ISCF Faraday Challenge - Call for Establishment of a Batteries Research Institute

Please note: All consortia interested in applying to this call must make their interest known to EPSRC by no later than 17.00 on 04 August 2017.

EPSRC invites submission of proposals from UK university consortia to establish an internationally recognised virtual institute to lead in research, education and knowledge transfer in line with the Industrial Strategy Faraday Challenge "Batteries for Britain". This funding call is part of the Government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). This is not a standard EPSRC funding call and the remit is unique to this call.

The successful consortia will lead, shape and define a strategic programme of fundamental application driven research which must aim to achieve significant outputs in the area of battery technologies which can be translated through innovation and scale up activities. Within the remit of the Research Institute will be the scoping and running of subsequent research funding calls in this area, through national and international engagement with academic and industrial communities. Further to this the Institute will be responsible for developing a world leading training programme which will define the future research landscape and fulfil the developing needs of the UK to have a significant number of skilled individuals in this area.

The core consortia members must have attended the briefing meeting which took place in London on 12 July 2017. This does not restrict subsequent University partners from joining the consortia prior to final proposal submission.

The objectives of the institute will be to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of novel battery technologies which will underpin our ability to be world leading in the area of energy storage. The institute will provide a national hub to promote research and its translation to address challenges in the automotive sector and the wider energy storage area.

As part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge fund the UK government has committed a total of £246 million to March 2021 to establish the UK capability in this area. This funding is unique as it covers the complete innovation pipeline from fundamental research (EPSRC) to translation technologies (IUK) and scale up activities (APC). As part of this wave of funding £78 million will be administered through EPSRC to include the formation of the institute and to kick start the first tranche of research activities.

It is envisaged that following the formation of this institute and the appointment of a Research Institute Director that the institute will retain a significant portion of the aforementioned EPSRC funding to allocate to subsequent waves of funding with reference to the relevant governance structures of the wider programme.

Proposals will be assessed at an interview stage by an expert panel.