This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to take part in phase 2.
The Department for Education (DfE) reserves the right to adjust the funding allocations between the phases. The total funding available for the competition may be subject to change.
Your proposal must demonstrate the ability to test with end users in Great Britain as part of their phase 1 proposal.
Phase 1 will award research and development contracts.
A total of up to £125,000, including VAT, is allocated to phase 1 of the competition. It is anticipated that phase 1 feasibility study contracts will be in the region of up to £25,000, including VAT, for projects lasting up to one month.
If it is decided to proceed to phase 2, it will award up to 2 research and development contracts to successful phase 1 applicants to develop and test a prototype.
A total fund of up to £300,000, including VAT, could be available for projects lasting up to 3 months.
Research and development requirements
Your application must have at least 50% of its contract value allocated directly and exclusively to research and development (R&D) services. R&D can cover solution exploration and design. It can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service.
R&D does not include:
- commercial development activities such as quantity production
- supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs
- integration, customisation or incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes