The assessors will score all your answers apart from question 1 and 2. You will receive feedback for each scored question. Find out more about how our assessors assess and how we select applications for funding.
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. Animal Testing (not scored)
Will your project involve any trials involving animals or animal testing?
You must select one option:
We will only support innovation projects conducted to the highest standards of animal welfare.
Further information for proposals involving animal testing is available at the UKRI Good Research Hub and NC3R’s animal welfare guidance.
Question 3. Health need or challenge
What is the health need, technology challenge, business or market opportunity behind your innovation?
- the health challenge this project addresses and the impact your solution will have
- how your solution compares to the current gold standard
- whether you have identified any similar innovation and its current limitations, including those close to market or in development
- any work you have already done to respond to this need, for example, if the project focuses on developing an existing capability or building a new one
- the wider economic, social, environmental, cultural or political challenges which are influential in creating the opportunity, such as incoming regulations and using our Horizons tool if appropriate
- evidence that the health or healthcare challenge is real and define the market, both nationally and internationally, that will generate demand for your proposed solution
- any input you have received from healthcare professionals, patients, potential partners or representatives of the onward supply chain
Question 4. Approach and innovation
What is innovative about your idea from a commercial, scientific and technical perspective?
- how you will respond to the healthcare need, challenge or opportunity identified
- what is innovative about your approach, how does this address the health or healthcare challenge in a novel way
- how this innovation will fit into the current standard of care, will the innovation focus on existing technologies in new areas, the development of new technologies for existing areas or a totally disruptive approach
- the technical and commercial benefits and shortcomings of your approach
- the safety and performance characteristics by outlining the target product profile (TPP) if applicable
Question 5. Scientific or Technical Evidence
What is the underpinning scientific evidence to support your solution?
Detail all relevant prior experimental or technical evidence and explain how this links to the proposed study. Include any preclinical or clinical work conducted to date and the outcomes.
You must submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts. 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. Team and resources
Does the team have the right skills, experience and access to facilities, to deliver your project and exploit it?
- the roles, skills and experience of all members of the project team, including collaborators and subcontractors
- the resources, equipment and facilities needed for the project and how you will access them
- if your project is collaborative, the current relationships between project partners and how these will change as a result of the project
- any roles you will need to recruit for
- how your project supports or builds on the existing UK supply chain and addresses end user needs
- how the work is being conducted internally where possible and, if subcontractors are being used, there is adequate justification for the choice made
- the details of any vital external parties, including subcontractors, who you will need to work with to successfully carry out the project
- how your project has access to the appropriate facilities, resources, tools, equipment and human capability
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
Extenuating circumstances where overseas work may be allowable, include but are not limited to clinical trials in a specific patient population. You must provide justification for any overseas work by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request via email.
If you are planning to use subcontractors outside the UK then you must provide evidence that no UK alternative exists and strong justification to support your choice of non-UK contractor.
The application assessors will also be asked to judge whether you have sufficiently made a case for the use of overseas subcontractors.
You can submit one appendix, with a short summary of the main people working on the project to support your answer. 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 7. Technical approach and project management
What technical approach will be adopted and how will your project be managed?
Please provide an overview of the technical approach including the main objectives of the work with enough detail for the assessors to understand tasks involved and resources required.
- the current status of your innovation and where you expect to be at the end of your project
- the stages of your project (the work packages) and link the main areas of work together with their resource and management requirements
- key milestones and any stage gates
- how the method and technical approach is appropriate to the needs of the project and the timescale
- how any study design is robust and that key milestone timings are realistic
- your resources and capability to undertake the project
- clear management reporting lines
If relevant, compare and contrast alternative R&D strategies and describe why your proposed approach will offer the best outcome.
You must provide justification for the use of animal or human subjects and the numbers of animals and samples to be tested.
You must submit a project plan or Gantt chart as an appendix to support your answer. You can also include a study design, protocol or approach. 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 8. Intellectual Property and Freedom to operate (FTO)
Do you have freedom to operate?
- any existing intellectual property (IP) which may affect, or which is relevant to, project delivery and exploitation
- the current state of IP ownership and, where necessary, how rights have been assigned
- your freedom to operate and who conducted any FTO analysis, if applicable
- your strategy for protecting the knowledge resulting from your project if it is a collaborative project and how will you assign IP rights to project partners
- any IP that you expect to be generated as a result of your project, and who will own it
- where IP is limited for your project what strategies will be used to stop exploitation by external parties
You must provide evidence that you have freedom to operate and that you can work without infringing other patents, for example by summarising the results of patent searches.
Question 9. Outcomes and route to market
How are you going to grow your business and increase long term productivity as a result of the project?
- your current position in the markets and supply or value chains outlined, and whether you will be extending or establishing your market position
- your target customers or end users, and the value to them, for example, why they would use or buy your product
- your route to market
- how you are going to profit from the innovation, including increased revenues or cost reduction
- how the innovation will affect your productivity and growth, in both the short and the long term
- 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 strategy for targeting the other markets you have identified during or after the project
If there is any research organisation activity in the project, describe:
- your plans to spread the project’s research outputs over a reasonable timescale
- how you expect to use the results generated from the project in further research activities
Question 10. Technical, commercial and environmental risks
Innovate UK recognises that projects of this type are risky, we expect that your project has adequate arrangements for managing these risks.
What are the technical, commercial and environmental risks to project success?
- your project’s risk management strategy
- the main risks and uncertainties of your project and provide a detailed risk analysis for your project’s content and approach
- the technical (including regulatory), commercial, managerial and environmental risks as well as other uncertainties, such as ethical issues associated with your project
- the potential impact of these risks and how your project would mitigate them
- the project management tools and mechanisms that will be used to minimise operational risk
You must submit a risk register as an appendix where possible to support your answer. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 A4 pages long and up to 10 MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 11. Resources required
What are the resources required to deliver your project and how much will they cost?
- provide justification of the breakdown of your costs, for example, any quotations you have received
- include all internal and external costs for your project which must be consistent with the category of R&D being undertaken
- describe how funding will be available to cover cash flow pending quarterly reimbursement of costs from Innovate UK
- explain your eligible project costs, from each of the project partners and the level of funding required
- explain the resources required to carry out your project including materials, capital, equipment and people
This information should complement the financial summary table in the application form.
Question 12. Financial support and 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
- the likely impact of the project outcomes on the organisations involved
- what other routes of investment or means of support you have already approached and why they were not suitable
- how any existing or potential investment or support will be used in conjunction with the grant funding
- what your project would look like without public funding
- how this project would change the R&D activities of all the organisations involved
- justify any claims for activity performed by senior and C-suite people, and why this activity could not be performed by lower cost members of staff and clarify the value of this activity to the project outcomes