UK registered businesses of any size can apply for a share of up to £22 million for research into supply chain development for power electronics, electric machines and drives.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £22 million
Opens: 8th Mar 2021
Closes: 30th Jun 2021
ISCF will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £22 million in innovation projects. These will be to support the government’s green industrial revolution in transport, energy and industrial sectors.
The aim of this competition is to facilitate the UK’s niche and volume supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD).
Your proposal must help the UK to achieve the objectives of the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge and have a significant impact on the PEMD supply chain in the UK to support the UK’s drive towards net zero.
The aim of this competition is to address key research and development opportunities in the UK power electronics, machines, and drives (PEMD) supply chain to support the UK’s drive towards net zero. This is to facilitate UK niche and volume supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in PEMD.
By niche supply chain Innovate UK mean low volume, high value. By volume supply chain Innovate UK mean high volume, high efficiency.
Up to £22 million will be invested in business-led, supply chain focused, innovation projects that enable future improvements in:
Your project outputs should ideally have potential for cross-sector impact. Your outputs must:
Innovate UK want to see a range of project sizes and durations from £500,000 to £5 million and from 18 months to 36 months duration.
Innovate UK want to fund a portfolio of projects across multiple sectors.
The Challenge Director reserves the right to make sure that the portfolio of successful projects will have the greatest positive impact to the UK’s PEMD supply chain.
Your project can focus on the following areas:
Manufacturing process development, such as:
Design for manufacture, such as:
Innovative end-of-line testing and product validation processes:
Circular economy, including:
This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Other PEMD supply chain improvements may be in scope. To discuss the scope please email email@example.com at least 10 days before the close date of this competition.
Innovate UK have allocated up to £22 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
If your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
Research organisations can claim 100% of their total eligible project costs.
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
Your project must:
If your project’s duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes.
To lead a project your organisation must:
Research organisations cannot lead projects.
The make-up of your project team must include at least 3 layers of an existing or new supply chain. When choosing supply chain partners for the project team, you must make sure that supply side and demand side are both represented.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
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 and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.
Your project can include other collaborators that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in question 4 for why you could not use suppliers from the UK.
You must also provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you.
Innovate UK expect all subcontractor costs to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs. Innovate UK will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
Innovate UK are not funding: