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Energy Catalyst Round 8: clean energy access, feasibility projects

29 July 2020


Competition to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector

Innovate UK is offering £20 million of UK aid funding in the Energy Catalyst round 8 competition. Organisations can apply to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia.

Projects 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 proposal must also address all three elements of the energy ‘trilemma’:

  • cost
  • emissions
  • security of supply and energy access

There are three options to apply into this competition, dependent on the stage your project is at:

  • early stage for feasibility studies (this strand)
  • mid-stage for industrial research
  • late stage for experimental development

This is the early stage competition for feasibility studies. It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your application for the correct stage.

Your early stage project’s total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £300,000 as part of a feasibility study.

The competiton closes to applications at 11am on 16 September 2020.

Find more information on the Energy Catalyst round 8, eligibility critera, scope and how to apply.


First published 29 July 2020