The assessors will score your answers for questions 2 to 10, question 1 is not scored.
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.
You must also state the name and full registered address of all your subcontractors.
We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all participants of a project.
Question 2. Proposed Open Solution
How does your project address the challenges described in the competition scope? Provide a brief description of your proposed open solution.
Describe the current state of development or readiness of the 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 2 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
This question will be scored against the assessment criterion: ‘How well does the proposal meet the challenge?’
Question 3. Technical project summary
Give a short background to the main technical challenges you are looking to address.
Describe or explain:
- how you will address the challenge
- what the innovation is
- the main technical deliverables
This question will be scored against this assessment criterion: ‘How valid is the technical approach?’
Question 4. Open solution impact
How will the proposed open solution accelerate the delivery of net zero energy in the UK and internationally?
Describe or explain:
- what the impact of the solution will be on carbon emissions in energy
- how big is the potential community of solution users in the UK and internationally
This question will be scored against the assessment criterion: ‘What impact will the solution have on accelerating the delivery of net zero energy?’
Question 5. Open solution community adoption
How will you approach building a community of users and adopters to develop and support the open solution during and after the project period?
Describe or explain:
- how will you build a community to support and adopt the solution as part of the project
- how big is the potential community of solution collaborators in the UK and internationally
- how have you built a community around an open solution in the past
- why you think this solution is best developed in an open manner
This question will be scored against the assessment criterion: ‘Will the solution be supported and further developed by a large community of collaborators in the UK and internationally?’
Question 6. Open principals
How will you adopt open principals as part of delivering the project?
Describe or explain how you will:
- work in a transparent way
- publish outputs
- conduct effective governance of your project
- licence outputs
This question will be scored against the assessment criterion: ‘Will the project apply open principals?’
Question 7. Project plan and methodology
Describe your project plan and identify the main milestones.
Your plan must be comprehensive. 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 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
- 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
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
You must indicate your required payment schedule by month.
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: ‘Does the proposal show a clear plan for establishing technical and commercial feasibility and the development of a working prototype? Is there a clear management plan What are the main technical, commercial and environmental risks to project success? Will these be effectively managed? Are the milestones and evaluation procedures appropriate?’
Question 8. Team and expertise
Provide a brief description of your 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 the assessment criterion: ‘Does the applicant have the skills, capabilities and experience to deliver the intended benefits?’
Question 9. 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.
Total costs must include VAT. VAT is the responsibility of the invoicing business, and applications must list total costs inclusive of VAT. You will be asked if you are VAT registered before entering your project costs.
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 10. Business model
What is the proposed business model for driving forward the support and development of your open solution after the project period?
Describe or explain how your solution will be supported after the project period.
This question will be scored against the assessment criterion: ‘Is there a sustainable business model proposed to scale the use, support and development of the proposed open solution?’