Funding Opportunity: Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy access, feasibility projects

The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector.

Your project must encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, South East Asia or multiple 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.


The Energy Catalyst Programme is open to any energy technology from any sector. Your proposal must also address all 3 elements of the energy ‘trilemma’:

  • cost
  • emissions
  • security of supply and energy access


There are 3 options to apply to 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:

  1. Early-stage for feasibility studies (this strand).
  2. Mid-stage for industrial research.
  3. 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.

Please note the deadline is 16th September 2020