MECS Challenge Fund

The MECS Challenge fund provides early-stage research funding to stimulate innovations in modern energy cooking technology and systems and support the advancement of technology-based cooking energy products, processes and services in low-income countries.

The challenge fund will run as a series of competitions, each with their own focus and objectives. The competitions will be open to companies of all sizes, businesses including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, academia and other organisations, to support research projects which could lead to enabling a safe and efficient modern energy cooking system. 

The challenge fund can only be accessed via one of the open competitions. Details of each competition opportunity will be made available on these pages so please check back regularly for updates. We will also make announcements in the MECS newsletter and on social media.

Competition Open! – The Modern Energy Cooking Services Technology Research for International Development (MECS -TRIID) competition is open. We are looking to fund early-stage research projects in support of innovative ideas or concepts that facilitate a transition to modern energy cooking services in low income economies. There are 4 themes for the competition;

  • Theme One: Energy storage for modern energy cooking services
  • Theme Two: Grid and infrastructure adaptability;
  • Theme Three: Alternative fuels; and
  • Theme Four: Delivery models, including Business models, Gender, Accessibility (for example in relation to groups, such as people with disabilities) and Inclusion in MECS

All of the documents for MECS-TRIID can be found here

If you are interested in learning more about the MECS-TRIID challenge fund we will be hosting 2 webinars. The first is on Thursday 18th April at 08:30 BST. You can register your interest here. A second webinar will be hosted on Tuesday 30th April at 14:00 BST. You can register your interest here.

You can also register your interest in receiving information about future MECS Challenge Fund competitions by completing the form below. Please note that by completing this form you are agreeing to be kept informed about the MECS Challenge Fund. Your details will not be used for any other purposes. If you wish to join the MECS mailing list to be kept up to date on all MECS activities more broadly you need to sign up to the MECS newsletter mailing list.

Pre-register for the Challenge Fund Competition here

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