The assessors will score all your answers apart from questions 1, 2 and 3. You will receive feedback for each scored question. Find out more about how our assessors assess.
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 the project. We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all applicants.
Question 2. Farmers, growers or foresters location (not scored)
Provide the addresses of all the farmers, growers or foresters claiming or receiving grant funding in your project. This is required for Subsidy Control and eligibility purposes.
Please note, you must have a minimum of 50% of any grant that is requested by farmers, growers or foresters in your project, allocated to farmers, growers or foresters based in England.
Question 3. 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 any challenges or opportunities relating to equality, diversity and inclusion arising from your project and the methods and approaches used to address them:
- 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 4. Need or challenge
What is the business need, technological challenge or market opportunity behind your innovation?
- the farming or agricultural problem, need, technological challenge, or market opportunity identified that addresses sustainable protein production
- how your project outputs would transform traditional farm protein production or create low emission systems that deliver significant healthy, sustainable proteins to mainstream consumers or animal feed users
- how your project is benefiting farmers, growers or foresters in England improve productivity, resilience and sustainability, while decreasing the environmental impact of protein production
- 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
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, need or challenge
- how your project will complement existing technologies to transform traditional farm protein production systems into more sustainable models
- if your project will create new sources of resource efficient, low emission proteins and how it will deliver more efficient and sustainable protein production systems
- any work you have already done to respond to this need, for example if your project focuses on developing an existing capability or building a new one
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF, 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 your 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 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
- the current relationships between project partners and how these will change as a result of the project
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. This can include a short summary of the main people working on the project. It must be a PDF, 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)
- the size of the target markets for the project outcomes, backed up by references where available
- 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
- the structure and dynamics of the target markets, including customer segmentation, together with predicted growth rates within clear timeframes
- the target markets’ main supply or value chains and business models
Question 8. Route to market, competitors, and barriers
How are you going to grow your business as a result of the project? Who else is operating in this space and what barriers limit your ability to exploit your project output?
- your current position in the markets and supply or value chains outlined, and whether you will be extending or establishing your market position
- your route to market, particularly if COVID-19 has changed market dynamics
- how you are going to profit from the innovation, including increased revenues or cost reduction
- the process you have completed to evaluate the work of competitors including those near market or in development, and how your proposal builds on, or differentiates from competitor offerings
- how you will protect and exploit the outputs of the project, for example through know-how, patenting, designs or changes to your business model
- where applicable, what regulatory, cultural or other barriers exist, both in the UK and internationally that prevent you from fully exploiting this opportunity
If there is any research organisation activity in your project, explain:
- how you will encourage or facilitate dissemination and knowledge exchange to the wider sector over a reasonable timescale
- how you expect to use the results generated from your project in further research activities
Question 9. Impacts and benefits
What impact would this project have on sustainable protein production and how will this be measured?
- a summary of your key deliverables during your project, the nature of the outputs you expect from your project (for example, reports, demonstrator, know-how, new process, product or service design)
- how your deliverables will help you target the problem, need, challenge or opportunity identified
- the impact of your solution on protein production systems
- the benefits you expect to the farming sectors, consumers and other end users in terms of sustainable options available in the future
- the metrics you will use to measure the sustainability of your solution relative to existing practices, and how you will ensure the reliability and validity of the data measured
- how you have determined that the proposed solution will not widen any farming inequalities, including any negative impacts that you have identified, and how will you mitigate against these
- the sustained, long-term expected impacts on society, longer-term food security, the environment and supply chains
- any wider impacts you expect on the economy at a regional or national scale
Question 10. Project management
How will you manage your project effectively?
- the main work packages of your project, indicating the lead partner assigned to each 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, taking into account the possible impact of further COVID-19 restrictions
You must submit a project plan or Gantt chart as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 11. Risks
What are the main risks for your project?
- the main risks and uncertainties of your 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, and 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, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 12. 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 your project outcomes on the organisations involved
- what other routes of investment have you already approached
- what your project would look like without public funding
- how your project would change the R&D activities of all the organisations involved
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 your project goals, explain:
- your total project costs
- the grant you are requesting
- how each partner will finance their contributions to your project
- how your 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 your project