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EPSRC Reference: EP/S003053/1
Title: The Faraday Institution
Principal Investigator: Thomas, Professor PA
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Department: Grants Administration
Organisation: The Faraday Institution
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 January 2018 Ends: 30 September 2023 Value (£): 133,829,729
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Storage
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy Transport Systems and Vehicles
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Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
08 Sep 2017 ISCF Institute Interviews - 8th September 2017 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form

The battery is the most important component of electric vehicles, determining performance, range, vehicle packaging, cost and vehicle lifetime. The automotive industry is a UK success story, employing 814,000 people and turning over £77.5bn per year. The UK is home to Europe's largest automotive battery and EV manufacturer. Our automotive industry is committed to the transition from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles, preserving and expanding jobs and prosperity. The UK will not succeed if it has to rely on Asian or US supply chains for batteries. It will not succeed by simply catching up with today's lithium batteries. We must leapfrog current technology by carrying out more effectively and at scale basic research in batteries and then translating it more seamlessly into innovation and manufacture. This is the ambition of the Faraday Challenge, announced and funded by government, with its three elements: the Faraday Institution (research), Innovate UK (development) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (industrialisation). The Faraday Institution, in particular, must invest in the UK science and engineering base so that it drives innovation, delivering leading edge battery technology for Britain.

We propose to establish the Faraday Institute headquarters (FIHQ) as an independent organization, based at Harwell, the centre of UK science, and with a satellite office at the National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility once completed. It will not belong to any University or group of universities, nor be aligned with particular companies. It will be a UK resource. The FIHQ will be governed by an independent board drawn from academia, industry and independents. It will contain an Expert Panel bringing together in one organisation the UK knowledge base in batteries. The Expert Panel will translate industrial needs for better batteries into specific research challenges and scope calls for proposals from the University sector to carry out research to meet these challenges. It will support intellectual leadership to the Research Projects within the universities, review the projects, advise the board on allocation and reallocation of resources and stop/start of projects. Dedicated personnel will work to ensure research with the greatest scope for exploitation is transferred to innovation and ultimately manufacture. Intellectual property will be owned by the universities but pooled, forming a portfolio of battery IP with a value greater than the sum of its parts. The headquarters will run a training programme. This will include are PhD cluster with the students placed in the universities alongside the FI Research Projects but also with a strong cohort ethos across the Faraday institution. Training for industry and government will be a strong element of the FIHQ activities. . By carrying out strategic research in batteries as a nationally managed portfolio and with greater scale and focus, we will not only enhance the quality and capacity of UK battery research, but also establish the UK as the go to place for leading battery technology. By doing so we will supporting the future UK manufacturing industry, jobs and prosperity.
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