Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) Second Global Innovation Call


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden, Duke Energy Corporation, the Government of Germany, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

For More Information

The Board Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation for PAEGC’s second Global Innovation Call is administered by USAID. Please carefully review this solicitation for information on eligible costs, restrictions on project funding, cost-sharing requirements, budget information, information required at each stage of the application process (stages 1-3), intellectual property requirements, and eligible countries of implementation.

For a tutorial on “Concept Note Submission” or “Applicant Registration”, please refer to the Useful Links menu options on the Online Application Platform.


This call is seeking proposals for innovative technologies and business models at the intersection of clean energy and agriculture in developing countries. The PAEGC supports new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of Clean Energy Solutions that increase agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries. Such solutions are those that integrate clean energy technologies and business models to: (i) Enhance agricultural yields/productivity; (ii) Decrease post-harvest loss; (iii) Improve farmer and agribusiness income generating opportunities and revenues; and/or (iv) Increase energy efficiency and associated savings within the operations of farms and agribusinesses – while stimulating low carbon economic growth within the agriculture sectors of developing countries.


Applicants from a wide range of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations and institutions are encouraged to apply, including academic institutions.

Funding Availability

PAEGC anticipates disbursing $10,000,000 - $20,000,000 USD (approx. 10 – 20 individual awards)

Maximum Project Value

  • Window 1 Awards (Clean Energy Solution – Design): up to $500,000|
  • Window 2 Awards (Clean Energy Solution – Scale-up/Commercial Growth): from $500,000 to $2,000,000 USD

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

up to 3 years

Special Notes

This application consists of a 3-stage process: (i) Concept Note Submission, (ii) Full Proposal Submission (by invitation only), (iii) Presentation to Innovator Evaluation Board (by invitation only).


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

CONCEPT NOTES - INTERNAL DEADLINE to Office of Research Services: Please submit your Concept Note, along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca  two weeks in advance of the anticipated submission date to the sponsor (note: this call is open from December 8, 2014 to February 12, 2015). If submitting proposals to meet the external deadline of February 12, 2015, the internal deadline to the Office of Research will be January 29, 2015.

External Deadline

CONCEPT NOTES - EXTERNAL DEADLINE to sponsor: Concept Notes will be received from Monday, December 8, 2014 to Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. EST

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted externally using an Online Application Platform
  • Please contact the Office of Research to obtain further instructions regarding the online submission process
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