Catalyzing Innovation and Partnership

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Innovation and experimentation are critical in accelerating the clean energy transition. USAID cultivates new solutions, tests new ideas, and scales what works.
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Innovation and experimentation are critical in accelerating the clean energy transition. USAID cultivates new solutions, tests new ideas, and scales what works.

USAID is passionate about embracing a new model of development that taps into the expertise, resources, and innovations of a diverse array of organizations across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that can bring groundbreaking solutions.

SURE Innovation Fund

Open innovation and competition are key to solving big problems. USAID seeks collaborators to help us identify current and emerging problems to scale up renewable energy. We invite donors and companies to co-invest with us on promising solutions, pilot projects, business models, and initiatives.

USAID’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) Innovation Fund creates opportunities to forge new partnerships with local, U.S., and international partners, leverages private and public resources, and taps into innovative solutions that accelerate partner countries’ transition to a clean energy economy. SURE identifies alignment opportunities with the private sector and jointly explores and advances high-impact private sector-led approaches. By harnessing the power of innovation and partnership, we can accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy while making electricity more affordable, reliable, accessible, and sustainable.

Please check back soon for updates on events, grant, and subcontract opportunities.

If your organization is interested in partnering or co-investing with us, contact Sarah Lawson or Amanda Valenta.

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Through the Scaling Up Renewable Energy program, USAID helps partner countries power economies with renewable energy, meet international climate commitments, and open markets to private investment and competition.
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2017–ONGOING, GLOBAL – USAID’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) program helps partner countries meet bold climate commitments by accelerating their transition to more affordable, reliable, and accessible energy that spurs growth, powers health systems, and reduces emissions.

Through SURE, USAID provides a variety of services to help policymakers, utilities, and regulators plan, procure, and integrate renewable energy, modernize energy sectors, and create policies that enable sustainable energy markets to flourish. As more countries aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and reduce hazardous waste, SURE’s Innovation Fund supports clean energy technology, energy efficiency innovation, and a circular economy for renewable energy equipment.

Last updated: June 14, 2022

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