Up to £12 million per annum for up to Four Awards is available from the Faraday Institution as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Faraday Battery Challenge. This call invites Outline proposals from researcher consortia (normally of up to five institutions) interested in research projects in four challenge areas, which have been identified through a set of five regional workshops attended by ~200 people from industry, policy and academia. The four research topics are:
- Next generation Li-ion cathode materials;
- Electrode manufacturing;
- Next generation Na-ion batteries;
- Alternative cell chemistry beyond lithium ion batteries.
The outline proposals must be from multi-disciplinary consortia directed to carrying out fundamental research at scale that will “move the dial” of knowledge and understanding in addressing the specific issues within the topics defined above. It is anticipated that experts from outside the battery field will be required as part of each consortium. Each consortium must be led by a Principal Investigator who is an internationally recognised leader in the field and supported by a Project Leader with experience of delivering research and who will have daily responsibility for driving the research forward. In addition, the project should include resources to provide planning and finance support required for a program of this scale.
Projects need to have a 48-month ambition. An amount of ~£12 Million per annum is available for the four Awards. Initial funding will be for the period to 31 March 2021, with further funding dependent on the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review.