Energy Catalyst Round 9 – Early Stage

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Innovate UK

10 August 2022, 10:00:00

£50,000 - 300,000

3 - 12 months

Energy Catalyst Round 9 – Early Stage


The aim of this competition is to accelerate the innovations needed to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific region. Creating a just and inclusive energy transition and extend the benefits of clean energy to all to meet sustainable development goals (SDGs) 7 ‘end energy poverty’ and 13 ‘climate action’.

To be in scope for Energy Catalyst round 9, your project must address all three of the following areas:

1. Energy access: Improving energy access in official development assistance (ODA) eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific region. Your project must aim to speed up access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households, enterprises and social institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific region. It must do this by supporting the development, testing or scale up of innovative technologies or business models.
A clear social or economic benefit in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific Region is required.
This can include: creating new energy access in unserved regions improving existing access to provide a more reliable service

2. Clean Energy: Your technology or business model must create clean energy which is: affordable, reliable, and low carbon.

3. Gender equality and social inclusion (GESI): Your application must take into account gender equality and social inclusion issues. You must demonstrate all of the following in your response and logic model: identify the main beneficiaries, describe how you will mitigate any negative effects, provide a plan of how to address both gender and social inclusion during the life of your project, and explain how your project will encourage equality

Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) funding:
FCDO is providing up to £10 million of funding in this competition. Although FCDO is willing to consider funding any technology which meets the above criteria, including solution integrations across multiple technology areas, they are prioritising projects focused in the following Ayrton Challenge areas:
next generation solar technologies and business models; smart green grids, including mini and main grid related technologies; energy storage, including batteries and mechanical storage; low carbon hydrogen; modern cooking; low energy inclusive appliances; leave no one behind, specifically technologies and business models; targeting poor or marginalised groups or fragile contexts; and sustainable cooling.