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Driving the electric revolution – building talent for the future UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £250,000 for innovative skills, talent, and training projects. This funding is from the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge Eligibility This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations. To lead a project or work alone your organisation must be a UK registered: business of any size charity public sector organisation research organisation Opening soon Opens: 9 August 2021 Closes: 15 September 2021

Programme: Innovate Uk

Award:

Opens: 9 August 2021

Closes: 15 September 2021

Description

Innovate UK’s Driving the Electric Revolution challenge, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £250,000 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 power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) industry.

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

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding type

Grant

Project size

Your project’s total eligible costs can be between £10,000 and £25,000. The maximum grant you can claim is £25,000.

Who can apply

Your project

Your project must:

  • start on 1 February 2022
  • end on 30 April 2022
  • last up to 3 months
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

We expect projects to have total eligible project costs of between £10,000 to £25,000.

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

Lead organisation

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, research organisation, charity or public sector organisation
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Project team

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK registered:

  • business of any size
  • academic institution
  • charity
  • not-for-profit
  • public sector organisation
  • research organisation
  • research and technology organisation (RTO)

Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.

If collaborative the lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.

Subcontractors

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

Subcontractors must be based in the UK for the duration of the project and their portion of the project work must be carried out in the UK. You must select them through your usual procurement process.


We expect all subcontractor costs to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs.

Number of applications

A business, research organisation, charity or public sector organisation can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications.

If a business, research organisation, charity, not-for-profit, RTO or public sector organisation is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to 3 applications.

Previous applications

You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

We will not award you funding if you have:

Special Drawing Rights (and De minimis where applicable)

The UK-EU Trade Cooperation Agreement (TCA) has agreed on small funding allowances under the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).

These are for awards up to SDR of 325,000 (approximately £335,000) given to a single beneficiary over a rolling 3 fiscal year period.

You must complete and provide Innovate UK with a declaration as part of your response in question 1.

The declaration asks you to tell us about any awards, including those made under De minimis and SDR, (from any source of public funding) over a rolling 3 fiscal year period.

If you have received an award under De minimis for the same period, this will be added to your total allowance under SDR. This means that the total award must not exceed approximately £335,000 (325,000 SDR) for any one organisation. You must declare this allowance to any other funding body who requests it.

EU Commission rules now only apply in limited circumstances. Please see our general guidance to check if these rules apply to your organisation.

Further information

Further information about the UK Subsidy Control requirements can be found within the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation agreement and the subsequent BEIS guidance. Or you can see our general guidance on Special Drawing Rights and EU de minimis awards.

If you are unsure about your obligations under the UK Subsidy Control regime or the De minimis rules, you should take independent legal advice. We cannot advise on individual eligibility or your legal obligations.

If there are any changes to the above requirements that mean we need to change the terms of this competition, we will tell you as soon as possible.

Eligibility overview

Here is a diagram showing a summary of eligibility.

This is a new way of showing you eligibility. Your feedback will help us to improve it.

Eligibility Tree Driving the Electric Revolution _ Skills.pdf (opens in a new window)

Funding

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

You can claim 100% grant against your total eligible project costs from £10,000, up to a maximum grant of £25,000.

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the Company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under European Commission De minimis.

If you are applying for an award funded under European Commission Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.

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