2016 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development ($USD 1 Million Grant)

Application Deadline: July 15th 2016

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2016 UN-DESA Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development. The thematic focus for the 2016 Grant is “Energy for Sustainable Transport”.

The 2016 Grant seeks to advance sustainable development by encouraging scientific and technological innovations and fostering leadership initiatives and innovative actions that improve energy for sustainable transport, 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 energy for sustainable transport, 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.


To apply for or to be nominated to the Grant, the candidate should be:

  • A person or an organization in legal existence that shares and observes the purposes and principles of the United Nations;
  • In no financial distress of any kind ;
  • Under no threat of significant litigation or prosecution;
  • Capable of demonstrating, through leadership and innovative initiatives and actions, tangible results and impacts at the local, national, regional or global levels in advancing energy for sustainable development, in a manner that is consistent with the three dimensions of sustainable development and the vision, objectives and criteria of the Grant;
  • Implementing, for a minimum of three years, initiatives and actions that may relate, but are not limited, to the increased use of new and renewable energy resources, other low-emission technologies, more efficient use of energy, greater reliance on advanced energy technologies, including cleaner fossil fuel technologies, and the sustainable use of traditional energy resources, to meet the growing need for reliable, affordable, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound energy services in the longer term to achieve sustainable development and poverty eradication; and
  • Committed to, and capable of, supporting the Grant’s future capacity building work.
  • Outside of the United Nations system.

Apply Now for the 2016 UN-DESA Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 UN-DESA Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development.


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