UK businesses can apply for a share of £23m to work on innovation projects to design, develop and manufacture batteries for the electrification of vehicles.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to £10.5m
Opens: 22nd Jan 2018
Closes: 28th Mar 2018
This scheme is now closed
This competition is the second round of innovation funding for the Faraday Battery Challenge, part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.
Projects must support the overall goal of the Faraday Battery Challenge. This goal is for the UK to become a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles. Successful projects will increase productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK businesses.
In line with the objectives of the Faraday Battery Challenge, we are looking to fund projects that address the following technical and supply chain challenges:
cost: cost reduction at the cell and pack level
energy density: increasing Wh/kg per cell
power density: increasing kW/kg per pack
safety: eliminate thermal runaway risks for enhanced safety
first life: lengthen cell and pack life
temperature: broaden the
temperature ranges that a pack efficiently operates at
predictability: new models to better predict range and battery health
recyclability: towards 95% pack recyclability, such as by design, reuse or recycling
innovation in cell, module and pack production
integration of cells into modules, packs and vehicles
battery management systems
enabling fast charging
projects that stimulate and broaden innovation in the manufacture, performance and supply of materials (such as electrodes, electrolytes, binders, separators, current collectors, cell casings and components for cell integration into modules and packs)
The competition particularly encourages applications that:
show a clear path towards manufacture and commercial opportunity, at scale, in the UK
focus on maximising UK return from the battery supply value chain, for example in the manufacture and IP related to electrodes
support all aspects of the UK’s automotive sector battery supply chain, including niche vehicles and off highway
have a clear focus on commercialisation in the UK at high volume
bring new investment and new businesses in to the sector in the UK
To be eligible for funding you must:
be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
carry out your project work in the UK
intend to exploit the results from the UK
work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base or third sector)
All projects must involve an SME
Innovate UK via the Faraday Battery Challenge has allocated up to £23 million to fund collaborative research and development projects in this competition.
Projects should address the technical and commercial challenges identified in the scope section. Projects must clearly show how their technology is drawing from fundamental research and can be scaled up. You should show how the project builds a future UK supply chain for automotive traction battery applications.
Your project’s total costs should be between £500k and £15m. Projects should last up to 30 months. expect projects to be completed by March 2021.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to 70% if you are an SME.
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to 45% if you are an SME.