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Driving the Electric Revolution - Building Talent for the Future Competition

22 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UK registered organisations can apply for funding for innovative skills, talent, and training projects.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Innovate UK (IUK)
Maximum value:
£ 25,000
Application deadline:


Delivering funding from the Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, this competition is administered by Innovate UK (IUK); the UK's innovation agency. IUK works with people, companies and partner organisations to de-risk, enable and support innovation, and promote UK economic growth. IUK is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) - a non-departmental public body, funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government through the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Objectives of Fund

Electric and hybrid vehicles, domestic appliances and other applications are creating a considerable need for next-generation power electronics, electric machines and drives (PEMD). For the UK to be able to design, develop and manufacture these products, it requires skilled people across all levels.

Innovate UK’s Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge is now investing in projects building talent for the future. The aim of this competition is to fund several ideas that quickly fill immediate gaps in skills, talent and training for the PEMD industry.

Proposals must deliver a clear game-changing intervention, which would realistically and significantly meet a UK PEMD talent requirement.

Value Notes

IUK has allocated a total of up to £250,000 to fund innovation projects in this competition.

Applicants can claim 100% grant against their total eligible project costs from £10,000, up to a maximum grant of £25,000. Projects must start on 1 February 2022, end on 30 April 2022 and last up to three months.

If the total eligible project costs are more than £25,000, only the maximum grant limit of £25,000 can be claimed.

Match Funding Restrictions

Not required.

Who Can Apply

This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations. UK registered businesses of any size, research organisations, charities or public sector organisations can lead a project. They must carry out the project work in the UK.

To collaborate with the lead, the organisation must be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit organisation, public sector organisation, research organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO).


IUK is not funding projects:

  • That involve primary production in fishery and aquaculture.
  • That involve primary production in agriculture.
  • Not allowed under De minimis regulation restrictions.
  • Not allowed under Special Drawing Rights (SDR).
  • Relating to the purchase of road freight transport.
  • Dependent on export performance.
  • That are dependent on domestic inputs usage.
  • Claiming more than £25,000 grant.
  • Purely focused on batteries.

Some overlap on batteries will be acceptable for broader high level electrification proposals.

Eligible Expenditure

IUK wants to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of key needs and gaps in UK PEMD workforce skills, talent and training capabilities. Projects must focus on one or more of the following:

  • Supporting and promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion within PEMD technology training, manufacturing, or research.
  • Outreach and engagement material focussing on PEMD for all ages and levels in academia and industry.
  • Defining and filling key gaps in the UK’s PEMD workforce and training capability.


United Kingdom

How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Open: Monday 9 August 2021
  • Competition closing date: Wednesday 15 September 2021 (11:00 BST).

Applicants are encouraged to read the general guidance for applicants to help their chances of submitting a quality application.

Those requiring more information should contact the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email [email protected]

More details can be accessed here

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Competitions Helpline
    Innovate UK (IUK)
    Polaris House
    North Star Avenue
    SN2 1FL
    Tel: 0300 321 4357
    Email: [email protected]

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