Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund
The Efficiency for Access 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 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.
Open: Enabling Technologies Call
Efficiency for Access invites funding applications for R&D projects that will develop enabling technologies or products for off-grid and weak grid areas, with a particular focus on inclusivity and interoperability.
Up to £2 million in funding has been made available from a range of donors including UK aid and the IKEA Foundation. Between £50,000 to £300,000 of funding is available per organisation.
Applications must be received by 18:00 GMT on 15 March 2020
First Call Results
The first call was an open call launched in November 2018. Applicants were asked to submit projects developing innovative off- and weak-grid appliance technologies or products with a strong potential to benefit end-users and promote social inclusion.
In early 2019, Efficiency for Access supported nine projects totaling over £1m in funding. Six projects developing cooking appliances were awarded funding totaling approximately £750,000 from the MECS programme.
Cooling Call Results
The second call saw 12 organisations selected to receive funding to the value of £1.67 million from UK aid and the IKEA Foundation.
Efficiency for Access invited funding applications for R&D projects developing innovative appliance technologies or products focused on cooling for off- and weak-grid settings with a particular focus on fans, refrigeration and cold chain. Find the winning projects here.