The Expert Assessors will score your answers for each question, apart from questions 1, 2, 8, 10 and 12. All applicants will be provided with feedback.
You must answer all questions.
Your answer to each question can be up to 400 words long.
Do not include any URLs in your answers unless we have explicitly requested a link to a video.
Unless otherwise stated, all appendices have been condensed into one Excel spreadsheet entitled 'Project Management Template'. This is available to download in question 3. Once completed, this Excel spreadsheet must be uploaded in response to question 12.
Question 1. Applicants location (not scored)
You must state the name of your organisation along with your full registered address. We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all participants of a project.
Question 2. Project short description (not scored)
This is a two-part question.
You must provide a 'one line' description of your project, along with a video lasting no longer than 60 seconds.
In your video you must summarise:
- the problem you are addressing
- your idea in providing a solution
- the benefits it will bring to customers
You must upload a video to YouTube, provide a link to your video and any passwords to allow access to it, in your answer to this question. You must ensure your video is ‘unlisted’ in the privacy settings.
If we are unable to view your video or it is not hosted on YouTube, your application will be made ineligible. The video must remain available until 30 June 2023.
You can find more information on how to create an unlisted video on YouTube.
If your project is successful in winning funding, Innovate UK will publish your 60 second video as part of its publicity for the Round 2 Discovery projects.
This means, videos that are submitted need to be:
- of good quality
- suitable for representing your project and company in public
- an acceptable standard for Innovate UK's YouTube channel
If necessary, we may ask you to remake your video to a better standard before publication. Separate guidance on quality standards will be available in September 2022.
If you are having problems uploading your video to YouTube, you must contact email@example.com at least 10 working days before the competition closes for advice.
Question 3. Project summary
Provide a summary of your project and describe:
- how your project meets the aim of the specific SIF Innovation Challenge
- the energy network innovation involved
- an overview of the experience and capability to deliver their part of the project for each Project Partners or subcontractor
- the potential users of your innovation and how your project addresses their needs
You must download the Project Management Template attached to this question and complete the Skills and Expertise tab. In order to complete this question, you must upload a blank document as a PDF. Your completed Project Management Template must be uploaded in your response to question 12.
This question covers Eligibility Criterion 1: Projects must address the Innovation Challenge set by Ofgem and Eligibility Criterion 6: Projects must include participation from a range of stakeholders as outlined in chapter 2 of the SIF Governance Document.
Question 4. Innovation justification
What value will your project deliver? Why is it suitable to be funded by the Strategic Innovation Fund rather than other sources?
You must explain:
- the problem that you are looking to solve
- why your project is innovative, novel or risky
- what knowledge is missing from a previous or related project, how your project will overcome these gaps
- the economic and sustainability value of delivering your solution against an appropriate counterfactual
- why your project can not be funded elsewhere within the price control or considered as part of business as usual activities
You can also upload a separate appendix to support your answer. You can include images and diagrams illustrating your project approach. It must be a PDF or Excel spreadsheet, up to one A4 page long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
This question covers Eligibility Criterion 3: Projects must involve network innovation and Eligibility Criterion 5: Projects must be innovative, novel or risky as outlined in chapter 2 of the SIF Governance Document.
Question 5. Benefits Part 1
From the following list, select all applicable SIF benefits which your project is looking to deliver against a business as usual counterfactual:
- Financial - future reductions in the cost of operating the network
- Financial - cost savings per annum on energy bills for consumers
- Financial - cost savings per annum for users of network services
- Environmental - carbon reduction – direct CO2 savings per annum against a business-as-usual counterfactual
- Environmental - carbon reduction – indirect CO2 savings per annum against a business-as-usual counterfactual
- Revenues - improved access to revenues for users of network services
- Revenues - creation of new revenue streams
- New to market – products, processes, and services
For information on evidencing potential benefits to consumers, see chapter 4 in the SIF Governance document.
Question 6. Benefits Part 2
How will your project deliver net benefits to consumers? At Discovery Phase these can be high level; if the project progresses we would expect more granularity and evidence.
