The Innovate UK assessors will score your answers for questions 3 to 12, questions 1 and 2 are not scored. You will receive feedback in IFS from them for each scored question.
Your application will also be assessed by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and their feedback will be provided separately.
The ATI evaluation is based on the answers to the ten scored questions in the application form and all the attached appendices.
Their evaluation will consider the following criteria:
- market value – this includes the strength and validity of the business need and market opportunity; and the extent to which the delivery of this project provides UK competitive advantage
- market risk – this includes the level of market risk involved in delivering the stated economic value and the level of commitment to the exploitation within the UK
- technology value – this includes alignment with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, the credibility and viability of the approach and an assessment of the potential to deliver innovation
- technology risk – this includes the match of technical capabilities and skills of the consortium and the strength of the management structures and procedures, including project, technical, risk and innovation management
You will need to pass both assessments for your application to be recommended for funding. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has the final funding decision.
Your answer to each question can be up to 400 words long. Do not include any website links in your answers.
Question 1. Applicant location (not scored)
You must state the name and full registered address of your organisation and any partners working on the project. We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all applicants.
Question 2. ATI Framework agreement (not scored)
List all organisations, within your project team, including your own, and indicate whether they have signed up to the ATI framework agreement.
To receive funding from the ATI Programme, all partners must agree to sign up to the framework agreement within 30 days of successful notification.
Question 3. Business opportunity
What is the business opportunity that your project addresses?
- the business opportunity identified and how you plan to take advantage of it
- how it is done today and the limits of current practice
- the customer needs that have been identified and how the project will meet them
- the challenges you expect to face and how you will overcome them
Where possible, quantify the problems and project outputs that you will be targeting.
You can submit a single PDF appendix no larger than 10MB and up to 5 A4 pages long to support your answer. It must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 4. Market
What is the size of the potential market for your project?
- details of the target market, including the size, margins, market leaders, main competitors, price competition and barriers to entry
- the expected share of market, such as wide body, narrow body or services
- the growth opportunity your project will create, including the projected market share it will make possible
- the specific target product, platform and service applications underpinning the market opportunity, and when you expect them to come into service
- the return on investment that the project could achieve, providing relevant source data references
- the existing or future customer relationships that would benefit from this project
Question 5. Results
How will you exploit and disseminate your project results? What is your route to market?
Address and describe your:
- expected project outputs, including products, services, processes and capabilities
- consortium exploitation plan, including the route to market, intellectual property, changes to business models or processes, research and development (R&D), and manufacturing services
- plans for end user or customer engagement
- involvement of an end user in the project is strongly recommended, you can capture documented evidence of support and role here or in an appendix
- consortium spill-over or dissemination plan, demonstrating how your activities will contribute to the wider aerospace industry and other sectors
You can submit a single appendix for this question to support your answer. It must be a PDF no larger than 10MB and up to 5 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 6. Benefits
What economic, social and environmental benefits do you expect your project to deliver, and when?
Describe all the benefits you expect your project to generate, both inside and outside of the consortium.
Describe the R&D, capital and training expenditure which you expect to be made as a result of this project. What do you expect the expenditure to be made on?
- how many jobs do you expect the project partners to either safeguard or create as a direct result of this project
- which jobs will be safeguarded
- explain why the project is needed to safeguard or create these jobs
Where relevant you can also describe any expected training or jobs safeguarded or created as an indirect result of this project.
Describe any other impacts that would not happen without your project. For example, effects on greenhouse gas, noise, air quality. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.
Question 7. Technical approach
What technical approach will you use and how will you manage your project?
Describe the areas of work and your objectives. List all resource and management needs. Provide an overview of the technical approach.
- describe the technical approach, including the main objectives of the work
- explain how and why the approach is appropriate
- tell us how you will make sure the innovative steps in the project are achievable
- describe rival technologies and alternative R&D strategies
- explain how you will measure your success
You must submit a work breakdown structure, including the cost of each work package, as a single PDF appendix no larger than 10MB and up to 5 A4 pages long to support your answer. It must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 8. Innovation
What is innovative about your project?
- how it will push boundaries beyond current leading edge science and technology
- how it will apply existing technologies in new areas
- what competitors are doing, and how they are trying to achieve the same outputs
- how and why any intellectual property (IP) from the project will be free from restriction and readily exploited
- how the research is new in an industrial and academic context
Give evidence in support of any statements or claims.
You can detail the level of innovation though patent search results, competitor analyses or literature surveys. If relevant, you should also outline your own intellectual property rights.
You can submit a table to show your technology progression in a single PDF appendix no larger than 10MB and up to 5 A4 pages long to support your answer. It must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 9. Risks
What are the risks, technical, commercial and environmental, to your project’s success? What is your risk management strategy?
- the main risks and uncertainties within the project
- a detailed risk analysis and the mitigation steps taken or planned for each risk
- the new level of risk with mitigation in place
- the project management resources required to minimise operational risk
You can upload a risk register as an appendix in PDF format no larger than 10MB and up to 5 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 10. Team and facilities
Does your project team have the right skills, experience and facilities to deliver this project?
Demonstrate that the project team:
- has the right mix of skills and experience to complete the project
- has a track record in managing research and development projects
- has clear objectives and roles or responsibilities
Describe the benefits of your collaboration. What advantages does being part of a consortium offer the project?
You can submit a single appendix describing the skills and experience of the main people working on the project to support your answer. It must be a PDF no larger than 10MB and up to 5 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 11. Costs
What are your project cost?
Give, along with supporting evidence:
- the total project costs profile and level of grant funding you are requesting
- justification for large project expenditure, and any significant costs such as subcontractors
- reassurance that the budget is realistic for the scale and complexity of the project
- a statement that funding is within the limits set by this competition
- a list of any other sources of funding outside of the programme, and explain why they are needed
- a realistic budget breakdown, including a funding profile and timeline
- a description, justification and costing of individual work packages
If you have an unfunded partner or partners that are not eligible for funding, you must include their costs in your answer to this question and not in the finance section.
Question 12. Added value to the UK
How does financial support from NATEP add value to the UK?
Address both of the following:
- Why do you need this much funding?
Explain what other sources of funding have been considered, including private investment, and why it is not available. Your supporting evidence could include, but is not limited to business cases, internal rate of return analysis, or other financial comparisons of the scenarios with funding and without funding.
- What will happen to the project if the application for funding is not successful?
In particular say whether:
- some or all of the project would be likely to be carried out overseas, listing overseas sites able to carry out the work, explaining the implications for cost, quality and timescales, and outlining any likely support from overseas governments.
- if the project investment and benefits will be scaled back in the UK, explaining where applicable the impact a delay or a change of scope would have on starting the project
You can submit a single appendix in a PDF format no larger than 10MB and up to 5 A4 pages long to support your answer. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.