Greg Clark announces Faraday Institution

3 October 2017

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy sign outside of office

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The Faraday Institution, a new multi-million pound research institute, has been announced by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The Institution will be the UK’s independent, national institute for battery research and will drive and accelerate fundamental science and its translation into developing battery technologies.

The Institution’s founding universities are: University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, Newcastle University, University of Oxford, University of Southampton, UCL, and the University of Warwick. The Institute will have its administrative offices at the Harwell Science and Innovation campus.

Announcing this major investment in the UK’s research base Mr Clark said: “Through the Faraday Research Challenge we are cementing our position as the ‘go-to’ destination for battery technology so we can exploit the global transition to a low carbon economy.

“The institute will have a critical role in fostering innovative research collaboration between our world-leading universities and world-beating businesses to make this technology more accessible and more affordable.”

The Institute’s administrative centre will be at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus - one of the world's most important science and innovation locations with a growing reputation in space and satellite applications, life sciences and healthcare technology, big data and supercomputing, energy and environment, advanced engineering and materials. It is a public private partnership between Harwell Oxford Partners, U+I Group PLC, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the UK Atomic Energy Agency (UKAEA).

The Faraday Institution is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). For full details on the Faraday Institution please see the EPSRC website.

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