The assessors will score your answers to questions 4 to 8, questions 1 to 3 are not scored. You will receive feedback for each scored question.
You must answer all questions. Your answer to each question can be up to 400 words long. Do not include any website addresses (URLs) in your answers.
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. Special Drawing Rights declaration (not scored)
If you are claiming grant, you must download the declaration template and upload the completed template as an appendix.
You must complete this, declaring any awards, including those made under De minimis and Special Drawing Rights (SDR) subsidies, (from any source of public funding) over a rolling 3 fiscal year period.
You must also keep all documentation relating to this and other De minimis awards for a period of 10 years and be prepared to release it to any public funding body which requests it.
You must write “declaration attached” in the text box.
If you are not claiming grant, you must write “no grant claimed” in the text box.
The application form will not allow you to mark as complete and submit, without any content in this questions text box.
Question 3. Competition Theme (not scored)
You must select the theme your project is focused on:
- Energy efficiency: process improvements to increase energy efficiency including innovative heat recovery trials, alternative feedstocks, and new products
- Resource efficiency: including industrial symbiosis, waste utilisation, new products and alternative and biobased feedstocks
- Sensors, controls and digitalisation: with a focus on increased efficiency, productivity to increase energy, or resource efficiency)
- Other energy or resource efficiency improvements: including new products, processes, new services or business models
Question 4. Need or challenge and market awareness
What is the business need, technological challenge and market opportunity behind your innovation?
Describe or explain:
- the main motivation for the project
- how this aligns to the Transforming foundation industries challenge aims
- the business need, technological challenge or market opportunity
- the nearest current state-of-the-art, including those near market or in development, and its limitations
- any work you have already done to respond to this need, for example if the project focuses on developing an existing capability or building a new one
- the wider economic, social, environmental, cultural or political challenges which are influential in creating the opportunity, such as incoming regulations, using our Horizons tool if appropriate
- the target markets for the project, any other potential sectors (domestic, international or both) and their size
- the size of the target markets for the project outcomes, backed up by references where available
Question 5. Approach and innovation
What approach will you take and where will the focus of the innovation be?
Describe or explain:
- the technical approach, including the main objectives of the work
- how you will respond to the need, challenge or opportunity identified
- how you will improve on the nearest current state-of-the-art identified
- whether the innovation will focus on the application of existing technologies in new areas, the development of new technologies for existing areas or a totally disruptive approach
- the freedom you have to operate
- how this project fits with your current product, service lines or offerings
- how it will make you more competitive
- the nature of the outputs you expect from the project (for example report, demonstrator, know-how, new process, product or service design) and how these will help you to target the need, challenge or opportunity identified
Question 6. Team and resources
Who is the likely project team and what are their roles?
Describe or explain:
- is the lead applicant of the EoI stage going to be the lead of the full stage application, if not who is
- the roles, skills and experience of all members of the project team that are relevant to the approach you will be taking
- the resources, equipment and facilities needed for the project and how you will access them, particularly in the light of any continuing COVID-19 restrictions
- the details of any vital external parties, including sub-contractors, who you will need to work with to successfully carry out the project
- the current relationships between project partners and how these will change as a result of the project
- any consortium members you require and the skills you are looking for
- any roles you will need to recruit for taking into account the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the team structure
- how you have taken Equality, Diversity and Inclusion into account when selecting partners and in recruitment
Question 7. Costs and value for money
How much will your full stage project cost, why is public funding required and how does it represent value for money for the team and the taxpayer?
In terms of the full stage project goals, describe or explain:
- how your consortium will meet the minimum project size of more than £5 million
- the anticipated grant you are requesting
- whether this project could go ahead in any form without public funding and if so, the difference the public funding would make, such as a faster route to market, more partners or reduced risk
- how this project represents value for money for you and the taxpayer
- how it compares to what you would spend your money on otherwise
- any anticipated subcontractor costs and why they are critical to the project