Energy Catalyst Round 7: Early Stage

Funding opportunity:

Energy Catalyst Round 7: Early Stage



Funder and programme:

Innovate UK, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Department for International Development (DFID) – Energy Catalyst

Project total eligible costs (range):

£ 50,000 – £ 300,000 (Early stage projects)



Competition closes:

18/09/2019 (12:00 noon)

Innovate UK (part of UK Research and Innovation), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) will invest up to £22 million. This is in innovation projects as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme.

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

Projects must encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both 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.

Proposals must also address all 3 elements of the energy ‘trilemma’:

  • Cost;
  • Emissions;
  • Security of supply and energy access.

There are 3 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 (this strand);
  • Mid-stage for industrial research;
  • Late stage for experimental development.

MSC R&D can help your business develop by supporting you in:
• Identification of appropriate grants and competition calls for proposals
• Partner search for collaborative Research & Innovation
• Bid writing
• Project management
• Audit compliance
• Commercialisation
• Business Planning
• Market Intelligence reports

If you want help with any of these opportunities, please CONTACT us on 0114 230 8401 or email