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 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. You must specify if any test bed partners are participating in 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 with 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. Need or challenge
What is the business need, technological challenge, or market opportunity behind your innovation?
- the environmental monitoring problem, need, technological challenge or market opportunity identified
- why your proposed solution will be in demand from end users
- how your solution would deliver significant improvements on existing sensing systems and capabilities, improving sustainability, connectivity, data collection, analysis, reporting and cost-savings
- how your project will help industry transition towards net zero emissions, and support environmental outcomes
- how your solution could be integrated into existing systems, and any specific features that allow its use by non-experts
- the wider economic, social, environmental, cultural and government policy priority which are influential in creating the solution, such as incoming regulations
Question 4. Approach and innovation
What approach will you take and where will the focus of the innovation be?
- the approach or innovation and how will it address the identified problem, need or challenge
- how your solution will improve on existing approaches to sensor systems or capabilities in one or more of the priority areas
- the technological maturity of your solution at the start and expected at the end of the project
- whether the solution will focus on existing technologies in new areas, the development of new technologies for existing areas, or be a totally disruptive approach
- how the solution fits with your current product, service lines or offerings.
- the nature of the outputs you expect from the project, for example, reports, demonstrator, know-how, new process, product or service design, and how these will help you to target the need, challenge or opportunity identified
- why the test site is suitable to test your solution, including how it fits with your target market, if you are working with a test site partner,
- how your project will demonstrate the solution’s output in the appropriate relevant environment if you are not working with a test site partner
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can include diagrams and charts explaining how your solution is the best approach to meet your selected challenge. 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. Team and resources
Who is in the project team and what are their roles?
- the roles, skills and experience of all members of the project team that are relevant to the approach you will be taking
- the resources, equipment and facilities needed for the project and how you will access them
- how existing and new users of environmental monitoring sensors and systems will be engaged in the development and testing of your solution
- the details of any vital external parties, including subcontractors, who you will need to work with to successfully carry out the project
- 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
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 6. Market awareness
What does the market or markets you are targeting look like?
- the target markets for the solution and any other potential markets, either domestic, international or both
- the size of the target markets for the solution, backed up by references where available
- your target customers or end users, the level of demand expected from end users, the value of the solution to them and why they would use or buy your product or service
- the structure and dynamics of the target markets, together with predicted growth rates within clear timeframes
- the target markets’ main supply or value chains and business models
If your project is highly innovative, where the market may be unexplored, describe or explain:
- what the market’s size might be
- how your project will try to explore the market’s potential
Question 7. 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 route to market for your solution
- how you are going to profit from the solution, including increased revenues or cost reduction
- how the solution 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
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 8. Competitors and barriers
Who else is operating in this space and what barriers limit your ability to exploit your project output?
- the freedom you have to operate
- the process you have completed to evaluate the work of competitors including those near market, or in development
- how does your proposal build on or differentiate from competitor offerings
- what regulatory, cultural or other barriers exist, both in the UK and internationally that prevent you from fully exploiting this opportunity, where applicable
Question 9. Wider impacts
What impact might this project have outside the project team?
Describe and, where possible, measure:
- the environmental, sustainability and resilience benefits from the project to external parties, for example, contributing to net-zero targets for emissions halting biodiversity loss, or reduction of waste
- any other expected impact on government priorities or legal obligations, such as Environment Act 2021 targets or statutory monitoring requirements
- the economic benefits from the solution to external parties, such as productivity increases and import substitution at a regional or national scale
- the long term social and welfare impacts from the project
- how you have determined that the solution will not widen any social inequalities, including any negative environmental impacts that you have identified, and how you will mitigate against these
Question 10. Project management
How will you manage your project effectively?
- the main work packages of your project, indicating the lead partner assigned to each and the total cost of each one
- your approach to project management, identifying any major tools and mechanisms you will use to get a successful and innovative project outcome
- the management reporting lines
- your project plan in enough detail to identify any links or dependencies between work packages or milestones
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 11. Risks
What are the main risks for this project?
- the main risks and uncertainties of the project, including the technical, commercial, managerial and environmental risks
- how you will mitigate these risks
- any project inputs that are critical to completion, such as resources, expertise, and data sets
- any output likely to be subject to regulatory requirements, certification, ethical issues and other requirements identified, and how you will manage this
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 12. 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
Question 13. Costs and value for money
How much will the project cost and how does it represent value for money for the team and the taxpayer?
In terms of your project goals, explain:
- 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