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Faraday Battery Challenge (Feasibility studies)

Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
Up to £1.5 million


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 which have the potential to significantly advance the performance characteristics of batteries for electric vehicles.


Your project must:

  • Have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £1,000,000
  • Plan to end by 31 March 2022
  • Last between 3 and 12 months

Any project building on the outputs or outcomes of previously funded Innovate UK project/activity must clearly show a significant value-add and exploitation from the former project. The new project must also:

  • Be distinct in scope and costs from any previous, ongoing or concurrent projects.
  • Clearly show a significant value-add and exploitation from the former project
  • Be distinct in scope and costs from any previous, ongoing, or concurrent projects.

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • Be a UK registered business of any size
  • Collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research and technology organisations (RTO), public sector organisations or charities

Applicants are encouraged to include a partner with expertise in scaling of battery technologies.


Your project must:

  • Be able to progress following the end of the project either by other funding or internal investment
  • Have a clear route to scale beyond the project to meet the requirements of your target market
  • Plan to have real-world applications and meet the appropriate sector’s cost, performance and regulatory targets
  • Show a thorough understanding of the system your technology will fit into
  • Consider end of life implications
  • Support the overall goal of the Faraday Battery Challenge

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 one or more of the following themes:

  • Cost reduction - at the cell and pack level, as well as minimising manufacturing costs
  • 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 - by enabling 2nd life, design for end of life, reuse, or recycling
  • Technologies enabling the efficient design, development, or manufacture of batteries
  • Next generation battery technologies such as Li metal anodes
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