Energy Catalyst funding programme

Innovate UK has up to £10 million to invest in innovative, market-focused energy technologies through the Energy Catalyst funding programme. Round 6 of the Energy Catalyst will support energy innovations across all technologies, sectors and international markets to help address the global need for reliable energy.

The Energy Catalyst is run by Innovate UK and co-funded by partners including the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). 

Reliable sources of energy are crucial to human wellbeing but 1.1 billion people have no access to electricity. While progress has been made in both sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, 14% of the world’s population is still without access, rising to 84% in rural areas. The new funding is for projects that meet the needs of the people, businesses and services in these regions.

Organisations applying for funding will need to address the World Energy Council’s ‘Energy Trilemma’ and its 3 pillars:

  • cost – reducing prices to make energy accessible to everyone
  • emissions – generating cleaner energy with lower emissions to protect the environment
  • security of supply – putting reliable infrastructure in place to keep energy flowing without disruption or shortage

The competition opens on 20 August 2018 and the deadline for applications is midday on 14 November 2018, successful applicants will be contacted on 25 January 2019.



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Southern Asia

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Early stage projects can have total costs of £50,000 to £300,000 and last 6 to 12 months. Mid stage: £50,000 to £1.5 million, 12 to 24 months. Late stage: £50,000 to £3 million, 12 to 30 months. Projects must start by 1 April 2019 and end by 30 Sept 2021.

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