CEO, Neil Morris, looks back at what we’ve achieved in 2018 and ahead to what 2019 will bring.
The first anniversary of the publishing of the Industrial Strategy White Paper was two weeks ago. This makes the Faraday Institution just over one year old. And we’ve come a long way in that year. From an organisation of a handful of people working out of a cold attic in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, we’ve set up the legal, administrative and physical structure of the organisation and established a permanent headquarters and strong management team. But more importantly, our four initial research projects are fully up and running. The 8-month review demonstrated that the projects are poised to deliver results in 2019. The numbers associated with these projects are impressive: they are valued at a total of £42m, draw on the skills of around 200 researchers at 20 leading universities and involve 30 industry partners.
I thank each of you for all for your hard work that has enabled this progress. Everywhere I go, at Harwell, out with the research projects, or visiting current or future industry partners, I see people in new positions hitting the ground running. That is very gratifying to see as our mission, to make the UK the world leader in electrochemical energy storage research, is such an important one.
I am confident that 2019 will be another exciting year in the history of our organisation. And as I write this note we are finalising the subject areas of the Round 2 projects with our Expert Panel and the Board of Trustees. We plan to issue a call in January 2019 and are likely to ask for initial proposals to be submitted in February. Keep a look out for the call.
In 2019 we will build on the success of our 8-month review with further community-building centred around our progress meetings. I hope that all researchers have the opportunity to attend at least one of our large cross-project meetings in 2019 and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible there.
I wish you all an enjoyable winter break. Have a wonderful time with your family and friends after a busy year and come back in January recharged and ready to make a difference in 2019.