African clean energy solutions are eligible to apply for a share of the $50m UK innovation fund

Innovation funding of up to GBP40million (US$50million) will be available to combat climate change by providing clean energy access to communities in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Announced as part of Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst Round 9 and 10 funding cycles, the funding will help create and demonstrate new technologies and business models delivering a just and inclusive clean energy transition

Funding for the two rounds is coming from the UK Government’s Ayton Fund for clean energy innovation, including the scale-up of the FCDO’s Transforming Energy Access platform announced at COP 26 in Glasgow.

“The UK is stepping up our partnership with emerging economies to help them access the clean and affordable energy they need. We’re delivering on the Glasgow Breakthroughs, the commitments made at COP26 to ensure clean technologies are the cheapest and best choice for all globally,” Vicky Ford, the UK’s Minister for Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, said.

“Since 2016 our Transforming Energy Access Programme has already helped innovative businesses deliver clean energy access to more than 16 million people, and leverage over GBP890 million in further investment. These two new funding rounds will support many more companies working in this area, grow our partnerships with other countries, and help combat climate change.”

Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst programme is one of the UK’s biggest energy access focused grant funding initiatives. This round of funding is intended to support innovative solutions that improve energy access in a sustainable manner, and decrease reliance on fossil-fuels in these areas.

The programme also provides financial and advisory support for innovators. It helps create strategic partnerships, channel knowledge, insights, and develop business models to help commercialise solutions that improve people’s lives.

This funding competition is open for organisations that work to improve clean energy solutions in target regions. Each collaborative project can apply up to GBP5million (US$6.25million) in project costs. 

The applicants can come from any part of the world as long as the project administrator is located in the UK. Projects must focus on technology or a low-carbon business model that is reliable, affordable, and low-carbon. Round 9 applications close August 10. Round 10 is expected to be announced early in 2023. You can find more information and apply for funding at the UK Government’s website.

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