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

March 2019

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 AfricaEast AfricaWest AfricaSouthern 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 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 2019Responses to be expected by:22 March2019
Submission deadline for A1 or A227 March 2019
Notification of results8 April 2019 
Full proposal (for shortlisted applicants)Questions relating to full proposalLast questions to be received by:19 April 2019Responses to be expected by:26 April 2019
Submission deadline for Technical Proposal B1 or B2 and Financial Proposal3 May 2019
Notification of results24 May 2019