SMEP launched the Piloting technology solutions that address manufacturing pollution in East Africa call on July 18th, 2022. The deadline for submitting concepts was September 15th, 2022, 23:59 GMT. Submitted concepts are currently under evaluation. Applicants shortlisted for the Request for Proposals stage will be informed by mid-November 2022.

Under this call, SMEP seeks to fund concepts that pilot innovative investible pollution mitigation concepts that create viable business cases around the thematic areas set out below.

Find the Market  Assessment reports on these themes below:

  1. 1. SMEP Organic Pyrolysis Market Assessment
  2. 2. SMEP Membrane Technology Market Assessment 
  3. 3. SMEP Anaerobic Digestion Market Assessment

Funding allocations available

SMEP intends to fund three to six concepts to deploy pilots in the manufacturing sector, each receiving funding of between GBP 250,000.00 to 1 million, to deploy pilots in a manufacturing set-up starting April 2023. The pilots will run for 18–36 months. Earlier start dates may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

SMEP has developed a voluntary platform to support collaboration opportunities amongst interested parties. This platform is accessible through the Submissions Portal – Voluntary Contact Form. The details provided through this process will be treated with confidentiality. SMEP will only facilitate introductions amongst interested parties who register their details. Please contact procurement@smepprogramme.org should you wish to share your availability to collaborate with other partners or if you wish to discuss the nature of the collaboration opportunity sought to develop a concept proposal. Note that the collaboration platform is open and visible to all parties who sign up for the platform.

Refer to the Terms of Reference for detailed information on the scope of the procurement, as well as the application guidelines.


Open Capital Advisors (OCA) has been contracted by SMEP PMA to support the procurement process. OCA will be available to facilitate local engagement and clarification of the Terms of Reference.

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