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RESEARCH AND INNOVATION GRANTS

Research/Innovation Grants - Innovative Electric Mobility Solutions for Rural Africa
Location: France
Company: ENGIE
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/innovative-electric-mobility-solutions-for-rural-africa/

Research/Innovation Grants - Electric Cooking Solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa
Location: France
Company: ENGIE
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/electric-cooking-solutions-for-sub-saharan-africa/

Research/Innovation Grants - Urban Power and Clean Water Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa
Location: France
Company: ENGIE
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/urban-power-and-clean-water-solutions-in-sub-saharan-africa/

Research/Innovation Grants - Wellcome Trust Open Research Fund
Location: United Kingdom
Company: Wellcome Trust
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/wellcome-trust-open-research-fund/

Research/Innovation Grants - Improving the effectiveness of interventions used in the elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
Location: United Kingdom
Company: Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/improving-the-effectiveness-of-interventions-used-in-the-elimination-of-neglected-tropical-diseases-ntds/

Research/Innovation - Bioclimatic approaches for improving energy performance in buildings in Africa and Europe
Location: Belgium
Company: European Union
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/bioclimatic-approaches-for-improving-energy-performance-in-buildings-in-africa-and-europe/


RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE
None added in the past week, but review those available on the portal.

FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Fellowships/Scholarships - Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
Location: Canda
Company: Government of Canada
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https://academia-ke.org/grant/banting-postdoctoral-fellowships/

Fellowships/Scholarships - Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme
Location: United Kingdom
Company: University of Cambridge
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/prince-of-wales-global-sustainability-fellowship-programme/

Fellowships/Scholarships - Rhodes University Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2020
Location: South Africa
Company: Rhodes University
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/rhodes-university-postdoctoral-research-fellowships-2020/

Fellowships/Scholarships - IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships in Mathematics
Location: Italy
Company: The World Academy of Sciences
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/imu-breakout-graduate-fellowships-in-mathematics/

Fellowships/Scholarships - The Capacity Building for Information and Communication Technology Development 2019 Studentship and Fellowship Program
Location: Kenya
Company: African Centre for Technology Studies
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/the-capacity-building-for-information-and-communication-technology-development-2019-studentship-and-fellowship-program/


Awards/Prizes - The 2019 FIRE Africa Award
Location: Germany
Company: Fund for Internet Research and Development
View Details: 
https://academia-ke.org/grant/the-2019-fire-africa-award/

SPONSORED TRAINING
UON Undergraduate Students interested in developing and idea into a business: Your College Principals have agreed to sponsor at least 10 undergraduate per college to attend the Nairobi Innovation Week 2019 Ideation to Commercialisation Seminar,
http://uonresearch.org/current-events/niw-ics2019.Contact your College Principal today to ensure you do not miss out. 


WebsiteENGIE

ENGIE Power Corner, from the ENGIE Africa Business Unit, is launching a call for projects to identify partners and test electrical mobility solutions for its users of mini-grids in rural areas of Africa.

This call for projects aims to identify companies producing electric vehicles adapted to Africa and to test these vehicles with villagers in Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda.

We are particularly looking for two types of vehicles:

·         Electric motorcycles able of going anywhere (more details below)

·         Electric motors for boats using batteries

This call for projects does not exclude other electrical mobility solutions as long as they are adapted to the African rurality and its constraints.

Detailed description:

ENGIE PowerCorner is ENGIE’s initiative for rural electrification of Africa at the village level. It involves installing and operating small solar power + batteries and connecting the inhabitants of the villages via a distribution network in AC.

ENGIE PowerCorner is in scale up phase with 13 mini-grids in operation in Tanzania and Zambia and willoperate a portfolio of 35 mini grids by 2020 with access to nearly 10,000 customers.

In rural Africa, transport needs are numerous and yet people do not have access to flexible and affordable means of transport. As a result, apart from a very small minority who use motorcycles and motor cars whose operating costs are very expensive (since gasoline is the same price as in Europe), most of the inhabitants of rural areas of Africa, more than a billion people by 2025, walk, bike or use public transport, which are infrequent, dangerous and uncomfortable.

What are we looking for?

100% of the African population will have access to electricity by 2030, electric vehicles are a “game changer” since their operating cost per km is much lower than that of a thermal vehicle (2 to 7 times cheaper according to electricity rates).

