Driving the Electric Revolution: Supply Chains for Net Zero

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £22 million for innovation projects focused on supply chain development for power electronics, electric machines and drives (PEMD) to support the UK’s drive towards net zero. Interested? Feel free to contact us!

Dates:

Competition deadline: 30th June 2021, 11am

Invite to interview: 30 August 2021 (interviews commencing 13th September 2021)

Applicants notified: 01 October 2021

Project start date & duration: Projects must start by 1st February 2022 and last between 18-36 months

Scope

Projects must be supply chain focused, with innovations that enable future improvements in: Productivity, Capacity; Quality; and Efficiency.

Specific Themes

Manufacturing process development, such as:

  • innovations and approaches to improve manufacturing productivity
  • implementation of an innovative new tool into a process line
  • automation of a specific process
  • reconfiguring a process line in an innovative way to improve productivity or flexibility

Design for manufacture, such as:

  • designing, redesigning, prototyping a product for more efficient and cost effective manufacture
  • specification of a manufacturing process
  • virtual process development (VPD) including improvements in modelling and simulation software
  • developments which enable products to be manufactured with recycling taken into consideration

Innovative end-of-line testing and product validation processes:

  • scale-up and/or automation of testing and validation processes, with an aim of increasing productivity
  • supply chain improvements

Circular economy, including:

  • scale-up of processes for the recycling and recovery of materials from end-of-life PEMD products
  • lifecycle and embedded carbon analysis with a view of process improvement
  • waste reduction and process energy efficiency improvements

Projects that will not be funded

  • projects that do not demonstrate a credible return on investment
  • projects focussed around batteries
  • projects dependent on export performance or domestic inputs usage

Eligibility

  • State aid funding rules apply
  • Must be collaborative and led by a UK registered business of any size
  • Project work must be carried out in the UK with results exploited from or in the UK

Funding Rates

  • Total eligible project costs between £500,000 and £5 million
Project maturity (up to but not including commercialisation)
Organisation size Industrial Research (TRL3-5) Experimental Development (TRL 6-7)
Micro/small business Up to 70% Up to 45%
Medium sized business Up to 60% Up to 35%
Large business Up to 50% Up to 25%
  • Research organisations will be funded up to 100% and can share up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs.

Need help?

Please contact us for further information on the funding scheme, to discuss a project or how we can support you with an application.

More details and other funding opportunities from Innovate UK can be viewed here.