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New MECS challenge fund ‘Sparking the Cooking Supply Chain’ (MECS-SC2) to be launched

3rd August 2022

The Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) challenge fund provides research funding to stimulate innovations in modern energy cooking technology and systems. In addition, MECS supports the advancement of innovative clean energy cooking products, processes, and services in low-income countries that are appropriate and acceptable to users.

The new ‘Sparking the Cooking Supply Chain’ (MECS-SC2) competition is the latest in a series of challenge funds that the MECS programme has engaged with.  Previous funds have prompted innovation, early research, and piloting, all of which seek to rapidly accelerate the transition from biomass to clean cooking, particularly modern energy cooking services, on a global scale. MECS-SC2 competition builds on this progression of interest by seeking to explicitly strengthen electric cooking supply chains. This new competition enables the MECS programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) and delivered by Loughborough University, to address key barriers to electric cooking uptake by understanding what works and what doesn’t in terms of supply chain activation.  Launching on 12th August 2022, the competition seeks to fund research projects that will deliver a minimum of 1,500 energy efficient electric cooking appliances into homes or businesses.   

To pre-register your interest in applying for MECS-SC2, subscribe for challenge fund updates here.


Featured image, top: electric pressure cooker (image credit: CREEC, 2022).