Energy Catalyst Rd 7: additional funding provided

Posted on: 29/08/2019

An additional £10m has been added to this competition for energy storage solutions

Up to £32m is to be invested in innovation projects that will help countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia access secure, low-cost and low-carbon energy.  Energy Catalyst Round 7 is part of part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Transforming Energy Access (TEA) Programme and the investment is from Innovate UK, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID).


BEIS energy storage – additional funding announced 27 August 2019

BEIS  is providing £10m of international climate finance (Official Development Assistance) to fund innovative energy storage projects that will lead to climate change mitigation and wider development benefits in developing countries. This funding is available to projects operating in any country on the OECD’s DAC list and is focused on technology innovation for energy storage. This funding has to be spent in the financial year of 2020 to 2021 so we are particularly encouraging 12 month projects able to start 1 April 2020.


The aim of the competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector or international market.  Focusing on the needs of poor households, businesses and services in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, projects must be targeted at people who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions.

Energy Catalyst Round 7 is looking for projects that 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. 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

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.


KTN ran a series of briefing events for this competition and a recorded webinar is available to view here.

The Energy Catalyst Round 7 competition closes midday 18 September.  For more information and links to the application forms click here.


More information about the programme is here.  If you have any questions about the Energy Catalyst programme, please contact

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