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Grant Competition: Energy Catalyst Round 9

Secure more than £2 million in grant funding for your clean energy project through the Energy Catalyst Round 9 competition.

If you are working on an R&D project that could increase energy access in Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries, you may qualify for Round 9 of the Energy Catalyst programme.

The competition is open to innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific regions. Its goal is to accelerate the clean energy transition in these areas and end energy poverty.

Eligible projects must start by 1st April 2023 and end by 31st March 2026, with total costs of between £50,000 and £5 million depending on the stage of your project.

You have until 11 am UK time on 10th August 2022 to apply to one of three strands:

The previous rounds of the Energy Catalyst were fiercely competitive, but you can improve your chance of winning a grant by working with our Innovation Grants experts. We can assess your eligibility and offer coaching, grant writing and a full review of your application. 

Learn more about the Energy Catalyst competition below, then contact GrantTree today.

Am I eligible for the Energy Catalyst Round 9?

Your project

Your project must:

  • Have total costs between:
    • £50,000 and £300,000 (Early Stage)
    • £50,000 and £1.5 million (Mid Stage)
    • £50,000 and £5 million (Late Stage)
  • Start by 1 April 2023 and end by 31 March 2026, lasting between:
    • 3 and 12 months (Early Stage)
    • 6 and 24 months (Mid Stage)
    • 6 and 36 months (Late Stage)
  • Include a UK-registered administrative lead
  • Involve at least one SME from anywhere in the world

Our grant writing specialists can help you justify your project if it falls beyond the scope for cost or duration. Contact us today to find out more.

Leading a project

All eligible organisations can lead or collaborate on any number of applications.

Energy Catalyst has two types of lead: an administrative lead and a technical lead.

As the administrative lead, you:

  • Must be registered in the UK
  • Must claim grant funding through the Energy Catalyst

As the technical lead, you:

  • Can be from anywhere in the world
  • Must claim grant funding through the Energy Catalyst
  • Can be an SME, research technology organisation (RTO) or academic institution (Early Stage)
  • Or a business of any size (Mid and Late Stages)

Partnering with a lead

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be any of the following:

  • Business of any size
  • Academic institution
  • Charity
  • Not for profit
  • Non-governmental organisation
  • Research and technology organisation


Energy Catalyst allows subcontractors from anywhere in the world, so long as all subcontractor costs are justified and appropriate to the total costs.

For help making this justification, contact our grant writing specialists.

How do I apply for the Energy Catalyst Round 9?

You have until 11 am on 10th August 2022 to submit your application via the competition website. Successful applicants will then be notified in October.

You must apply directly to either the Early, Mid or Late stage competition strands. If you are unsure which strand your project is eligible for, please speak to our grant experts.

How can GrantTree help?

To secure funding from the Energy Catalyst competition, your application must demonstrate:

  • A clear social or economic benefit in ODA countries
  • That your innovation will create affordable, reliable and low carbon energy
  • That you have identified and can mitigate any gender equality and social inclusion issues

GrantTree can help you create a successful application that meets these criteria and illustrates the true value of your project. We can offer a level of support that suits you.

Since the competition allows you to resubmit an application, we can work with previous applicants to update and strengthen your proposal.

Grant funding is fiercely competitive, but our team has decades of experience in creating successful applications. Please contact us today to propel your clean energy innovation to its next stage of growth.