Request for Proposals: Transforming Energy Access – Learning Partnership (TEA-LP)

8 March 2019 | News

The Transforming Energy Access – Learning Partnership (TEA-LP) project aims to support the development of multidisciplinary postgraduate academic curricula at African higher education institutions to bridge the skills gap in Africa’s rapidly-growing energy access sector. TEA-LP invites proposals from African universities to receive financial and technical support for the development of energy access themed curricula, at postgraduate level, with a view to developing graduates with the skills and competencies to help grow the energy access sector.

Selected universities will receive financial and technical support and work with the University of Cape Town to develop their curricula. TEA-LP will run from July 2019 to December 2021, by which time the new curricula should be finalised and accredited (or in the process of receiving full accreditation), and ready to be rolled out for new students. An amount of £600,000 is available to be allocated directly to at least six partner universities, in addition to technical support, workshops, mobility funding and networking opportunities.

Proposals can be submitted for the development of a postgraduate module/ course or a new postgraduate degree programme with a multidisciplinary focus on energy access. We invite responses from departments and faculties at registered public or private African universities with some experience in one or more of the many disciplines relevant to the energy access sector, including (but not limited to):

  • Engineering
  • Renewable energy
  • Commerce
  • Policy and governance
  • ICT
  • Social science
  • Development studies

Note that joint proposals between more than one tertiary institution are also invited, in the case of full degree programmes. Please note that preference will be given to universities based in the following DfID priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Central Africa

East Africa

West Africa

Southern Africa


Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)






Côte d’Ivoire





Sierra Leone






A two-stage competitive selection process will be undertaken: interested universities are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI). Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal, including a technical and financial proposal.

The documents related to this Request for Proposals include:


The timeframe for this call is as follows:




Expression of Interest (EoI)





If you have queries, please email them to 

Last questions to be received by:

19 March 2019

Responses to be expected by:

22 March2019

Submission deadline for A1 or A2

27 March 2019

Notification of results

8 April 2019 

Full proposal (for shortlisted applicants)






Questions relating to full proposal

Last questions to be received by:

19 April 2019

Responses to be expected by:

26 April 2019

Submission deadline for Technical Proposal B1 or B2 and Financial Proposal

3 May 2019

Notification of results

24 May 2019


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