Launched in November 2023, the Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund will make over £1.3million available to organisations to develop clean energy agricultural technologies and appliances. Funding is being provided by UK aid via the Transforming Energy Access platform, and the IKEA Foundation.
Since 2018 the fund has provided over £5million of support across 38 R&D projects, accelerating innovation in the off- and weak-grid appliances sector.
Under the latest call, support will be provided to develop agricultural technologies such as: post-harvest management including harvesting, handling, storage, processing, and transportation, and improvements to food systems in horticulture, dairy, fishing and livestock.
To be in scope for this call, R&D projects must:
- Develop or improve an innovative electrical appliance for use in off- and/or weak grid settings; AND
- Improve post-harvest resilience and productivity of food systems, while reducing their environmental impact. Improved resilience and productivity can be achieved in any of the following ways: ensuring and increasing incomes, expanding access to markets, reducing waste and loss, and improving the operations, service and maintenance of essential equipment within one or more value chains of a food system.
The call will open on 15 November 2023 and close on 17 January 2024. Apply to this funding call now.