The assessors will score your answers to questions 2 to 6, question 1 is not scored. You will receive feedback for each scored question.
Do not include any URLs in your answers unless we have explicitly requested a link to a video.
Your answer to each question can be up to 400 words long.
Question 1. Applicant location (not scored)
You must state the name of your organisation along with your full registered address.
We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all participants of a project.
Question 2. Proposed idea or technology and technical project summary (scored out of 20)
Describe how your concept and the technical project summary meet the requirements of the competition, and how they align to the requirements and challenges of the target overseas market.
You must include:
- what the innovation is
- how you will address the specified innovation opportunity
- the research and development that will prove the commercial merit of the project
- what might be achieved by deploying the innovation to address the selected challenge
You must submit a letter of support from your partner in Australia, Canada or India, as an appendix to support your answer. This must be a PDF, no larger than 10MB and up to 2 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
This question will be scored against this assessment criterion: “How does the concept and the technical project summary meet the requirements of the competition, and how do they align to the requirements and challenges of the target overseas market?”
Question 3. Project plan and methodology (scored out of 10)
Describe your project plan and identify the main milestones.
The emphasis throughout should be on practicality. We are seeking evidence that the technology works, can be made into a viable product and can achieve the proposed benefits.
You must describe or explain:
- what resources will be needed to deliver the project
- the technical deliverables you will offer as part of your feasibility study
- what the main success criteria would be
- the identified project management processes that will ensure you achieve the milestones
- the main technical, commercial and environmental risks and what you will do to mitigate them
- how you would handle any IP issues which might arise during the project
Indicate your required payment schedule by month.
Please ensure that if you are working with subcontractors you explain how you will maintain freedom to operate and fulfil the IP requirements detailed in the contract.
You must upload a project plan or Gantt chart as an appendix in PDF format no larger than 10MB and up to 2 A4 pages. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Your milestones must be:
- defined using SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound) criteria
- associated with the appropriate deliverables and payments
This question and the milestones entered under the Finance section will be assessed against these assessment criteria: ‘Does the proposal show a clear plan for establishing technical and commercial feasibility? What are the main technical, commercial and environmental risks to project success? Will these be effectively managed? Are the milestones and success criteria procedures appropriate?’
Please note information from the finances section will be used to support the assessment of this question. Proposed milestones and associated payments stated in this section must match those entered in the finance summary on your application.
Question 4. Technical team and expertise (scored out of 10)
Provide a brief description of your technical team. Include the expertise of each team member or subcontractor that is relevant to your application, outlining why they are critical to the project’s success and how much of their time will be spent on the project.
This question will be scored against this assessment criterion: ‘Does the applicant have the skills, capabilities and experience to deliver the intended benefits?’
Question 5. Costs and value for money (scored out of 10)
How much will the project cost? How does it represent value for money for the team and the UK taxpayer?
Describe or explain:
- the total eligible project costs, inclusive of VAT, you are requesting in terms of the project goals
- how this project represents value for money for you and the UK taxpayer
You can submit a single appendix as a spreadsheet no larger than 10MB and up to 2 A4 pages long to support your answer. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Costs quoted must reflect actual costs at a “fair market value” and not include profit.
SBRI is a procurement of R&D services. If successful you will receive a contract to deliver the proposed activity. You will submit an invoice for the work undertaken. If you are VAT registered, your total costs are expected to include VAT that you would charge as a service provider. VAT is the responsibility of the invoicing business, and applications are expected to list total costs inclusive of VAT.
If you are not VAT registered, then you must give your costs without VAT. You will not be able to increase invoice values to cover VAT after you have submitted an application.
We cannot provide VAT advice and advise you to seek independent advice for example from HMRC.
Full Economic Cost (FEC) calculations are not relevant for SBRI competitions. SBRI is a competitive process and applications will come from a variety of organisations. Whatever calculation you use to arrive at your total eligible project costs your application will be assessed against applications from other organisations. Bear this in mind when calculating your total eligible project costs. You can include overheads but remember that this is a competitive process.
The assessors are required to judge the application finances in terms of value for money. In other words, does the proposed cost for effort and deliverables reflect a fair market price? They will score your finances against this assessment criterion: ‘Are the budget and costs realistic, justified and appropriate for the aims and methods?
Please note information from the finances section will be used to support the assessment of this question. Proposed costs stated in this section must match those entered in the finance summary on your application.
Question 6. Commercial potential (scored out of 20)
Describe how you would realise the commercial potential of your proposal and to what timescales, including a clear plan to deliver that and a route to market.
You must focus on your proposed customer’s needs but you may also mention the future commercial potential across the public or private sector and the international market.
You must outline your capability to deliver to an export market.
How far is the challenge you are addressing relevant to the innovation opportunity specified for Australia, Canada or India?
Describe the competitive advantage that your proposal has over existing or alternative technologies that meet market needs.
This question will be scored against these assessment criteria: ‘Is there a clear commercial potential for a marketable product, process or service and a clear plan to deliver that and a clear route to an export market? How significant is the competitive advantage of this technology over existing technologies that meet the market’s needs? Does the team have the potential to export?