Your answers to these expression of interest questions will be scored by the assessors. You will receive feedback for each question.
Question 1: Research excellence and innovation capability (up to 600 words)
What is the focus of the research and innovation activity that will drive your regional consortium?
Against the technological, sector or discipline focus in your chosen location:
- summarise the evidence that your proposed research builds on established research excellence
- show how you will increase sustainable research with local economic impacts
- show the area has a relevant critical mass of activities compared to other parts of the country
- summarise the evidence on the critical mass of businesses actively engaged in research and innovation
- describe how these research organisations and businesses currently collaborate and share knowledge within the consortium
- summarise how your consortium fits the strategic local economic plans for the chosen geography and its importance to the local economy
- outline the main factors you need to overcome to let this research and innovation consortium grow and develop to the next level
In a separate appendix you can submit in PDF format up to 2 pages of supporting evidence. This must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 2: Market awareness (up to 800 words)
Describe the structure and dynamics of the target markets, both national and international, including customer segmentation and predicted growth rates within clear timeframes.
In your economic geography, describe the national and global markets that industrial supply chains within this consortium compete in. Include examples of new and improved products, services and processes that create growth.
Consider the following questions in your answer:
- what are the market opportunities your project is aiming to develop?
- what is the growth potential of this market?
- what is the estimated current market share held by this consortium and what are its ambitions for growth?
- what portfolio of intellectual property relates to this proposal?
- what is the comparative advantage of this consortium to others in the UK and globally?
In a separate appendix you can submit in PDF format up to 1 page of supporting diagrams, charts and tables. This must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 3: Activities requested for seed corn support (up to 400 words)
What activities will you undertake if your EoI receives seed corn funding to be developed into a full project proposal?
State how your project activities will deliver against the challenges you have identified in your selected economic geography. Indicate the main milestones and gateways, and the roles of different partners in the activities. Please cross-reference these activities to the details set out in the financial information attachment (spreadsheet) which you can download as part of question 6.
Question 4: Local economic impact (up to 600 words)
What is the intended significant, relative uplift in growth and/or productivity as a result of the activities proposed? Consider the following questions in your answer:
- what is the importance of this consortium to the local economy?
- what broader societal and environmental impact will the project bring to the chosen geography, including impacts on areas such as quality of life, diversity, education, social inclusion and health?
- might your project affect local or national policy?
- how does the design of your project include appropriate engagement with relevant publics?
You must submit a logic model diagram (PDF and up to 2 pages long) for your project with 5 headings: inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and impacts to support your answer. As an additional page on the same attachment include a map of the project geography, indicating the locations of the main partners. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 5: Consortium composition and project team (up to 400 words)
Does the consortium have the right skills, experience and existing relevant facilities to deliver the identified benefits?
Detail the track record of the partner organisations in delivering successful research innovation and knowledge exchange and exploiting the results.
In evaluating this, the assessors will consider whether:
- the project team has available the right mix of skills and experience to complete the project successfully
- the project team’s formation objectives are clear,
- whether the team would have been formed without UK Research and Innovation’s investment
- there is additional benefit demonstrated as a result of the collaboration, for example, increased knowledge transfer
- the organisations working together will achieve more than if they were working individually
- the organisations have the necessary resources to focus on the programme
- you have considered diversity and inclusion in your project proposal
Question 6: UK Research and Innovation funding commitment and project finances (up to 500 words)
How does funding from UK Research and Innovation add value?
In your answer explain:
- why this project could not take place without government financial support
- why you need the specific amount of funding requested, and why not more or less
- how the funding required enables the project to proceed quickly and at scale
The lead organisation must complete the financial information spreadsheet template provided and attach it as a separate appendix. This must be in a spreadsheet format.
In the financial information spreadsheet, you will be asked to complete:
- a detailed budget (income and costs) for the seed corn-funded proposal development
- an indicative budget (income and costs) and projected payment profile for the full project proposal
- the grant split and contribution from each of the consortium members, explaining how they anticipate they will comply with state aid rules
- a breakdown of the indicative full project costs by work package
In evaluating this the assessors will consider whether:
- the detailed budget for the seed corn-funded proposal is reasonable for the activities proposed
- the indicative financial information for the full project proposal is realistic for the scale and complexity of the project
The lead and partner organisations may be asked for additional financial information relating to their proposal or organisation. This could be about the project or specific to individual organisations. The requirement for additional financial information will vary across applications. It will be dependent upon the nature of the proposal and the consortium’s specific argument for support.
Please upload your spreadsheet as an appendix to this question.
Question 7: Risks
In a separate appendix provide a risk register table in your chosen style.
This must identify the main risks to the project (up to a maximum of 10), indicating how they will be mitigated and the probability versus the impact.
The attachment must be no more than 1 page A4 and supplied in PDF format. It must be legible at 100% zoom.
Enter ‘Risk register uploaded’ as the answer to your question.