Closed: Mar 15,2020
Type: partner

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

Find more information, register and apply here.

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.

Find the winning organisations here and read our project spotlights report which gives an insight to each organisation and the projects that are being funded.

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.