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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

European Commission (EC) -- Energy Demonstration Projects in Jordan

posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:35 AM by Jan Laarman

The EC aims to collaborate with the government of Jordan to move towards increased energy efficiency and use of renewable energy.  Project activities will demonstrate and increase awareness of technical and economic advantages of improved energy performance, and promote public-private partnerships to attain them.  Eligibility extends to nonprofit organizations in the EU and Jordan;  international organizations; and private entities that have expertise with renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Grants will range from €200 thousand to € 750 thousand, depending on cost shares.   Reference EuropeAid/136101/ID/ACT/JO. The application deadline is 07 October 2014. Link

Scottish Government -- Malawi Development Fund 2015

posted Aug 10, 2014, 11:47 AM by Jan Laarman

The Scottish Government announces funding for projects in Malawi starting in April 2015 and running through March 2018. Grants are up to £600 thousand over the 3-year period for projects in themes of sustainable economic development (including renewable energy) and others.   Organizations applying for funding must have a presence in Scotland. Alternatively, applications submitted by a partnership must include a lead organization based within Scotland.  The application deadline is 03 October 2014. Link

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund -- Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies (REACT), Round 3

posted Aug 1, 2014, 1:20 PM by Jan Laarman

AECF invites applications in Round 3 of the REACT window. REACT is open to business ideas based on low-cost clean energy and solutions (technologies, products, and services) that help rural people adapt to climate change, including in sectors such as agriculture and livestock raising. REACT provides grants and interest-free loans to businesses in East Africa that offer potentially transformative solutions to climate change and which seek to make a profit, go to scale, and to have a deep social impact. The deadline is 23 September 2014. Link

European Investment Bank Institute -- EIBURS Research Grants 2014-2015

posted Aug 1, 2014, 1:18 PM by Jan Laarman

The EIB University Research Sponsorship Program (EIBURS) provides grants to research centers working on research themes of major interest to the European Investment Bank. Sponsorships of up to €100 thousand per year for three years are awarded through a competitive process to interested university departments or research centers associated with universities in the EU and its candidate and potential candidate countries. For the academic year 2014/2015, EIBURS has three new lines of research, one of which is economic analysis of energy efficiency. The deadline for applications (English, French) is 30 September 2014. Link

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

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