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Conrad Foundation -- Spirit of Innovation Challenge 2015

posted Jul 20, 2014, 6:08 AM by Jan Laarman

The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is a worldwide competition for youth to create commercially viable products or services to address issues of global sustainability. Categories include "Energy and Environment" (among others). Ideas are submitted by student teams, which can be international (if desired), in two age groups: 13-18 and 19-25. There is a fee for team registration. The winning teams are offered seed money to continue the development of their ideas. The application deadline is 03 October 2014. Link

U.S. Department of State -- Energy Efficiency in Chile

posted Jul 1, 2014, 11:22 AM by Jan Laarman

The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. State Department, requests applications for an energy efficiency project in Chile.  The proposed project should demonstrate how it will develop and improve energy efficiency practices, policies, and technologies.  Eligibility extends to institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations (U.S. and other countries), public international organizations, and regional organizations.  Funding Opportunity OES-OTE-14-004.  The deadline for applications is 25 July 2014.  Link

ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF) -- Energy for Rural and Peri-Urban Areas in West Africa

posted Jul 1, 2014, 10:59 AM by Jan Laarman

The EREF announces a second call for proposals to co-fund small to medium-sized projects and businesses that extend renewable energy and energy efficiency in rural and peri-urban areas of the ECOWAS countries. The program of €1 million will support the installation, operation, and management of mini-grids powered by renewable energy. The deadline for proposals (English, French, Portuguese) is 10 August 2014. Link

D-Prize -- Increasing the Distribution of Low-Cost Development Interventions for Energy

posted Jun 22, 2014, 11:59 AM by Jan Laarman

The D-Prize funds pilot projects that more widely distribute relatively low-cost products and services in the fight against poverty. The challenges in 2014 include two related to energy: (i) selling solar lamps, and (ii) selling modern cook stoves. The D-Prize will grant up to US$20 thousand to social enterprises that are successful in their pilot phases.  The deadline for concept notes is 02 July 2014. Link

Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) -- Southern and East Africa, 8th Call for Proposals

posted Jun 10, 2014, 11:28 AM by Jan Laarman

The EEP for Southern and East Africa announces its 8th call for proposals. The program invites applications in support of local private sector projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency that are close to commercial maturity, but that need a limited amount of bridging finance to enable sustainable business growth. Projects should be implemented in one or more of the following partner countries: Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.The maximum grant allocation ranges from €200 thousand to €1 million, depending on the level of co-financing.The deadline for submitting concept notes is 16 July 2014. Link

Climate Technology Initiative (CTI PFAN) -- Clean Energy in Asia

posted Jun 10, 2014, 11:24 AM by Jan Laarman

CTI's Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN) seeks to identify promising projects for adapting to climate change which have the capability of raising private financing.  The Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-5) invites entrepreneurs, start-up and existing companies, project teams, and consortia with environmentally beneficial business to submit business plans for the development of clean energy and related technologies.  The competition is open to persons and companies resident or actively operating and /or registered in any Asian country.  Foreign persons or companies with projects in Asia are also eligible, but the representative should be primarily based in the region. Short-listed projects will receive coaching from professional experts to improve the business plans in preparation for a financing forum. The closing date is 24 July 2014. Link

Energy Globe Award for Sustainability -- Awards 2015

posted Jun 10, 2014, 11:02 AM by Jan Laarman

The Energy Globe Award is for projects that conserve and protect natural resources, or that employ renewable energy. The international winner in each category ("earth," "water," "fire," "air," and "youth") is awarded €10 thousand. Applicants can be individuals as well as organizations (i.e., private companies and corporations, development NGOs, community associations, government agencies, and others). The deadline for submissions is 22 September 2014. Link

African Development Foundation -- Off-Grid Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, Round 2

posted Jun 2, 2014, 2:26 AM by Jan Laarman

The African Development Foundation, in partnership with GE-Africa, support the "Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge." The aim is to seek innovative off-grid solutions to serve the energy needs of under-served rural communities. The challenge is open to African-owned enterprises that provide renewable energy, and to African community organizations that acquire off-grid solutions (developed by a company that could be African or not) in Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Grants are up to US$100 thousand. Proposals need to be submitted before 20 June 2014. Link

Energy and Environment Partnership Program with Southern and East Africa -- 7th Call for Proposals

posted May 21, 2014, 4:14 AM by Jan Laarman

The EEP with Southern and East Africa announces its seventh call for proposals. Eligible EEP activities are pilot projects, demonstration projects, and feasibility studies that focus on the development phase of concrete projects in renewable energy and energy saving and efficiency. Projects should be implemented in one or more of Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia. The maximum grant size is €100 thousand to €300 thousand, depending on project co-financing.The deadline for concept notes is 13 June 2014. Link

CRDF Global -- Collaboration of U.S. and Russian Universities for Joint Research

posted May 21, 2014, 3:14 AM by Jan Laarman

CRDF announces support for innovative international research by teams of U.S. and Russian researchers in support of sustainable natural resources management, energy saving and efficiency, and other disciplines. Grants are a maximum of US$110 thousand for joint research teams. The application deadline is 28 July.  Link

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