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Open 4 Business Portal

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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


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IUK Launches Fourth Round of Faraday Battery Challenge

28 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Innovate UK (IUK) is to invest up to £10 million in innovation projects through the fourth round of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Faraday Battery Challenge. Its goal is to support business-led research and development in the design, development and manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles.

The funding is split into two competitions, running in parallel. In one competition, IUK is investing in projects to accelerate innovation in battery technology by supporting business-led feasibility studies. In the parallel competition, support is provided for the research and development of the most promising innovative battery technologies, building on the outputs of previous activity to accelerate towards commercialisation.

To lead a project, the organisation must be a UK registered business of any size. The lead must collaborate with other UK registered businesses, academic institutions, research and technology organisations (RTOs), public sector organisations or charities. IUK encourages applicants to include a partner with expertise in scaling of battery technologies.

Total eligible costs for feasibility studies must be between £100,000 and £1 million. Total eligible costs for R&D projects must be between £300,000 and £1.5 million. Projects must plan to end by 31 March 2022 and last between 3 and 12 months.

Both competitions are now open and the deadline for applications to be received is 9 December 2020 (11:00 GMT).

How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Open: 28 September 2020
  • Competition closing date: 9 December 2020 (11:00 GMT)

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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