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Research and Development Fund

The application window for the second call is now closed.

The EforA Research and Development Fund was launched in November 2018 and aims to accelerate innovation in off-grid and weak grid appliance technologies.

Efficiency for Access (EforA), supported by UK aid, is investing funding into research and development (R&D) projects with the aim to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of low energy inclusive appliances that are particularly suited to developing country contexts and promote social inclusion.

In our second call, EforA invites funding applications for R&D projects that develop innovative appliance technologies or products focused on cooling for off- and weak-grid settings with a particular focus on fans, refrigeration and cold chain. The minimum total funding available under this call is £1m.

Access to sustainable cooling is essential in achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as the SDGs for poverty and health. Access to cooling is also a prerequisite for broader economic development, enabling farmers to access new markets, as well as reducing food loss and waste. At the same time, cooling provides much-needed relief and helps to save lives in an increasingly warmer climate.

For this call, we have introduced changes to provide additional funding support and application assistance to start-ups and micro-sized organisations, as well as applicants based or conducting R&D in UK aid priority countries (e.g. in sub-Saharan Africa). We encourage these organisations to apply. In addition, we are available to provide partner match-making assistance for your application if you are looking for partner organisations with specifics areas of expertise.

Please ensure you read the Guidance for Applicants document prior to applying. It provides the full details of the call, including the scope, eligibility criteria, key dates, application assistance details, as well as links to programme documents, such as our grant agreement and reporting templates. Answers to frequently answered questions have also been provided in our FAQ section.

To apply, you must register your organisation . If you have already registered, then you will not need to register again. Once you are registered, you may submit an application form detailing your project through the same web portal . Applications must be received before 16 August 2019, at midnight GMT. After your application form has been submitted, it will be assessed by an EforA assessment panel and successful applicants will be notified before the end of September 2019.

The Efficiency for Access Coalition recently held a Research and Development Fund webinar which provided further clarification on the second call for applications focused on cooling. A breakdown was provided on aspects of the call including, the scope, available funding, eligibility criteria, key dates and the application process. The presentation was followed by additional questions from attendees regarding the fund and application process. Click the link below to view a recording of the webinar and to view the webinar presentation slides.

Research and Development Fund Webinar

Research and Development Fund Presentation

If you have any questions about this call or have any general inquiries regarding the EforA Research and Development Fund, please email [email protected].

Organisations who would like this support must contact [email protected] and make a request for assistance by 26 July 2019.