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Faraday Battery Challenge (Innovation R&D)

Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
Up to £1 million


The aim of this competition is to support the research and development of the most promising innovative battery technologies for the propulsion of electric vehicles, building on the outputs of previous activity to accelerate towards commercialisation.

To do this, Innovate UK are encouraging 2 types of projects through this competition:

  • New projects building on the outputs and outcomes of previously funded Innovate UK projects or activities
  • New projects building on internal activity within the organisation

Your project must clearly demonstrate a significant value-add and exploitation from a preceding feasibility study, collaborative research and development project or previous non-grant-funded activity.


Your project must:

  • Have total eligible costs between £300,000 and £1,500,000
  • 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


Your project must:

  • Show a clear route to market beyond the end of this project, including how you intend to scale your technology for your chosen market, either through private funds, investment or late stage research and development competitions
  • Show that you can realistically produce the technology at a price the market is willing to pay when it is commercialised
  • Show how the future supply chain will be developed, or how your project contributes to this supply chain
  • Plan to have real-world applications and meet the appropriate sector’s 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 
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