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SME Credit Round 2 – electrode and cells

Fund Name

UKBIC SME Credit Round 2 - processing for electrode and cells

Project Length

3-9 months

Project Value

£100k - £1m



Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation will work with Faraday Battery Challenge to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation scale-up projects.

This competition stream is for processing for electrode and cells; projects must build and secure the UK supply chain for battery technologies.

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Fund details

The aim of this competition is to:

  • support a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise’s (SME) research and development for the scale-up of battery technologies within the UK
  • support an SME to access the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) and demonstrate technologies at suitable scales to customers
  • increase engagement with UKBIC
  • move UK battery innovations from technological potential towards commercial capability
  • develop and secure material and manufacturing supply chains for battery technologies in the UK

Your project must demonstrate that you have developed or proven your innovation to a technology readiness level (TRL) 5 or above.

Specific themes

Your project must focus on one or more of the following:

  • complete electrode and cell manufacturing process
  • electrode manufacturing processes at scale
  • new electrode formulations at scale, line compatibility to be confirmed dependent on specific solvent, either water or NMP and material
  • proving electrodes or other cell assembly processes at scale, for example, electrode only includes mixing and coating, calendering and slitting
  • developing cell-to-module and pack assembly processes and associated testing
  • testing process measurement and control systems on the UKBIC cell manufacturing process line, while considering integration for closed-loop control of processes
  • using novel software analytical methods for manufacturing and call formation data generated from UKBIC internal programmes only, with opportunities to leverage data generated from several internal runs at
  • UKBIC to support your innovation while still retaining your intellectual property (IP)


  • have total costs between £100,000 and £1 million
  • last between 3 and 9 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • start by 1 July 2024 and end by 31 March 2025
  • To lead a project your organisation must be a UK-registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • An SME can only submit one application

For your experimental development project, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to 45% as a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

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