UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £23 million for R&D projects focused on de-risking the scale up of battery development technology. This funding comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £23 million
Opens: 17th Sep 2018
Closes: 12th Dec 2018
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest up to £25 million in innovation projects.
The aim of this competition is to support business led R&D in the design and development of batteries for electric vehicles. Projects must emphasise:
The funding is split into 2 competitions running in parallel. In this competition they expect to invest up to £23 million in industrial research and experimental development projects. In the other competition they expect to fund up to £2 million in feasibility studies.
Your project must improve the scalability and manufacturability of batteries for automotive in some way. It can involve development for other sectors, such as rail, marine, aerospace, defence or other applications, as long as an element of the technology could also be applied to automotive.
Your project can focus on technological improvements or developing new business models. We encourage projects that bring new investment and new businesses into the sector in the UK.
Your project must:
You must develop the understanding and processes needed to scale your technology following the end of the project. Innovate UK are looking to support projects that address technical and commercial challenges, including:
Your proposal must demonstrate how your project will improve the manufacturing readiness level (MRL) of your technology. Your project can either focus directly on improving the MRL, or it can create manufacturing processes or supply chain enhancements that will lead to an improved MRL. You can do this by developing:
Your project must:
To be eligible for funding you must:
We have allocated up to £23 million to fund industrial research and experimental development projects in this competition.
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:
Your total project costs can be between £500,000 and £15 million. Your project can last between 3 and 18 months. It must start by 1 September 2019 and end by 31 March 2021.
They will not fund projects focused on: