The assessors will not score questions 1 to 4 but you will receive feedback from them. They will score and give feedback on questions 5 to 10.
Your answer to each question can be up to 500 words long unless otherwise specified. Do not include any URLs in your answers.
Question 1: ODA compliance, impacts, benefits and partnerships (unscored)
Describe how your project will promote the welfare and economic development of an eligible country on the OECD DAC list, by addressing a development need in that country. Please type the numbers corresponding to the main expected impacts of the innovation of your project in the text box.
- Economic impacts, such as new jobs, incomes, income equality, poverty reduction, new enterprises, participation in value chains, financial services or external finance
- Environmental impacts, such as positive impacts on water, sanitation, air, soil, food, ecosystems, biodiversity, desertification, waste, energy, energy or material efficiency, or climate sustainability
- Impacts on working conditions, such as occupational health, work welfare, working hours, work-related social benefits, or work safety
- Impacts on governance, participation and security, such as anti-corruption, transparency of institutions, rule of law, societal participation, violence, crime or non-discrimination
- Impacts on access to services and welfare, such as social and health services, diseases and health risks, disasters, education and learning, access to information, infrastructure, transportation or housing
- Impacts on capacity development, such as new knowledge, skills, use and transfer of technology, innovation knowhow and environmental awareness
- Impacts on gender equality and social inclusion, such as women’s inclusion, strategies that maximise the ‘leaving no-one behind’ agenda
- Other expected impacts.
Describe the impact on those inside the consortium (project partners) and outside (people in the developing country, particularly poor and under-served groups) and make a clear distinction between the two. Be clear about what stakeholder groups in the developing country you expect to impact from this project, and avoid making generic statements.
You must provide additional information in the appendix on the impacts of your project to further demonstrate that you are eligible for ODA. The appendix must be a PDF and can be up to 4 pages long and no larger than 10MB. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Your appendix must answer the following questions:
- How will you achieve the impacts you identified in question 1 (and no others)? What is your theory of change?
- Do you expect your project to have any negative impacts in the short and long term? If so, on whom?
- What is the potential scalability of the innovation in the developing country you are focusing on, such as number of users or beneficiaries of the innovation?
- What impact will the project have on longer-term co-operation and partnerships between project partners, such as public and private sector organisations, civil society, research and educational institutions?
Question 2: Gender equality and social inclusion (unscored)
How is your project helping to promote gender equality and social inclusion?
Your answer is a mandatory requirement for all GCRF programmes under the International Development (Gender Equality) Act, 2014.
Who is involved? You must:
- highlight any relevant diversity and social inclusion experience or expertise within the core project team and their businesses
- provide information on any partner organisations you are already working with and their role and expertise related to gender equality and social inclusion, such as community groups, NGOs or government stakeholders
- identify where you see the need to build new links with partner organisations and why (we would expect you to have these connections in place for phase 2)
How will you factor this in to your project plan? You must:
- describe how your project will address gender equality and social inclusion issues, including poorer consumers, disabled people and older people
- explain how you will measure this
- say how will this feed into the overall project plan in question 6
What is the potential? Describe your current understanding on:
- the expected outcomes of your project and benefits of your innovation on gender equality and social inclusion
- the potential negative effects of your project and innovation and how you plan to mitigate against these
Describe any gaps in your current understanding and how you intend to address these.
Question 3: Country (unscored)
Which eligible developing country will your application be focusing on and why? What relationship do you currently have with that particular country?
Please refer to the OECD DAC List of ODA recipients and type your answer in the text box.
Question 4: UN Sustainable Development Goals (unscored)
Which Sustainable Development Goal is your application targeting?
In your response, please identify:
- up to 2 of the 10 UN SDGs in scope for this competition, and
- the specific SDG targets you aim to contribute to under each SDG
Please type your answer in the text box.
- SDG 3: good health and well-being
- SDG 4: quality education
- SDG 6: clean water and sanitation
- SDG 8: decent work and economic growth
- SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities
- SDG 12: responsible consumption and production
- SDG 13: climate action
- SDG 14: life below water
- SDG 15: life on land
- SDG 16: peace, justice and strong institutions
Question 5: Project motivation and objectives
What problem, challenge or opportunity do you plan to explore through this feasibility project?
What high-level objectives do you expect to achieve through this feasibility project?
Describe or explain:
- the context and main motivation for the feasibility project, including your understanding of the current situation, and why your innovation is new and relevant within the developing country
- the objectives, deliverables and expected outcomes of the feasibility project
- who will benefit directly from the project outcomes
- whether the project includes mainly human-centred design activity, technical feasibility studies or both, and why this approach has been chosen
- any work you have already done to explore feasibility of your innovation in the developing country
- any relevant wider economic, social, environmental, cultural or political challenges you are aware of or wish to explore further through this project
Question 6: Project activities and outputs
How will you conduct the feasibility project to achieve the objectives set out in question 5? You must outline a concise, step-by-step project plan, broken down into individual stages of work. For each stage, explain:
- what will be done
- who will do it
- what the outputs will be
- how those outputs will help towards fulfilling the overall project objectives
Refer to any specific design processes or tools you plan to use if using human-centred design methodology.
You can submit a project plan as a PDF appendix to support your answer. It can be up to 2 A4 pages and no larger than 10MB. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 7: Team and resources
Who is in the project team and what are their roles?
If using human-centred design, how will you access appropriate design capability?
Describe or explain:
- 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
- the details of any vital external parties, including sub-contractors, who you will need to work with to successfully carry out the project
- the relationship between partners in the project team, whether this is an established or newly formed partnership and how this feasibility stage will enable the strengthening of the relationship and a potential subsequent application into phase 2
You can submit one appendix as a PDF with team member biographies to demonstrate relevant experience. It can be up to 2 A4 pages and no larger than 10MB. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 8: Risks
What are the main risks for this project?
Describe or explain:
- 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, data sets
- any output likely to be subject to regulatory requirements, certification, ethical issues and so on, and how you will manage this
- the steps you will take to make sure that new discoveries and ideas will be recognised, supported and have lasting impact within your business
You must submit a risk register as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 9: Added value
What impact would an injection of public funding have on the businesses and other project partners involved?
Describe or explain:
- if this project could go ahead in any form without public funding and if so, the difference the public funding would make, such as a faster route to market, more partners or reduced risk
- the likely impact of the project on the partners involved
- why you are not able to wholly fund the project from your own resources or other forms of private sector funding, and what would happen if the application is unsuccessful
- how this project would change the nature of R&D activity the partners would undertake, and the related spend
Question 10: 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?
Describe or explain:
- the total eligible project costs and the grant you are requesting in terms of the project goals
- how each partner will finance their contributions to the 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 sub-contractor costs and why they are critical to the project