The assessors will assess your answers for questions 2 to 9. Your answers to questions 1 and 10 are not scored as they are for monitoring only.
Your answer to each question can be up to 400 words long. Do not include any URLs in your answers unless we have explicitly requested a link to a video.
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. Problem and opportunity
Define the problem the innovation is aiming to solve and the opportunity that could be realised in solving it.
Question 3. Project summary
Provide a short summary of your project.
Describe or explain:
- how it meets the scope of the competition
- the experience and capability to deliver their part of the project of each partner or subcontractor
- why each partner is best placed to develop the idea further
- the potential users of your innovation
- your understanding of the potential users needs in relation to the challenge
You must download and complete the slide template provided to create a single ‘Project on a slide’ plus a single slide ‘Postcard from the future’ which will be made publicly available if successful. When completed you must upload the template as a PDF appendix to this question. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
You must also upload an appendix detailing the relevant skills and experience of each partner and subcontractor and the role that they will be fulfilling in the project. It must be a PDF, no larger than 10MB, with a maximum of one page per partner. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
You must upload a video to YouTube or Vimeo. You must provide a link to your video and any passwords to allow access to it, in your answer to this question. Please ensure your video is ‘unlisted’ in the privacy settings.
Your video must be no longer than 60 seconds. In your video you must summarise:
- the problem you are addressing
- your idea in providing a solution
- the benefits it will bring to customers
If we are unable to view your video or it is not hosted on Vimeo or YouTube, your application will be made ineligible. The video must remain available until 30 June 2022.
More information on how to create an unlisted video on YouTube and Vimeo.
If you are having problems uploading your video to YouTube or Vimeo, you must contact email@example.com at least 10 working days before the competition closes for advice.
Question 4. The big idea
How does your proposal address the aims described in the competition scope?
Provide a brief description of your proposed idea, technology, or service.
Describe the current state of development or readiness of the idea and the current and proposed IP arrangements.
Question 5. Innovation justification
How have you researched similar projects elsewhere nationally and internationally? What learnings have you gained?
Clearly demonstrate your idea is truly innovative and should not be funded elsewhere within the price control or considered as part of business-as-usual activities.
You can submit a single appendix as a PDF containing tables of similar projects, images, and diagrams to support your answer. It can be no larger than 10MB and up to 2 A4 pages long.
Question 6. Impact and benefits
How will your idea deliver benefits to consumers?
How will your idea reduce CO2?
How do you expect to quantify the market benefits of your innovation? Use indicative metrics where possible.
Using your chosen metrics, describe and explain, where applicable:
- economic benefits resulting from the project to your users and any other parts of the supply chain, broader industry, and the UK economy, such as productivity increases and import substitution
- impact on government priorities and any associated benefits with this
- environmental impacts, either positive or negative
- any expected regional or wider energy supply resilience benefits
- impacts on consumers of the whole energy system (both individuals, and collectively), including those considered to be vulnerable or experiencing fuel poverty
- quantitative measures you expect to use
Question 7. Project plan and milestones
What is your project plan? What are your milestones?
We expect you to be flexible in the delivery of this phase in line with an agile approach to working.
Outline your project approach:
- describe the main work packages of the project for phase 1, indicating the lead resource or subcontractor (where appropriate) assigned to each plus the relevant success criteria
- describe the main risks to the successful delivery of the project and any plans to mitigate these risks
- explain any major constraints you have identified within, regulatory, commercial, and technical constraints.
You must submit a project plan as an appendix to support your answer.
You must also submit a risk register including identification of major constraints with regulatory, commercial, and technical constraints, including your mitigation actions.
You can also upload an additional appendix to include images and diagrams illustrating your project approach, known barriers including regulatory or commercial.
Each appendix must be PDF, can be up to 1 A4 page long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
This will be used to inform your contractual deliverables to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority, which will be set out in the project direction.
Question 8. Route to market
How will your idea become business as usual within your network and across the other networks?
If your idea becomes viable after the Beta phase of the project, how will you enable procurement and utilisation of your innovation across the UK and internationally?
You must download the template and read the guidance included. When completed, you must upload all investment need executive summaries as a single PDF no larger than 10MB in size as part of your answer to this question.
For each non-licensee project partner, please provide an indication of their need for investment either before, during or after the project.
It is the responsibility of the lead applicant to ensure that all non-licensee partners review the investment need executive summary template and have completed it as applicable.
Question 9. Costs and value for money
How much will the project cost and how does it represent value for money for the consumer?
In terms of the project aims, describe, or explain:
- the total eligible project costs
- the funding you are requesting
- how each partner will finance their contributions to the project
- how it compares to what you would spend your money on otherwise
- the balance of costs and SIF funding across the project partners
- any subcontractor costs and why they are critical to the project
- how this is complementary to, and provides additional value over your business as usual activity
You must download and complete the project costs template. It must be uploaded in a XLSX format as an appendix and be no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 10. Regulatory barriers (not scored)
Are there any regulatory barriers which may affect your proposal?
You must select ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as your answer to this question.
If yes, you must download the Ofgem Innovation Link 'Fast Frank Feedback Enquiry Form’, complete and upload it as an appendix in PDF and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
If a known or perceived regulatory barrier exists, you can discuss such regulatory barriers with Ofgem's Innovation Link service by emailing