Driving the electric revolution – building talent for the future




Competition opens: Monday 9 August 2021

Competition closes: Wednesday 15 September 2021





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


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.


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.



Background and further information


The world is turning electric across every sector of society, from energy generation for our homes, travel by road, rail, air or sea, and how things are made. Electric and hybrid vehicles, domestic appliances and other applications are creating a massive need for next-generation power electronics, electric machines and drives (PEMD).


For the UK to be able to design, develop and manufacture these products, we need to have skilled people across all levels.

The Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge was launched in July 2019 by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

Driving the Electric Revolution is an investment of £80 million. It was set up to help UK businesses seize the opportunities presented by the transition to a low carbon economy. The challenge aims to create world leading supply chains in the UK and expertise for the manufacture of power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) across multiple sectors. This is part of a larger effort across many technologies and sectors to catalyse the government’s green industrial revolution in transport, energy, and industrial sectors, aligned to the ten-point plan.