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|| Energy Catalyst Round 7
|| Financial: (Grant)
|| Energy Catalyst Round 7 is part of the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) Programme and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), investment from Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID).
The funding is aimed at projects that address the energy trilemma: issues of cost, emissions and security of supply and energy access. Three strands for funding applications will run in parallel, depending on the maturity of the project. They are:
- early stage for feasibility studies
- mid-stage for industrial research
- late stage for experimental development
To be eligible for funding for mid and late stage, at least some of the research and development, testing or demonstration activities must be carried out in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, as well as having a partner with a legal entity in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.
The funding is targeted to support highly innovative, market-focussed energy solutions in any technology, sector, or international market, as long as they address the needs of poor households, businesses and services in the sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. They must target people who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time and expertise to successfully use these solutions.