The assessors will score all your answers apart from questions 1 and 2. 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 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 question text box.
You must upload the completed declaration as an appendix. It must be a PDF and the font must be legible at 100% zoom.
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. Your idea – response to challenge identified
What is your idea?
Your answer must address:
- what the idea is and include an outline description of your proposed solution
- how your idea will meet the functional and technical requirements
- what is innovative about your solution
- how will you consider equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) for the users of your solution
- how your solution will minimise environmental impacts
- the target cost per household for your solution
A diagram or illustration of your idea can be included as an appendix – no more than 1 A4 page long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 4. Project delivery
What activities, approaches and methods will you be delivering and how will this be achieved?
- the approach you will take to developing your solution all the way to prototype, including any design methodologies
- how you would like to engage with flexible plastic packaging waste collection trials from UK households, what key information you will need from them to feed into the development of your solution
- the key activities to take place over the course of the project, your approach to project management, provide a project plan as an appendix
- your business capability to deliver this project, including relevant expertise and track records
- the resources you will require for the project and how quickly you can mobilise them, including the roles, skills and experience of all members of the project team and any external resources or subcontractors
- your capability to deliver in the required timeframe given your existing business activities or constraints
You must provide an appendix with your project plan or Gantt chart and a short summary of the main people working on the project to support your answer. It must be a PDF and can be up to 4 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 5. 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?
Your response must include:
- 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
- the balance of costs across the project partners and subcontractors if applicable
- any subcontractor costs and why they are critical to your project
Question 6. Exploitation capabilities
How will you take your solution forward?
- how you will continue to support the development of your solution following completion of the project, with a view towards its eventual commercialisation
- any barriers to the adoption of your solution and how you plan to overcome them
- 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 target customers or end users, and the value to them, for example why your solution would encourage recycling habit
- the target markets for the project outcomes and any other potential markets: domestic, international or both
- 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
- your freedom to operate
- the impact on your business and wider economic, societal and environmental impacts
Question 7. Risks
What are the main risks for this project?
- the main risks and uncertainties of the project, including the technical, regulatory, commercial, managerial and environmental risks
- any output likely to be subject to regulatory requirements, certification, ethical issues and so on, and how you will manage this
- how you will mitigate these risks
- any project inputs that are critical to completion, such as resources, expertise, or data sets
- any opportunities that could arise
You must submit a risk register as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 8. 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 public funding would 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 you have 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