Text update 4 August 2022: Appendix guidance added to question 9.
The assessors will score all your answers apart from questions 1 to 3 which are not scored. You will receive feedback for each scored question. Find out more about how our assessors assess.
The white paper score in question 4 will constitute 80% of the final score. All other questions will constitute a further 20%.
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 and any subcontractors working on your project. We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all applicants.
Question 2. Minimal Financial Assistance declaration (not scored)
You must download the declaration template. You must complete this, declaring any funding received under Minimal Financial Assistance (previously referred to as Special Drawing Rights) or De minimis awards, (from any source of public funding) in the applicable period.
You must complete all the fields on your form before uploading.
You must write “declaration attached” in the text box.
You must upload the completed declaration as an appendix. It must be a PDF and no larger than 10 MB.
You must keep all documentation relating to Minimal Financial Assistance (previously referred to as Special Drawing Rights) and other De minimis awards for a period of 6 years and be prepared to release it to any public funding body which requests it.
Question 3. Specific themes (not scored)
Select one of the themes from the ‘specific themes’ in the ‘Scope’ section of this competition for your project.
- Financial Crime Prevention only
- Pandemic response and forecasting only
Question 4. White paper 80%
You must upload your white paper providing the technical details of your approach and select ‘yes’ once you have done this.
80% of the overall score will be assessed based on your whitepaper. Full details of the requirements for this, and the criteria that it is assessed against, are provided in the technical briefs for financial crime and public health use cases.
You must upload your white paper as an appendix. It must be a PDF and no larger than 10MB. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 5. Innovation Portfolio
How does your projects activities fit within your innovation portfolio?
- how you will respond to the need, challenge or opportunity identified
- the freedom you have to operate
- (if your application includes a commercial organisation) how this project fits with your current product, service lines or offerings
- (if your application includes a commercial organisation) how it will make you more competitive
- (if your application includes a research organisation) how it will progress the state of the art of research in this area
Question 6. Team and resources
Who is in your phase 2 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 subcontractors, who you will need to work with to successfully carry out the project
- any roles you will need to recruit for
Question 7. Costs and value for money
How much will your phase 2 project cost and how does it represent value for money for the team and the taxpayer? How do you plan to use the innovation generated beyond the challenge itself?
In terms of your project goals, explain:
- your total project costs
- the grant you are requesting
- 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 subcontractor costs and why they are critical to your project
Question 8. Project outcomes
How are you going to grow your business and increase long term productivity as a result of your phase 2 project?
If there is any commercial organisation activity in the project, describe:
- your current position in the markets and supply or value chains outlined, and whether you will be extending or establishing your market position
- who are your target customers or end users
- your route to market
- how you are going to profit from the innovation, including increased revenues or cost reduction
- how the innovation will affect your productivity and growth, in both the short and the long term
- how you will protect and exploit the outputs of the project, for example through know-how, patenting, designs or changes to your business model
- your strategy for targeting the target markets you have identified during or after the project
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. Project management
How will you manage your phase 2 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 can submit a 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 10. 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 your project would look like without public funding
- how this project would change the R&D activities of all the organisations involved