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French Institute of Development Research (IRD) -- French and Egyptian Research on Renewable Energy and Green Technologies

posted by Jan Laarman   [ updated ]

France's Institute of Development Research and Egypt's Science and Technology Development Fund announce a joint call for short-term fellowships to promote collaborative research on renewable energy and green technologies.  Applications are open to Egyptians working in Egyptian universities and research institutes, and to other Egyptians within the Egyptian Science, Technology, and Innovation system. Participation in France is open to research laboratories and scientists affiliated with the AIRD (i.e., the Inter-Establishment Agency for Research for Development). The application deadline is 22 November 2014.  Link

Energy and Environment Partnership for Southern and East Africa -- Project of the Year 2014

posted Oct 10, 2014, 9:17 AM by Jan Laarman

The EEP for Southern and East Africa will host its first Knowledge Exchange Forum on 29 October 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The forum will announce the EEP project of the year for 2014.  Nominations are invited from current and previous grantees.  The deadline for submissions is 20 October 2014.  Link

Grants to Promote Clean Cooking in the Developing World

posted Oct 1, 2014, 10:03 AM by Jan Laarman

By means of the Pilot Innovation Fund III, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will provide grants of up to US$150 thousand to finance and pilot innovations across the clean cooking value chain. The Alliance seeks to support innovative technologies and business models with the potential to contribute to the goal of reaching 100 million households by 2020. Technology innovations include (but are not limited to) new developments in cookstoves, fuels, and other improved cooking solutions. Examples of innovations in business models include consumer finance mechanisms, social marketing, and new distribution models. This competition is intended for registered partners of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (which accepts new registrations). The application deadline is 31 October 2014. Link

Challenge Cup for Start-Up Enterprises in Energy and Other Themes

posted Oct 1, 2014, 9:42 AM by Jan Laarman

The Challenge Cup 2015 is a competition in 16 cities around the world to identify promising start-ups that tackle big challenges in four categories: education, health, cities, and energy. The competition features a 2-day accelerator program and an opportunity to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, customers and partners. At each competition, up to four start-up enterprises will be selected for the global finals in Washington, DC (May 2015) to compete for prizes of over US$650 thousand. Applicants need to choose the city where they will compete.  Application deadlines include the following:  Amman, 14 November 2014; Santiago, 19 December 2014; Nairobi, 26 December 2014; Mumbai, 2 January 2015; and others (see details in the announcement)Link

Wuppertal Institute, Sustainable Energy Project Support (SEPS) -- Renewable Energy in Asian Food Value Chains

posted Sep 22, 2014, 9:10 AM by Jan Laarman

SEPS is looking for project concepts that demonstrate how to apply small-scale renewable energy technologies to improve the productivity, environmental performance, and social integration of food value chains in Asia. The eligible countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Additionally, SEPS will support exchange activities that can strengthen the capabilities of practitioners and local organizations working in the field of applied renewable energy technologies in food value chains. The application deadline is 29 October 2014. Link

Ashden Awards -- International Awards for Sustainable Energy 2015

posted Sep 11, 2014, 6:48 PM by Jan Laarman

Ashden supports projects in sustainable energy in the UK and the developing world. The awards are made to pioneers in sustainable energy, saving energy, generating renewable energy, or promoting behavior change. The competition for the International Awards is open to businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and social enterprises whose activities take place in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia, or Southeast Asia.  Winners are supported with prize money up to £40 thousand, plus assistance with mentoring and networking. The closing date for applications is 04 November 2014. Link

Climate Technology Initiative (CTI-PFAN) -- West Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing

posted Sep 1, 2014, 9:21 AM by Jan Laarman

CTI's Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN) seeks promising projects for adapting to climate change which have the capability of raising private financing. The West Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (WAFCEF-2) seeks to nurture entrepreneurs, start-up and existing companies, project teams, and consortia with environmentally beneficial business proposals with the aim of linking them with investment and finance. The application deadline is 19 October 2014. Link

International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA) -- Gender and Energy Program

posted Aug 20, 2014, 8:02 AM by Jan Laarman

With financial assistance provided by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), ENERGIA manages a five-year research program on the links between gender, energy, and poverty.  ENERGIA will make one grant up to £450 thousand in each of five research areas, identified in the announcement. The request for proposals is open to legally registered research institutions. The deadline for expressions of interest is 25 August 2014. Link

Energy and Environment Partnership for Southern and East Africa -- 9th Call for Proposals

posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:45 AM by Jan Laarman

The EEP for Southern and East Africa invites applications for innovative projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency in one or more of the following countries: Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.   The eligible activities are pilot projects, demonstration projects, and feasibility studies. Grants will range from €100 thousand to €300 thousand. The deadline for concept notes is 23 September 2014. Link

Google -- Design of Smaller Power Inverters

posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:40 AM by Jan Laarman

Google's "Little Box Challenge" is a competition worldwide (with some exceptions) to stimulate the creation of small power inverters.  Inverters change direct current to alternating current, and smaller inverters could help bring electricity to many people who don’t have it.  Google offers a prize fund of US$1 million to the winning team.  Additionally, Google will make grants of US$20 thousand to US$40 thousand on this topic to full-time faculty at degree-granting universities. The deadline to register for the Little Box Challenge is 30 September 2014, which is also the application deadline for grants.  Link

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