UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million in grant funding for innovation in electric vehicle battery technology.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £10 million
Opens: 28th Sep 2020
Closes: 9th Dec 2020
The ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £10 million in innovation projects across the Feasibility Study and R&D strands of the Faraday Battery Challenge. These will be to support innovation in the design, development and manufacture of batteries for the propulsion of electric vehicles.
The aim of this competition is to accelerate innovation in battery technology for the propulsion of electric vehicles by supporting business led feasibility studies. This will draw on the most exciting, high potential impact, early stage research where a 12 month feasibility study can catalyse the route to commercialisation.
Your proposal must clearly show how this feasibility study will accelerate the development of technologies or business practices which have the potential to significantly advance the performance characteristics of batteries for electric vehicles.
Your project must:
The goal of the challenge is for the UK to become a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles. We expect successful projects to increase productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK businesses.
Your project can focus on technological improvements or developing new business models across the battery value chain, but not limited to:
Your project can be focused on battery technology development for automotive applications and sectors outside automotive.
Potential sectors include:
Your project can focus on one or more of the following:
This competition is not funding projects which focus on:
To lead a project your organisation must:
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:
You’re encouraged to include a partner with expertise in scaling of battery technologies.
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project.
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs into the Innovation Funding Service during the application.
Your project can include partners 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.
Up to £10 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects across the Feasibility Study and R&D strands of the Faraday Battery Challenge.
If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
For feasibility projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 50% 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 total eligible costs or 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. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request.