The assessors will score your answers for questions 3 to 6, questions 1 and 2 are not scored. You will receive feedback for each scored question.
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.
If you are working in collaboration, you must also state the name and full registered address of all organisations and subcontractors involved in the project.
We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all participants of a project.
Question 2. Themes (not scored)
You must list one or more of the main themes that your project will focus on.
Your project can include:
- architectural and system concept visualisations
- testing and instrumentation equipment capabilities or specifications
- robotics testing procedure specifications
- concepts for rapidly reconfigurable testing environments
- technologies to enable nationwide or worldwide remote access of robots and robotic testing infrastructure
- technologies to enable digital simulation or emulation based robotics testing environments, digital twins or synthetic environments
- high level operating concepts, outlining how your organisation or consortium would develop a robotics proving ground and what its capabilities would be
- a challenge prize competition design that uses the robotics proving ground facilities
This list is not exhaustive. You can select your own themes that are related to and meet the scope of this competition.
Question 3. Proposed idea or technology
How does your idea or technology address the outcomes described in the competition scope?
Describe or explain:
- your proposed idea or technology and how it fits the competition scope
- the current state of development or readiness of your idea
You can submit a single appendix as a PDF containing images and diagrams to support your answer. It can be no larger than 10MB and up to 5 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
This question will be scored against this assessment criterion: ‘How well does the proposal meet the challenge?’
Question 4. Project plan and methodology
Describe your project plan and identify the main milestones.
You should describe or explain:
- what resources will be needed to deliver the project
- what the main success criteria would be
- the identified project management processes that will ensure you achieve the milestones
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.
Your milestones must be:
- defined using SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound) criteria
- associated with the appropriate deliverables and payments
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.
This question will be assessed against these assessment criteria: ‘Is there a clear management plan. Are the milestones and evaluation procedures appropriate?’
Question 5. Team and expertise
Provide a brief description of your team.
Describe or explain:
- the expertise of each team member or subcontractor that is relevant to your project
- 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 6. Costs and value for money
How much will the project cost? How does it represent value for money for the team and the 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 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.
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.