalition’s programme of activities to support and accelerate innovation in off-grid and weak grid appliance technologies and markets. Coalition members currently have programmes and initiatives spanning three different continents, 26 countries and 19 key technologies.
Research & Development projects must focus on developing an innovative appliance technology or product for use in off-grid and weak-grid settings, which has both a strong potential to positively benefit targeted users and to scale. Research & Development projects must also take into account gender equality and social inclusion issues.
Scope: To be considered for this round, R&D projects must focus on developing one technology or product for use in off- and weak-grid settings and clearly identifying a significant real world benefit that they will bring to lives of targeted users.
An indicative list of the technologies considered for this round are listed below
Cross-cutting horizon and enabling technologies
These are early stage technologies which may be disruptive to existing dominant appliances. These technologies may create opportunities to leapfrog in terms of efficiency or cost, with implications potentially for a whole range of products:
● Lower cost Brushless DC motors
● Advanced electric cooking
● Advanced refrigeration technologies
● Connectivity & Internet of Things (IoT) e.g. as a catalyst for improved appliance performance or affordability
● Interoperability & compatibility of off-grid appliances and other components
● Agricultural processing
● Near-to-market products
These are existing products for which demand is strong and clear, but efficient products are only available in low volumes and at relatively high cost. R&D projects that focus on these near-to-market products must clearly show the potential to significantly accelerate their availability, affordability, efficiency or performance:
● Rice and multi-cookers
● Solar water pumps
Some examples of potential R&D needs identified through EforA’s Low Energy Inclusive Appliances technical working groups thus far include:
● System design cost and efficiency optimisation and modelling
● Efficient motors
● Improved mechanical reliability
● Improved local reparability
● Modularity/interoperability of components
● A universal/interoperable PAYG platform
● Power supplies that can interpret the needs of both supply and demand ends
● Improved saline water tolerance of solar water pumps
Donor Name: Efficiency for Access Coalition
Funding name: Research and development fund’
Deadline: The application window goes live on 15th, November, 2018 and will be open to all organisations that meet the application criteria. Submissions for applications will close on 16th, January, 2019 at midnight (GMT).
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: The first round of the grant fund is worth at least £1 million, with available grants ranging from £50,000 to £200,000 per project.
Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: There are 3 options to apply for a grant, depending on the stage of the R&D project:
● Early stage for feasibility studies (lasting 6 to 12 months)
● Mid-stage for industrial research (lasting 12 to 24 months)
● Late stage for experimental development (lasting 12 to 30 months)
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: The minimum eligibility criteria are:
● Applicants must be a legally registered and physically established business, academic organisation, non-profit, public sector organisation, or research and technology organisation from anywhere in the world. Applicants for funding may also form partnerships (such as between academics and businesses, or between entrepreneurs and established businesses).
● Applications must demonstrate outcomes linked to both the EforA Coalition’s overall objective of accelerating energy access via improved availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of Low Energy Inclusive Appliances particularly suited to developing country contexts, and the R&D scope for this round (as detailed in the Scope section).
● Applicants must demonstrate sufficient match funding for project costs.
● Applicants must demonstrate a track record in research and innovation, and/or provide strong evidence of their capacity to successfully implement the R&D project.
Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
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