The assessors will score all your answers apart from question 1 and 11. 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 partners or subcontractors working on your project.
We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all applicants.
Question 2. Market opportunities
What market opportunities have been identified and how would these be exploited?
- the market dynamics
- the competitive conditions which the project seeks to change or take advantage of
- the scale of the potential opportunity
Explain, quantify and provide evidence of:
- the exploitable outputs
- the potential market size
- the route to market
- the commercial benefits
A credible route to market must be identified and you must specify any letters of support you have received.
Explain how this demonstrator will unlock specific market opportunities and accelerate further business growth in manufacturing and the associated supply chain.
You must provide evidence that your project is integral to the business strategy of all project partners and outline the arrangements relating to exploiting the project’s intellectual property rights. If the developed technology has potential applications in other market/sectors, these should also be identified.
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. 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 3. Innovation
What is innovative about your project?
You must clearly identify the extent to which your project is innovative, both commercially and technically.
Describe any new technology your project is seeking to create, develop or improve, comparing this to what is currently available in the market.
Explain how the know-how or intellectual property of the consortia members is likely to develop as a result of the project.
In terms of commercial innovation, explain how existing technology is being applied in a new way and how this will deliver business benefit to the partners. If applicable, describe where any areas of technology transfer should have been specified, for example where technology is migrating across sector boundaries.
Question 4. Technical approach
What technical approach will be adopted?
Provide an overview of the technical approach your project will take, including the main objective of the work. You must also provide a description of the current design and development status.
Describe the structure and content of the technical work packages together with main technical, design and validation and engineering challenges to be addressed.
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include charts, CAD, photographs, schematics or technical data which help to explain. 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. Project management
How will you ensure effective control and timely delivery of the project?
- your approach to project management, identifying any major tools and mechanisms you will use to achieve a successful outcome
- your proposed work packages, indicating the lead partner assigned to each and the total cost of each one
- your key milestones including the frequency and nature of project reviews
- your project plan in enough detail to identify any links or dependencies between work packages or milestones
- the project management reporting lines
- how will effective project governance be implemented
As the project must start on or before 1 October 2023, project start up is critical, therefore explain your delivery plan to achieve this.
You must submit a project plan or Gantt chart as an appendix to support your answer. 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 6. Team
Does the consortium have the skills and experience to deliver the project objectives?
- the complementary capabilities of your team and any consortium members and the specific know-how or expertise they will contribute
- your capacity and the capacity of any partners in terms of design, test and development, prototyping and manufacturing activities
- how any gaps in the team’s capabilities will be addressed, including the use of identified subcontractors where applicable
- how your organisation and any partners fit into a manufacturing supply chain for the product
If projects are single entity then you need to justify how you have the capability to deliver the project as such and why this is the best solution for the successful delivery of the project.
Question 7. Risk management
What are the risks affecting the project and how will the consortium manage them?
- the main risks and uncertainties of your project, including the technical, commercial, managerial and environmental risks
- how you will mitigate these risks
- the key tools and mechanisms that will be utilised, to provide confidence that effective control will be in place
You are encouraged to avoid understating risk levels, as this may be interpreted as failure to recognise the importance of risk management to the success of the project.
You must submit a risk register as an appendix to support your answer. 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 8. Project dissemination?
How will the results of the project be disseminated?
How will your project plan to disseminate the results following successful delivery, this can include but is not limited to:
- new web content
- customer presentations
- industry exhibits
- conferences and seminars
- written publications
You will need to deliver a demonstrator at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Show in 2024.
You must provide:
- a clear description of what will be delivered
- an accurate description of all aspects of the demonstrator with clear owners
- information on potential interactions with the LCV attendees
- details of how potential outputs of the demonstrator can be exploited for example, products or services, processes or applications
List or describe how the potential outputs of this demonstrator project can be exploited, such as: products or services, processes or applications. Be clear how these outputs will be exploited by partners and organisations within the project and beyond, where applicable.
You will be required to provide a close out report and case study at the end of your funded project.
Question 9. Costs
How much will the project cost and how does it represent value for money for the team and the taxpayer?
- your total project costs
- the grant you are requesting
- how each partner will finance their contributions to your project
- 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 and grant across the project partners
- any subcontractor costs and why they are critical to your project
Question 10. Added value
How will this public funding help you to accelerate or enhance your approach to developing your project towards commercialisation?
You must provide evidence that the funding will increase the total amount that the consortia partners spend on R&D in the UK.
- the advantages public funding would offer your project, for example, accelerated development
- what your project might look like without public funding
- the benefits from involvement of the partners
- the wider benefits to the UK supply chain and automotive sector
Where applicable, describe and evidence:
- potential economic and environmental benefits, such as jobs created or safeguarded
- projected investments
- growth in sales and profitability and any carbon or air quality savings
Question 11. 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.