Design for Everyday Energy Efficiency – Call no. 3

Are you an entrepreneur looking for funding to developing smart energy services and products? You can now apply for financial support from the Design for Everyday Energy Efficiency programme. This call for applications covers about SEK 10 million and will close on 22 May 2019.

How we live and all the choices we make in daily life, how we live and travel, what we eat and what we buy all have an impact on energy consumption and the environment. The programme Design for Everyday Energy Efficiency is based on the roles of both individuals and groups in the energy system, and combines energy research and development with design and behavioural science. The goal is to develop smart energy business models, services, products and knowledge that makes it easy to live in an energy efficient and sustainable way.

As part of this call for applications, the programme is offering financial support to companies developing smart energy services and products. One requirement is the use of design and behavioural science in the project.

Why design and behaviour?

Design is a process based on people’s needs, habits and behaviours, where the user perspective remains in focus throughout the development process. Energy research and innovation that makes use of design and behavioural science can enable services and products that really match people’s genuine needs, habits and behaviours.

Who can apply?

Companies are welcome to apply for financial support as part of this call. Support will only be granted as part of this call to projects where a company is the main applicant and main recipient – i.e. businesses that, regardless of legal form, carry out economic activities. Economic activity refers to businesses that provide goods or services to a market.  The Swedish Energy Agency also encourages different project constellations, such as partnerships between companies and university colleges, universities and other relevant entities. Non-economic entities may be granted support within the scope of this call, but not in cases where they are the main applicant or main recipient.

This call will be open between 27 February and 22 May 2019.

Focus of the call: technology and innovation for resource efficiency

The programme has two research and innovation areas: Knowledge and competency and Technology and innovation for resource efficiency. This call is aimed at projects that focus on the strand Technology and innovation for resource efficiency.

The project should contribute to the fulfilment of the following goals:

  • It should be simple and appealing to different groups of individuals to design, control, check and automate their energy supply, energy storage and energy use.
  • There are technical solutions, products, services and business models designed on the basis of design-led thought and knowledge of people’s behaviour that support people in making sustainable, energy efficient choices while maintaining or raising their quality of life.
  • Swedish industry is a leader in terms of technical solutions, products, services and business models based on design-led thought and people’s behaviour that boost the role of the individual as well as their influence in an energy efficient, sustainable society.

This call will be open for applications between 27 February and 22 May 2019, 23:59.

When can I apply?

This call is open for applications between 27 February and 22 May 2019. Projects that are granted support may not start earlier than 1 September 2019 and may last until 31 December 2021 at the latest.

How do I apply?

 You can apply using the Swedish Energy Agency’s application system E-kanalen. Remember to request login details well in advance of starting your application. You may wish to download the Word file Application form for research support (in Swedish), which you can use you to prepare your application. Once you are ready, you can then copy and paste each part into E-kanalen.

Link to the calls page at the Swedish Energy Angency’s web site – English version of the full call available in the links to the right