Driving the Electric Revolution: Building Talent for the Future 2

Key Features

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £4.5 million for innovative skills, talent, and training projects for Power Electronics, Motors and Drives (PEMD). This funding is from the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge.

Programme:     Innovate UK

Award:     Share of up to £4.5 million

Opens: 11th Mar 2022

Closes: 27th Apr 2022

! This scheme is now closed


Innovate UK’s Driving the Electric Revolution challenge, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £4.5 million in projects building talent for the future.

The aim of this competition is to create and deliver course content and materials that will support skills, talent and training across Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) manufacturing and supply chains. The purpose of this is to build awareness of PEMD and fill key gaps in the UK’s workforce talent and training capabilities.


This competition is to create and deliver course content and materials that will support skills, talent and training across PEMD manufacturing and supply chain; building awareness of PEMD and filling key gaps in the UK’s workforce talent and training capabilities.

Your project must demonstrate:

  • strong industrial links and a well-defined industry focus
  • an understanding and awareness of the PEMD industrial skills that are currently lacking and possible future requirements to enable the workforce
  • an innovative, ambitious and realistic idea to meet a significant PEMD talent requirement
  • planning for, and commitment to, creating and maintaining the resource on an ongoing basis for a minimum period of 3 years after project completion
  • that you will provide new opportunities not already available to the UK, a region or group of underrepresented people
  • that it has the capacity and capability to be delivered successfully and on time
  • value for money and evidence a return on investment, in terms of trained, upskilled and reskilled people
  • compatibility with the PEMD Skills Hub

You can:

  • produce content and material for outreach, engagement and learning purposes
  • conduct PEMD outreach and engagement exercises to individuals, academia, industry and other groups
  • generate and deliver course material or facilitate the running of courses
  • provide training or incentives for training to specific groups of underrepresented people or in specific training subjects

This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

Specific Themes

Your project must focus on one or more of the following:

  • defining and filling key gaps in the UK’s PEMD manufacturing and supply chain workforce and training capability
  • producing industry compatible training programs in PEMD
  • promoting skills in design for manufacture and design for assembly
  • increasing interaction between academia or training establishments and industry to ensure skills streams for the future, including apprenticeships, internships, sandwich courses
  • delivering academic courses or practical training areas such as: schools’ engagement, upskilling and reskilling of existing workforce, technical courses and vocational training, undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development (CPD)
  • improving the quality and capacity of existing training delivery
  • outreach and engagement material focusing on PEMD for all ages and levels in academia and industry
  • supporting and promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion within PEMD technology training, manufacturing, or research
  • providing training or incentives for training to specific underrepresented groups of people or in specific training subjects


Your project

This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

Your project must:

  • have total project costs of no more than £50,000
  • start by 1 October 2022
  • last between 6 and 12 months
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, research organisation, research and technology organisation (RTO), academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, or public sector organisation
  • demonstrate clear industrial support for your application, covering a cross section of technologies and sectors
  • work in, or have strong industrial ties with the PEMD sector

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK registered:

  • business of any size
  • research organisation
  • research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • academic institution
  • charity
  • not-for-profit
  • public sector organisation

Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account.

If collaborating, the lead and at least one other organisation must request funding by entering their costs during the application.

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

You can use apreviously submitted application to apply for this competition.


Innovate UK are not funding projects in this strand that:

  • involve primary production in fishery and aquaculture
  • involve primary production in agriculture
  • are not allowed under De minimis regulation restrictions
  • are not allowed under Minimal Financial Assistance
  • are not related to PEMD skills
  • are PEMD CR&D projects
  • are dependent on export performance
  • are dependent on domestic inputs usage
  • concern maintenance, servicing mechanics or aftermarket support
  • have total project costs in excess of £50,000

Funding Costs

Innovate UK have allocated up to £4.5 million to fund projects across both strands of the Building Talent for the Future 2 competition.

You can claim up to 100% of your total eligible costs, up to a limit of £50,000.


Interested in applying for this competition?

Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.