Referencing the benefits selected in Benefits Part 1 , you must describe:
- the metrics you will be using to track the selected benefit(s)
- an indicative quantitative measurement you expect to achieve, with justification and when you expect to achieve this by.
This question covers Eligibility Criterion 2: Projects must have clearly identified potential to deliver a net benefit to gas or electricity consumers (whomever is paying for the innovation) as outlined in chapter 2 of the SIF Governance Document.
Question 7. Project plan and milestones
What is your project plan? What are your milestones?
We expect you to be flexible in the delivery of this phase in line with an agile approach to working.
Outline your project approach:
- describe the main work packages of your project for this Discovery Phase
- indicate the lead resource or subcontractor (where appropriate) assigned to each work package
- indicate the relevant success criteria including any deliverables or outputs plus the SIF Funding allocated to each work package
- describe the main risks (such as technical, political, policy, commercial, managerial, and environmental factors) to the successful delivery of the project and any plans to mitigate these risks
- describe your risk management strategy
- explain any major constraints you have identified including regulatory, commercial, and technical constraints for delivery and business as usual adoption of the innovation
You must submit a project plan and a risk register as an appendix to support your answer.
You can either:
- upload a risk register and project plan as 2 separate documents
- use the Project Plan and Risk Register tabs of the Project Management Template
Your risk register must include any regulatory barriers your project is aware of at this point. These must be detailed in your response to the relevant question.
If you are using option 1, you must upload both documents in a PDF format. Each document can be up to one A4 page long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
If you are using option 2, you must complete the Project plan and Risk Register tabs on the Project Management Template. The Project Management Template must be uploaded in response to question 12.
This question covers Eligibility Criterion 8: Projects must be well thought through and have a robust methodology so that they are capable of progressing in a timely manner as outlined in chapter 2 of the SIF Governance Document.
Question 8. Regulatory barriers (not scored)
What would you consider to be the regulatory barriers for fully embedding your expected project outcomes into business as usual?
- the regulatory barriers which may hinder the delivery of your Alpha Phase or Beta Phase project
- if different to bullet point one, any longer-term regulatory barriers to transitioning your project into business as usual
- the policy considerations for longer term implementation
- your proposed approach to creating evidence to influence future policy and regulations
- whether your project will require a derogation or exemption from any project-related regulatory requirements in any future project phase
For more information see chapter 4 of the SIF Governance Document.
Question 9. Route to market
How will your idea become business as usual within your network and across the other networks? What considerations have your Project Partners made for the commercialisation strategy for this innovation?
You must describe:
- the steps you will take to ensure your innovation achieves suitable business as usual adoption at the quickest opportunity
- why your project and its outputs do not undermine the development of competitive markets
- who will be responsible for the implementation of your innovation and why they are the best person or team to achieve this
- who is the primary customer segment for your innovation, for example, who could own, operate or purchase your product or service after the Beta Phase including national and international opportunities
- the customer value proposition and associated business case, aligning with the net benefits as outlined in the Benefits Part 1 and 2 and Project plan and milestones questions
- your funding strategy for adoption of your innovation, giving consideration to potential investment, ongoing costs and third-party involvement
If you have not already done so, you must download the Project Management Template in question 3 and complete the Investment tab. Your completed Project Management Template must be uploaded in your response to question 12.
This question covers Eligibility Criterion 4: Projects must not undermine the development of competitive markets as outlined in the SIF Governance Document.
Question 10. Intellectual Property Rights (not scored)
What are the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) arrangements for your project?
Describe how each Project Partner complies with Chapter 9 SIF Governance Document.
Question 11. Costs and value for money
How much will the project cost for this Discovery Phase and how does it represent value for money for the consumer?
In terms of your project aims, describe:
- the total project costs
- how your project will fund the minimum 10% of total project costs as a compulsory contribution from private funds
- the balance of costs and SIF funding across the Project Partners
- any subcontractor costs and why they are critical to the project
- how your project delivers value for money
This question covers Eligibility Criterion 7: Projects must provide value for money and be costed competitively markets as outlined in chapter 2 of the SIF Governance Document.
Question 12. Project Management Template (not scored)
You must upload your completed Project Management Template. You must add the word "Uploaded" in the free text box provided in order to complete this question.