Faraday Battery Challenge Round 6: collaborative R&D
Up to £10m is available to demonstrate or accelerate state of the art battery technologies in the UK, grow the supply chain & increase UK competitiveness.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £10 million in innovation projects across the two strands of this competition. This funding is from the Faraday Battery Challenge (FBC).
The aim of this competition is to:
- accelerate development and commercialisation of state of the art battery technologies in the UK
- support growth of the supply chain and companies in the UK battery sector
- increase UK competitiveness in the global battery industry
- demonstrate ability of battery technologies to meet the needs of specific applications
This competition is split into 2 strands:
- Faraday Battery Challenge Round 6 Innovation: Feasibility Studies (project costs £100k-£750k, lasting 3-12 months)
- Faraday Battery Challenge Round 6: CR&D (this strand: project costs £300k-£2.5m, lasting 6-15 months)
It is your responsibility to ensure you submit your application to the correct strand for your project. Innovate UK KTN’s Batteries team can advise if in doubt.
Projects for both strands must be collaborative, and must involve at least one SME.
To lead a project your organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size
- collaborate with other UK registered organisations
- be or involve at least one grant claiming micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:
- business of any size
- academic institution
- not for profit
- public sector organisation
- research and technology organisation (RTO)
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition, but are not considered to be collaborators.
A UK registered business can lead and be included as a collaborator on any number of applications.
An academic institution, RTO, charity, not for profit or public sector organisation can collaborate on any number of applications.
Your project must:
- have total costs between £300,000 and £2.5 million
- start on 1 November 2023
- end by 31 January 2025
- last between 6 and 15 months
- carry out all of its project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
You must demonstrate how your technology will address at least one of the following battery performance metrics:
- reduce cost at the cell and pack level, as well as minimising manufacturing costs
- increase energy density (Wh/kg) at cell and pack level
- increase power density (W/kg) at cell and pack level
- increase safety by reducing or eliminating thermal runaway risk
- increase first life by lengthening cell and pack life
- broaden the temperature ranges that a pack efficiently operates at
- increase predictability by developing ways to better predict range and battery health
- increase recyclability by designing for end-of-life or reuse and improving recycling techniques
- increase sustainability by reducing carbon emissions, energy consumption and improving resource efficiency
We are particularly interested in funding projects that will enable:
- a competitive and sustainable nickel-rich UK battery supply chain
- high performance, high-value, modest volume applications where UK has established and emerging strength
- low cost, appropriate energy density solutions, at pack level, for applications requiring lower performance and low cost
- greater than 350Wh/kg energy density at pack level
- improved fast charge capability for specific applications
- high cycle life and reduction of battery degradation
- battery safety to enable higher performance
- total end to end life cycle sustainability, including reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions, across the battery supply chain and throughout battery life
- increased equipment manufacturing capability for state of the art batteries within the UK
- enhanced digital capability across the battery value chain, for example big data and AI for materials discovery, design optimisation and performance verification and digitisation of the end to end bill of process or of provenance and state
For CR&D we encourage applications that:
- support development and qualification of battery technology supply chains in the UK
- prove technology for specific applications
- prove cell material and component performance at module and pack level
Your project must target performance requirements for automotive applications. This includes:
- on and off-highway vehicles
- medium and heavy goods vehicles
- passenger cars and vans
Your project can:
- target applications with performance requirements that are related to automotive performance requirements
- develop breakthrough technologies that have the potential for widespread sectoral adoption.
You must clearly demonstrate your understanding of the performance synergies and route to market in your application.
Your project must focus on one or more areas of the battery value chain:
- raw materials
- cell materials and cell components
- modules, packs, battery management systems and their components
- recycling and second life
Your project activities may require one of the following:
- an Environmental Permit (England and Wales)
- an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland and Northern Ireland) Permit
- a Waste Management Licence (Scotland and Northern Ireland)
- compliance with the Waste Battery and Accumulator Regulations (UK)
Further information can be found here:
Check if you need an environmental permit – GOV.UK
Environmental management : Environmental permits – detailed information – GOV.UK
Get an opinion from the definition of waste service – GOV.UK
Innovate UK reserves the right to share information regarding your grant application with the Environment Agency where Innovate UK perceives there to be a need for environmental compliance documents in place in order to conduct project activities.
Innovate UK KTN will hold an online briefing on Tuesday 17th May, 10am-12:30pm. Click here to register for a place. A recording will be available shortly afterwards.
If you would like help to find a collaboration partner, contact Innovate UK KTN’s Batteries team.