Pillar 1: External research funding and capacity-building

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LEAP-RE is based on 3 programmatic pillars. Pillar 1 focuses on external research funding and capacity-building implemented through open calls for proposals. The calls for proposals are addressed to research and innovation operators (academic teams, companies, etc.) and  will focus on the themes identified in 6 roadmaps developed in the programme preparatory phase.

These calls for research and innovation projects are funded by 15 European and African research and innovation funding agencies and by the EU.  The coordination of this pillar is ensured jointly by the ANR (France) and the MESRS (Algerian Ministry of Research).

6 Multi-Annual Roadmaps

The open calls implemented in Pillar 1 will focus on 6 themes, which have been identified during the programme preparatory phase, PRE-LEAP-RE. These roadmaps focus on key topics in order to make the development of renewable energy sustainable and efficient: innovation priorities, smart-grid and off-grid systems, productive and domestic uses, access to energy, recycling, etc.

Multi-annual Roadmap #1

Evaluation of priority joint research and innovation actions for next step development of renewable energy systems

Multi-annual Roadmap #2

End-of-life and second-life management and environmental impacts of renewable energy components

Multi-annual Roadmap #3

Smart stand-alone systems to ease the access to energy in all its forms

Multi-annual Roadmap #4

Smart grid (different scale) for off-grid application solutions capable of integrating a diverse mix of Renewable Energy Sources for supply to small and medium-sized communities

Multi-annual Roadmap #5

Processes and appliances for productive uses to prioritize boosting small-scale farmers’ productivity and incomes in the agricultural production stage and creating off-farm employment in expanding segments of food supply and value chains

Multi-Annual Roadmap #6

Innovative solutions for priority domestic uses (clean cooking and cold chain) to address challenges related to traditionnal cooking systems, and promoting sustainable biomass harversting and collection

13 Projects selected to join Pillar 1

In January 2021, LEAP-RE launched a ‘Call for AU-EU Collaborative Research and Innovation projects on Renewable Energy’. The Call resulted in 124 applications being received from candidates including compagnies, non-profit associations, research labs, foundations and more from 38 African and European countries. 36 pre-proposals were pre-selected, 32 were submitted, and 13 proposals were finally selected for funding.

The 13 projects were chosen after a year-long selection process, involving an international review panel and a coalition of funding agencies from within the LEAP-RE consortium, and are starting in 2022.

HYAFRICA

Towards a next-generation renewable energy source – a natural hydrogen solution for power supply in Africa

LEDSOL

Enabling clean and sustainable water through smart UV/LED disinfection and SOLar energy utilization

MG-FARM

Smart stand-alone micro-grids as a solution for agriculture farms electrification

NANOSOLARCELLS

Integration of photonic conversion layers based on photoemissive nanostructured materials for improving sunlight harvesting ability of solar cells

OASES

Development and Demonstration of a Sustainable Open Access AU-EU Ecosystem for Energy System Modelling

PYROBIOFUEL

Sustainable biomass conversion into bioenergy through pyrolysis

QDSOC

Environmentally friendly colloidal quantum dots for high performance solar cells

RESTART

Implementing a full value chain for recycling End-of-Life (EoL) Lithium-Ion Battery (LiBs) and Photovoltaic (PV)

SIREVIVAL

Si-based devices for renewable energy: From end of life recycling to revival of photovoltaic modules

SoCoNexGen

Solar Indoor Cooking Systems of the Next Generation

SOLAR INDUCE

SOLAR INDUCEed domestic clean efficient cooking and refrigeration for off-grid applications in Africa

SOLCHARGE

Decentralized Solar Charging System for Sustainable Mobility in rural Africa

SUNGARI

A modern solar cooking solution for African staples

LEAP-RE Joint Call 2022 for AU-EU collaborative research and Innovation projects on Renewable Energy

After a succesful Call in 2021, the LEAP-RE Joint Call 2022 will fund basic research, applied research and experimental development projects that are 12-24 months long.

Gathering several African and European funding agencies (members of the LEAP-RE consortium) and the European Commission, the Call will select projects focusing on the 6 multi-annual roadmaps listed above. Particular attention will be given to strengthening the impact of R&I supported activities for the well-being of the society, in Europe and in Africa.