Apply now for the US$ 1 Million UN DESA Energy Grant

UN DESA has opened applications for its 2017 Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development. The thematic focus this year is Sustainable Energy for Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World.

“This focus is of great relevance as it addresses critical issues that will help accelerate progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those reflecting the multiple roles that energy plays in eradication of poverty through advancements in health, education, water supply, industrialization and combating climate change, among others,” said UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo.

The 2017 Grant seeks to advance sustainable development by encouraging scientific and technological innovations and fostering leadership initiatives and innovative actions that improve sustainable energy for eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity, while addressing economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Applications are open to individuals, institutions or partnerships based on past and current achievements. Successful recipients should be able to demonstrate leadership and innovation in sustainable energy for eradicating poverty, as well as willingness and ability to implement knowledge transfer through capacity building activities aimed at replicating and scaling up successful experiences and lessons learned.

The Grant carries an award of one million US dollars to fund such capacity building activities.


Applications are accepted online only. To access the online application form, please see

For eligibility requirements and selection criteria, please see

Applications must be submitted in English by 15 June 2017.

For queries and additional information, please send emails to

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