Text update 10/6/2022: we have changed Question 1 by adding Subcontractors to the text to make it clearer.
The assessors will score your answers to questions 4 to 15. 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 and full registered address of your organisation, any partners and subcontractors working on your project.
We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all applicants.
Question 2. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (not scored)
How have you incorporated equality, diversity and inclusion into your project delivery and project outcomes?
Describe or explain the details relating to methods and approaches used:
- during project delivery
- for governance
- for project team and advisory boards
- for stakeholder and end-user engagement
- for design thinking
Please note: Questions relating to equality, diversity and inclusion will not form part of the funding decision but will be used to inform the development of EDI activities for the competition cohort.
Question 3. Farmers, growers or foresters location (eligibility checked)
Provide a list of the addresses of your farmers, growers or foresters claiming grant funding in the project.
Please note, you must have a minimum of 50% of any grant requested by farmers, growers or foresters in the project, allocated to farmers, growers or foresters based in England.
Question 4. Need or challenge
What is the business need, technological challenge, or market opportunity behind your project and how will this deliver the competition aims?
- the farming or agricultural problem, need, technological challenge, or market opportunity identified
- the wider economic, social, environmental, cultural, or political challenges which are influential in creating the opportunity
- how your project outputs would deliver large improvements in productivity, resilience, sustainability, while significantly decreasing the environmental impact of farming
- how your project is helping the industry transition towards net zero emissions and benefiting farmers, growers or foresters in England
Question 5. Approach and innovation
What approach will you take and where will the focus of the innovation be?
- what is the approach or innovation and how will it address the identified problem
- 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
- how your project will complement existing technologies to deliver a more efficient and sustainable farm production system
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 6. Team and resources
Who is in the project team and what are their roles?
- 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
- the details of any vital external parties, including subcontractors, who you will need to work with to successfully carry out the project
- how you will work with farmers, growers or foresters throughout the project to ensure outputs remain focussed on end users' needs
You must submit one appendix. This can include a short summary of the main people working on the project to support your answer. It must be a PDF and can be up to 4 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 7. Market awareness
What does the market you are targeting look like?
- the target markets for the project outcomes, any other potential markets (domestic, international or both)
- customers, who are your actual target customers or end users, what is the value to them and why they would use or buy your product or service
- market sizing, what is the structure and size of the market you are targeting and what market share do you expect to obtain
- what are the dynamics of the market, growth rates, changes in demand
Question 8. Outcomes and route to market
What are the outcomes of this project and how are you going to progress them to commercialisation and market?
- 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
- how you propose to take the outcomes of the project forward to market
- how you will protect and exploit the outputs of the project, for example through know how, patenting, or designs
- what business models will you use
If there is any research organisation activity in the project, describe:
- your plans to spread the project’s research outputs over a reasonable timescale
- how you expect to use the results generated from the project in further research activities
Question 9. Competitors and barriers
Who else is operating in this space and what barriers limit your ability to exploit your project output?
- the process you have completed to evaluate the work of competitors including those near market or in development
- how does your proposal build on, or differentiate from competitor offerings
- where applicable, what regulatory, cultural and or other barriers exist, both in the UK and internationally that prevent you from fully exploiting this opportunity
Question 10. Wider impacts
What will your project deliver and what impacts might this project have outside the project team?
Describe and where possible, quantify:
- the environmental, sustainability and resilience benefits from the project to external parties for example, contributing to net zero targets for emissions and reduction of waste
- the economic benefits from the project to external parties, such as productivity increases and import substitution
- the social and welfare impacts from the project
Question 11. Project management
How will you manage the project effectively?
- the main work packages (WP) of the project, indicating the lead partner assigned to each WP and the total cost of each one
- your approach to project management, identifying any major tools and mechanisms you will use to get a successful and innovative project outcome
- the management reporting lines
- your project plan in enough detail to identify any links or dependencies between work packages or milestones and deliverables
You must submit a project plan or Gantt chart as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF, can be up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 12. Risks
What are the main risks for this project?
- the main risks and uncertainties of the project, including the technical, commercial, managerial, and environmental risks
- how you will mitigate these risks
- any project inputs that are critical to completion, such as resources, expertise, data sets
- any output likely to be subject to regulatory requirements, certification, ethical issues and so on, and how you will manage this
You must submit a risk register as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 13. Costs and value for money
How much will the project cost and how does it represent value for money for the team and the taxpayer?
In terms of the project goals, describe or explain:
- the total eligible project costs
- the grant you are requesting
- how will each partner finance their contributions to the project
- how this project represents value for money for you and the taxpayer
- how it compares to what you would spend your money on otherwise
- the balance of costs and grant across the project partners
- any subcontractor costs and why they are critical to the project
Question 14. Added Value
How will this public funding help you to accelerate or enhance your approach to developing your project towards commercialisation? What impact would this award have on the organisations involved?
- what advantages would public funding offer your project, for example, appeal to investors, more partners, reduced risk or a faster route to market – this list is not exhaustive
- the likely impact of the project outcomes on the organisations involved
- what other routes of investment have you already approached
- what would your project look like without funding
- how this project would change the R&D activities of all the organisations involved
Question 15. Knowledge exchange and dissemination
What approach and resources you will use to increase awareness of the research and drive uptake of the outputs developed during the project?
- how you will communicate and work with the target market and how this will inform your knowledge exchange plan
- how you will encourage use of the outputs beyond the initial target market
- what new or different approaches will you use to encourage farmers, growers or foresters in England to use the outputs developed
- how you will measure progress and success during and after the dissemination activities
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.