As part of the mission to accelerate breakthroughs in energy storage technologies and help the UK be a leading nation of vehicle electrification, a new fellowship program has been launched that will enhance relationships between industry and academic researchers.
The innovative program was announced by the Faraday Institution, a UK independent institute for electrochemical energy storage science and technology, to forge greater links to establish and boost collaborative research between UK academic battery researchers and 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 organizations 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 potential of the program could result in near and long benefits to the UK battery industry through researching improvements to battery performance and reliability, building capabilities of academic researchers, so creating economic value.