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 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. 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.
Question 3. 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
- why a feasibility study is needed to support your internal investment decision or prepare you for an Expression of Interest leading to a full ATF application
- how you will measure your project’s success
- your progress to date
- any gaps in your understanding which you will explore in the feasibility study
Question 4. Scale and pace
How will this feasibility study 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
- any risks, actions or influences which may affect this timeline, positively or negatively
- how the feasibility study reduces risk in the eventual project, including any gaps in your understanding which you will explore in the feasibility study
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 5. Technology and processes
What technical areas will the feasibility study address, and how do these relate to the business opportunity?
- the technology or process in detail, detailing its origins, maturity and readiness for scale up
- your detailed project plan for delivery of the FS4 project
- the current best in class, how this and the overall UK capability compares before and after your project
- the background intellectual property (IP) you are taking into the project, or the IP the project will create
- any gaps in your understanding or capability which you will explore in the feasibility study
- where you project sits in the bigger picture, with regard to the end-to-end supply chain for 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 6. Trade and competitiveness
How will the feasibility study improve your understanding of the specific market opportunity for your organisation? Will addressing this opportunity improve both your organisation and the UK’s competitiveness?
- your current understanding of the market opportunity and how this will develop through the feasibility study
- your initial assessment as to how you expect your market share to improve post feasibility study, evidenced where possible
- how you will develop a plan to engage this opportunity
- any evidence of interest from potential customers
- your measures of competitiveness and your initial assessment against them
- 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 7. Speed and sustainability of benefits
How will the feasibility study identify benefits to your organisation and the wider UK? How will you fix the timeline on which these benefits will be realised?
- your strategy in this area and how the feasibility study contributes to this
- how the outcomes of the feasibility study will be disseminated inside and outside of your organisation
- the expected benefits to the UK which will be identified during the feasibility study, for example reshoring, manufacturing, reversing market failures and providing jobs
- when benefits will be realised and 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 8. Risk
What are the main risks to this feasibility study producing a decision-ready business case?
How will the feasibility study highlight risks to follow on investments in the UK?
- any known unknowns and how these will be managed early in the feasibility study
- decision points and evaluation gates employed during the feasibility study, including the final evaluation against success criteria
- how the support of internal and external partners will be used to achieve a compelling business case
- the overall context internally and externally
- how the feasibility study will be used to reduce the risk in the project delivery
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 9. Costs
How much will the feasibility study cost?
In terms of the feasibility study goals, explain:
- the total eligible costs
- the grant you are requesting and why this amount is required to deliver this project
- how each partner will finance their contributions to the feasibility study the balance of costs and grant across the partners
- the balance of costs and grant across the partners if applicable
- any subcontractor costs and why they are critical to the feasibility study