Innovate UK (part of UK Research and Innovation), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) will invest up to £22 million in innovation projects as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme. 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.
Proposals must also address all three elements of the energy ‘trilemma’: Cost, emissions and security of supply and energy access.
There are three options to apply for 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
This competition closes at 12pm UK time on 18 August 2019. Further information on the competition can be found here.
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