The assessors will score all your answers apart from question 1. You will receive feedback for each scored question. Find out more about how our assessors assess.
You must answer all questions in the context of the Automotive Transformation Fund. 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 partners or subcontractors working on your project.
We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all applicants.
Question 2. Business opportunity
What is the business opportunity you have identified to improve and sustain the UK automotive supply chain?
- where you have identified that the UK automotive supply chain can be improved and how this aligns with the ATF
- your progress made to date in addressing this opportunity
- barriers you have identified and how a successful ATF SuRV2 application will help overcome them
- your forecast performance in a future funding round or grant application and how this will improve as a result of this funding
Question 3. Scale and pace
How will this ATF SuRV2 project impact the scale and pace of further investment to address the business opportunity?
- the changes you have identified as needed such as personnel, material or other
- the scale of the change required
- the timeline for this scale up and how SuRV2 funding accelerates this
- and justify why you have the capability to start this project within the proposed time scales.
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. This should include an overview of your available resources, specifically personnel and capital assets to deliver this project. 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 4. Technology and processes
Which technical areas will you address and how do these relate to the business opportunity?
- your high-level plan for addressing the business opportunity, showing where the SuRV2 project contributes
- the deliverables you will produce and how these will validate readiness
- your detailed project plan for delivery of the SuRV2 project
- where applicable, the expertise each consortium member brings and why they have been selected
- any gaps in the consortium’s capabilities and how these will be filled, such as subcontracting
- the technology or process in detail, its maturity and readiness for scale up
- a comparison to best in class in the UK and globally
- the technical barriers to progression and how you will overcome them
- how SuRV2 funding will accelerate this readiness
- the background intellectual property (IP) you are taking into the project, or the IP the project will create
- any parallel development work you are undertaking which will contribute to your scale up readiness
- where you project sits in the bigger picture, with regard to the end-to-end supply chain for the net zero automotive ecosystem
- how your project enables UK automotive transformation to become net zero through supply chain development or resilience for critical sub-systems, materials and minerals
You must submit one appendix with a detailed project timing plan, showing key milestones and dependencies along with a clear map of where this project sits within the proposed value chain. 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 5. Trade and competitiveness
How will SURV2 funding help you access the market? How will it improve both yours and the UK’s competitiveness?
- the market, it’s geography and dynamics, and your go-to-market plan
- the competitor landscape and your position both before and after the SuRV2 project
- your next steps following the SuRV2 project
- how the deliverables will be exploited and leveraged and why they will make you attractive to further investment
- evidence of interest from potential customers and investors, including evidence of technical qualification trials where appropriate
- how the project would improve your and the UK’s competitiveness, for example in terms of Rules of Origin
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. If appropriate, please include letters of intent from potential suppliers or customers. 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 6. Speed and sustainability of benefits
Describe the benefits to your organisation and to the UK? How will you fix the timeline on which these benefits will be realised?
- your strategy in this area and where this opportunity sits on this timeline
- how SuRV2 funding accelerates achievement of your strategic milestones
- how quickly the technology will scale, post SuRV2 project
- how the outcomes of the SuRV2 project will be disseminated inside and outside of your organisation
- when benefits will be realised and any options to accelerate this
You can submit one appendix. It can include a timeline to illustrate the path to realisation of the benefits, with and without the funding. This should also show any critical commercial decision milestones. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10 MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 7. Risk
What are the main risks to your technology not achieving scale up post SuRV2 project? How are these to be managed?
- the overall context internally and externally
- risks to a successful SuRV2 project
- risks to attracting further investment or funding
- your risk mitigation strategy
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. Cost
How much will the SuRV2 project cost?
- the total costs
- the grant you are requesting and why this amount is required to deliver this project
- your spend profile for the project and explain how this will be achieved
- how each partner will finance their contributions to the project
- the balance of costs and grant across the partners
- any subcontractor costs and why they are critical to the project
Question 9. Marketing and communications project lead (not scored)
You must provide the full name and email address of a marketing and communications contact for the lead partner in your project.
Your answer can be up to 100 words long.