Faraday Institution launches new Industry Fellowship programme

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To foster relationships between industry and academic researchers

HARWELL, UK (January 29, 2020) – An innovative new programme launched by the Faraday Institution today will strengthen ties between industry and academic battery researchers in the UK with the aim of establishing or enhancing collaborative research with the potential for near- and longer-term benefit to the UK battery industry.

Faraday Institution Industry Fellowships will enable academics (whether working on Faraday Institution research projects or not) and industrialists to undertake a mutually beneficial and collaborative energy storage research project. University researchers or members of UK industrial organisations are invited to apply for fellowships to advance a defined research project with commercial potential or which solves a critical industrial problem in an area that falls within the Faraday Institution’s remit of electrochemical energy storage research.

It is intended that the fellowship will enable a university researcher to work on a collaborative project in an industry setting, or a scientist employed in industry to work on a project within a university department. The personal and corporate links established by the fellow are likely to seed longer-term collaborations between the two sectors in the UK as well as contributing to the fellow’s career development.

The Faraday Institution’s mission is to accelerate breakthroughs in energy storage technologies to benefit the UK in the global race to electrification. It does so by researching improvements to battery performance and reliability, building capabilities of academic researchers, so creating economic value for the UK. The Industry Fellowships is its latest initiative to forge links between industry and academia. Other programmes include:

  • Entrepreneurial Fellowships, that facilitate the creation of new business opportunities that have emerged from energy storage research programmes, and
  • Industry Sprints, that build closer industry relationships into the Faraday Institution where specific short-term research needs have been identified by an industrial partner, which lie within the broad scope of Faraday Institution research projects and which are of wider interest to industry.

For further details, and to download an application form click here.

For more information on the Faraday Institution, visit faraday.ac.uk or follow @FaradayInst on twitter.


Notes to Editors

Powering Britain’s battery revolution, the Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage science and technology, supporting research, training, and analysis. Bringing together expertise from universities and industry, the Faraday Institution endeavours to make the UK the go-to place for the research and development of the manufacture and production of new electrical storage technologies for both the automotive and wider relevant sectors.

The first phase of the Faraday Institution is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of UK Research and Innovation through the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Headquartered at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, the Faraday Institution is a registered charity with an independent board of trustees.

The ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge is to develop and manufacture batteries for the electrification of vehicles – £274 million over four years – to help UK businesses seize the opportunities presented by the move to a low carbon economy. The challenge will be split into three elements: research, innovation, and scale-up.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.

Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation.

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to bring together the UK’s world leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. The fund was created to provide funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years. It was designed to ensure that research and innovation takes centre stage in the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. It is run by UK Research and Innovation.

UK Research and Innovation works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £7 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

Posted on January 24, 2020 in Press Release

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Louise Gould is a marketing and communications professional who has centred her career around technology-based organisations. She joined the Faraday Institution after 5 years as Marketing Communications Manager at the renewable fuels company Velocys. View her biography here https://faraday.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Louise-Gould-Nov-2018.pdf


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