However, the global market for electric vehicles, on the suppliers’ side, is barely emerging and most of the world’s supply is limited to city vehicles or to developed countries. There is therefore a supply gap for the rural areas of Africa that this call for projects tries to fill by identifying manufacturers capable of providing vehicles:

·         2 wheels in priority,

·         Capable of riding on any type of surface (earth, pebble, sand …)

·         Robust and capable of carrying more than 150 kg of total load – with the ability to hang goods

·         Easy to repair

·         With an autonomy of more than 150 km

·         Able to reach the classic speeds of thermal vehicles (> 100km / h)

·         With an easily changeable battery (for battery swapping system)

·         Attractive

·         Affordable (<1500 EUR for the purchase)

Electric motor solutions with boat using batteries are also being sought for this call for tender. These should be:

·         able to be installed on monohull fishing boats with a length of about 6m

·         of equivalent power or more than 15HP

·         with the greatest possible autonomy

·         with a storage solution adapted to aquatic conditions

This call for projects is launched to identify and create partnerships with companies able to provide affordable electric vehicles whowant to test their products directly on the market of rural Africa.

 

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WebsiteENGIE

In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricity and 2/5 of the African population on average does not have access to a reliable supply of electricity even when connected to the grid. In these areas cooking energy mostly comes from biomass, either wood or charcoal, which poses important health issues due to smokes (specifically to women and children) and environmental issues as it is a cause of deforestation.

Therefore, ENGIE Africa is looking for electric cooking solutions for access to clean cooking that align with any of the following goals:

·         Providing affordable, fast-deployed and energy-efficient access to electric cooking for households connected to off grid mini-grid in remote rural areas

·         Taking advantage of digital solutions through mobile economy, efficient payment platforms and powerful data platforms

·         High growth potential offering the opportunity to replicate the model elsewhere

 Earnings and Benefits for the selected projects: 

·         Funding of a testing phase : the winner will be able to test the efficiency and viability of his solution in the relevant environment, within the Engie Africa business framework over a period of 6 months

·         Based on the results of the testing phase, the integration within the Engie Africa business portfolio and further co-development of the project.

Detailed description:

ENGIE Africa is a long-term partner for Africa’s growing energy needs. It has over 50 years of experience on the continent and employs 3,000 people of which 98% are Africans.  ENGIE now has over 3,000 MW of energy capacity,  it is a leader in energy services and provides clean off-grid electricity to more than 2 million people.

Africa’s business context is particular and needs new models and technologies which are tailored to its specific needs.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricityand 2/5 of the African population on average does not have access to a reliable supply of electricity even when connected to the grid. ENGIE Africa recognizes the enormous potential of off-grid solutions and aspires to give access to off-grid green electricity to 30 million people by 2025 thanks to off grid mini-grids and solar home systems.

In these areas cooking energy mostly comes from biomass, either wood or charcoal, which poses important health issues due to smokes (specifically to women and children) and environmental issues as it is a cause of deforestation.

Specifically for these reasons, ENGIE Africa is looking for electric cooking solutions for access to clean cooking that align with any of the following goals:

·         Providing affordable, fast-deployed and energy-efficient access to electric cooking for households connected to off grid mini-grid in remote rural areas

·         Taking advantage of digital solutions through mobile economy, efficient payment platforms and powerful data platforms
High growth potential offering the opportunity to replicate the model elsewhere

Eligibility and selection criteria: 

·         Innovative nature of the solution

·         Technology Readiness

·         Energy-efficiency (ideally label)

·         Maturity of project/solution: the solution must exist physically at the time of application. Projects at the concept stage will not be selected

·         Coherence of the proposed business model

·         Feasibility/ economic viability

·         Ability to launch project quickly / Ease of implementation

WebsiteENGIE

ENGIE Africa would like to hear from innovators and startups who are developing new technologies and service based solutions to improve reliable access to energy and clean water in urban Sub-Saharan Africa.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricityand 2/5 of the African population on average does not have access to a reliable supply of electricity even when connected to the grid. Concerning the access to clean water, it is estimated that 17% of the urban sub-Saharan population does not have access to a sanitary source of water.

