Research and Development Fund
The application window for the second call is now open!
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.
We will be holding two webinars to present the call and answer questions on 1 July (16:00 BST) and 8 July (09:00 BST). The webinar will provide further details on aspects of the second call including: scope, funding, eligibility, the application process and more. Attendees will also be able to ask programme managers specific questions about the call for applications or the Research and Development Fund.
Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7247015678562578188
If you have any questions about this call or have any general enquiries regarding the EforA Research and Development Fund, please email [email protected].