The Faraday Institution launches new Industry Fellowship programme to foster relationships between industry and academic researchers

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, 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.