ENGIE Africa is looking for solutions for access to electricity and clean water that align with any of the following goals:

·         Providing affordable, fast-deployed and efficient access to energy/water as a service for families in urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa

·         Taking advantage of digital solutions through mobile economy, efficient payment platforms and powerful data platforms

·         High growth potential offering the opportunity to replicate the model elsewhere

Earnings and Benefits for the selected projects: 

·         Funding of a testing phase : the winner will be able to test the efficiency and viability of his solution in the relevant environment, within the Engie Africa business framework over a period of 12 months

·         Based on the results of the testing phase, the integration within the Engie Africa business portfolio and further co-development of the project.

Detailed description:

ENGIE Africa is a long-term partner for Africa’s growing energy needs. It has over 50 years of experience on the continent and employs 3,000 people of which 98% are Africans.  ENGIE now has over 3,000 MW of energy capacity,  it is a leader in energy services and provides clean off-grid electricity to more than 2 million people.

Africa’s business context is particular and needs new models and technologies which are tailored to its specific needs.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricity and 2/5 of the African population on average does not have access to a reliable supply of electricity even when connected to the grid. ENGIE Africa recognizes the enormous potential of off-grid solutions and aspires to give access to off-grid green electricity to 30 million people by 2025, but also to improve the access to reliable power to those connected to the grid. Concerning the access to clean water, it is estimated that 17% of the urban sub-Saharan population does not have access to a sanitary source of water.

Specifically for these reasons, ENGIE Africa is looking for solutions for access to electricity and clean water that align with any of the following goals:

Providing affordable, fast-deployed and efficient access to energy/water as a service for families in urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa
Taking advantage of digital solutions through mobile economy, efficient payment platforms and powerful data platforms
High growth potential offering the opportunity to replicate the model elsewhere

Eligibility and selection criteria: 

·         Innovative nature of the solution

·         Technology Readiness

·         Maturity of project/solution: the solution must exist physically at the time of application. Projects at the concept stage will not be selected

·         Coherence of the proposed business model

·         Feasibility/ economic viability

·         Ability to launch project quickly / Ease of implementation

Urban Power and Clean Water Solutions in Sub-Saharan Afric

WebsiteENGIE

ENGIE Africa would like to hear from innovators and startups who are developing new technologies and service based solutions to improve reliable access to energy and clean water in urban Sub-Saharan Africa.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricityand 2/5 of the African population on average does not have access to a reliable supply of electricity even when connected to the grid. Concerning the access to clean water, it is estimated that 17% of the urban sub-Saharan population does not have access to a sanitary source of water.

ENGIE Africa is looking for solutions for access to electricity and clean water that align with any of the following goals:

·         Providing affordable, fast-deployed and efficient access to energy/water as a service for families in urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa

·         Taking advantage of digital solutions through mobile economy, efficient payment platforms and powerful data platforms

·         High growth potential offering the opportunity to replicate the model elsewhere

Earnings and Benefits for the selected projects: 

·         Funding of a testing phase : the winner will be able to test the efficiency and viability of his solution in the relevant environment, within the Engie Africa business framework over a period of 12 months

·         Based on the results of the testing phase, the integration within the Engie Africa business portfolio and further co-development of the project.

Detailed description:

ENGIE Africa is a long-term partner for Africa’s growing energy needs. It has over 50 years of experience on the continent and employs 3,000 people of which 98% are Africans.  ENGIE now has over 3,000 MW of energy capacity,  it is a leader in energy services and provides clean off-grid electricity to more than 2 million people.

Africa’s business context is particular and needs new models and technologies which are tailored to its specific needs.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricity and 2/5 of the African population on average does not have access to a reliable supply of electricity even when connected to the grid. ENGIE Africa recognizes the enormous potential of off-grid solutions and aspires to give access to off-grid green electricity to 30 million people by 2025, but also to improve the access to reliable power to those connected to the grid. Concerning the access to clean water, it is estimated that 17% of the urban sub-Saharan population does not have access to a sanitary source of water.

Specifically for these reasons, ENGIE Africa is looking for solutions for access to electricity and clean water that align with any of the following goals:

Providing affordable, fast-deployed and efficient access to energy/water as a service for families in urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa
Taking advantage of digital solutions through mobile economy, efficient payment platforms and powerful data platforms
High growth potential offering the opportunity to replicate the model elsewhere

Eligibility and selection criteria: 

·         Innovative nature of the solution

·         Technology Readiness

·         Maturity of project/solution: the solution must exist physically at the time of application. Projects at the concept stage will not be selected

·         Coherence of the proposed business model

·         Feasibility/ economic viability

·         Ability to launch project quickly / Ease of implementation