The aim of this competition is to provide funding to establish a power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) skills hub.
This skills hub will be a platform for the UK’s PEMD educators and training providers, showcasing, organising and signposting to their training courses and educational materials across all levels.
The hub will give learners and businesses impartial information and access to the UK’s PEMD training courses and educational materials in one place. This will allow learners and businesses to understand what competencies they need, and find the training courses to develop these.
Your proposal must include all of the following:
The hub must:
- Design, develop and deliver an online platform that provides information about PEMD training courses, educational materials and career path development in the UK
- Curate, collate and organise easy to access online and face-to-face education and training material
- Engage young people and others outside the PEMD workforce to raise awareness
- Develop a distinctive and identifiable brand
- Develop a competency framework for the whole PEMD workforce, supporting a competency-based approach for career path and job role planning
- Create a system of recording and recognising cross-institutional achievements of learners with a verifiable and secure means
The hub must:
- Connect course providers with employers and learners to deliver education and training to new learners, professionals already working in PEMD, and those wanting to develop expertise in specialist areas
- Build partnerships with educators and training providers across all levels
- Build a database of existing education and training courses, and future courses
- Build relationships across all sectors of the PEMD industry to understand and advise skills competencies and training need
- Encourage learners to consider careers in the UK’s PEMD industry
- Provide a UK wide solution that also works at a regional level
- Have an active leadership role in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) for PEMD skills, with an effective EDI strategy to address challenges relevant to the topics and communities of the hub
3.Supporting operational activities
The hub must:
- Provide a sustainable and long-lasting service to the UK’s PEMD community
- Operate for at least 10 years
- Be able to provide the necessary operational investment from your own means to financially support the hub for the remaining period after the grant draw-down has ended
- Acquire commercial licensing agreements and a mechanism to share training content and education material
- Monitor and report to the DER Challenge and other stakeholders on the performance of the platform
- Analyse data on course availability, training demand, employer needs and required skill sets and competencies, to identify and advise on gaps to the DER Challenge team and other stakeholders
The Driving the Electric Revolution team reserves the right to approach and agree with projects’ changes of scope during the project lifecycle.
Innovate UK have allocated up to £1million to fund a single project in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
If the majority of your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
You could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
- Up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
- Up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
- Up to 50% if you are a large organisation
If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 100% of the total eligible project costs.
You could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
- 80% of full economic costs (FEC) if you are a Je-s registered institution such as an academic
- 100% of your eligible project costs if you are an RTO, charity, non-profit organisation, public sector organisation or research organisation
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
- Require ISCF funding for new buildings or capital infrastructure to be built
- Are not related to PEMD skills
- Are PEMD CR&D projects
- Focus on skills and training material or course development
- Are claiming in excess of the £1million grant limit
- Are dependent on export performance
- Are dependent on domestic inputs usage
Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.
Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.
We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.