Question 1: describe your challenge. (500 words maximum)
Provide further information about the challenge, including:
- a clear, non-technical description of why it is worth solving, why now and why government should be involved
- a summary of how it will be possible to judge when the solution has been developed and the challenge addressed?
- the real-world impact of the challenge, including who the main beneficiaries would be if it was solved and the impact it would have on the general public
Addressing the challenge cannot be achieved through ‘business as usual’. This expression of interest does not relate to activity already funded by other means. You must show clear business leadership for the challenge.
Question 2: what is the opportunity for productivity growth? (300 words maximum)
Explain how addressing this challenge would have a positive impact on productivity growth, including:
Question 3: what is the market opportunity?
- which areas of the economy would see productivity growth
- the potential wider social or non-market benefits of solving this challenge, such as improvements in health or environment
(300 words maximum)
Identify the market opportunity associated with this challenge. Briefly summarise relevant evidence of the global value and potential growth of the relevant market or markets.
Question 4: what evidence is there of UK strengths and competitive advantage? (500 words maximum)
Explain how the UK has the research and development capability and business readiness to meet the challenge. Identify:
- the relevant UK research strengths
- the industry supply chain needed to address this challenge at scale, and the relevant UK industrial strengths
- how the UK has the capacity to be a world leader in addressing this challenge, and what the likelihood is that UK companies will be able to take advantage of the global opportunities that arise from the development of successful solutions
Question 5: what is the demand from industry? (500 words maximum)
Describe the level of industry demand in the UK for ISCF support to solve this challenge. Give:
- the main UK-based stakeholders with an interest in this challenge, providing a list of supporters as an appendix
- how co-ordinated industry and academia are currently, and whether they could effectively come together in multidisciplinary partnerships to provide leadership around this challenge
- the evidence, where available of the extent to which industry would be willing and have the resources to co-invest to solve this challenge
If your challenge is selected it is critical it has a director to run it. Please indicate who would be a suitable leader for your challenge, preferably someone from your proposal team.
You can submit an appendix with relevant supporting information, such as a list of supporters (from industry, academia or elsewhere) and letters of support. Do not provide in-depth economic or market analysis at this stage. This will be co-ordinated by UK Research and Innovation during the assessment phase. Supporting information must be in a PDF format no larger than 1MB.
Question 6: why is ISCF support needed? (300 words maximum)
Explain how ISCF will add value and why existing or planned investments from industry, government or the research base are not sufficient to address this challenge. Explain:
- how things are done today and what the limits of current practice are from an industry and technical perspective
- what is new about the approach you are proposing for tackling the challenge
- why now is the right time to invest to address the challenge
- how ISCF will address a critical gap in current funding to address this challenge
Question 7: what level of funding is needed? (50 words maximum)
Provide an estimate of the amount of funding needed over 3 years to address this challenge from:
ISCF funding comes from UK Research and Innovation and business and the public sector working in partnership.
Question 8: are you happy for us to share your details with potential collaborators?
If we receive similar suggestions from more than one submission, we could suggest that the organisations involved collaborate. This is so they can provide a stronger, combined submission. Please state whether you agree to us sharing your contact details in this way. Your answer should be either yes or no.