The assessors will score your answers. You will receive feedback from them for each one.
Your answer to each question can be up to 400 words long. Do not include any URLs in your answers.
Question 1. Project description
Which industrial cluster will you focus on?
- your cluster’s location, industries and characteristics
- your cluster’s resources, challenges and opportunities
- your vision for decarbonisation, with reference to any past work or existing initiatives that support this vision
- estimates of long-term (2030s onwards) economic, environmental and societal impacts, with reference to any past work
Question 2. Approach to industrial cluster decarbonisation
What approach will you take to the decarbonisation of your industrial cluster?
- your approach to decarbonising the cluster, identifying any critical paths and the main milestones (such as approvals required)
- your chosen technologies, sites, infrastructure
- the scenarios and phasing of carbon reductions
- your future costs, benefits, business models, targets and risks, particularly in the period to 2030
- the specific economic, environmental, industrial, and societal benefits targeted by your approach, including any main methodologies, performance indicators, assumptions, uncertainties and interdependences in the period to 2030
- an indicative schedule of costs for providing these benefits, indicating expected private and public contributions in phase 2
- the nature of the outputs you expect from the project and how these will help you to target the challenge or opportunity identified
- the baseline data that you would use to assist in evidencing a successful project and tracking progress
You can submit one appendix to support your answer. It can contain key milestones, outline scenarios and any baseline data. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 3. Cluster needs
What short-term needs of your cluster will be addressed through phase 1 of this project?
- the main objectives and needs of your cluster in its current stage of development
- what you are aiming to achieve in this phase 1 project
- the inputs, activities and outputs that will help you meet these objectives, such as through a description of work packages and tasks, key performance indicators, methodologies, responsibilities and associated resources
Question 4. Short-term outcomes and impacts
What outcomes and impacts will your project have by the early 2020s?
Describe, and where possible quantify:
- the success criteria of the project. i.e. what does success look like?
- how your project aligns with the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge objectives
- the potential to support wider decarbonisation in the UK
- export and inward investment opportunities
- economic, environmental, social and societal benefits
- impacts linked to the UK government and other public priorities
- regional impacts
Question 5. Team and resources
What roles, resources and capabilities are needed to deliver this project?
- the roles, skills and experience of all members of the project team that are relevant to the approach you will be taking
- the current relationships between project partners and how these will change as a result of the project
- the details of any external parties, including sub-contractors, who you will need to work with to carry out the project
- wider collaborations or contracts you have or will develop as part of your project
- the resources, datasets, equipment and facilities needed for the project and how you will access them
- any capabilities, resources, or roles you will need to fill during the project in preparation for phase 2 deployment (if successful)
You must submit one appendix to support your answer. It should contain a short summary of the main people working on the project. It must be a PDF and can be up to 2 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 6. Project plan
What are the main steps in your project plan?
- the key deliverables and milestones. Include any critical paths, lead times or interdependences between work packages
- what documentation you will supply during the course of the project (e.g. reports)
You can submit a project Gantt chart as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF and can be up to 1 A4 page long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 7. Project management
How will you manage the project effectively?
- the main work packages of the 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 project outcome
- the management reporting lines
- how you plan to engage with UKRI
- how you will monitor, manage and communicate progress of the project
- who your main stakeholders are, their needs, how you will work with them and how any stakeholder conflicts will be managed
- how you will monitor and evaluate progress and impact against your described approach and timeframes, including movement from any baseline data collected
- how you will close down the project
You can submit a project organisation diagram as an appendix to support your answer. This should provide further details on work packages and the organisations/partners involved in these. It must be a PDF and can be up to 1 A4 page long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 8. Risks and risk management
What are the main risks for this project and how will you mitigate these?
- the main risks and uncertainties of the project, including the technical, commercial, managerial and environmental risks
- how you will mitigate these risks and deal with residual risk
- any project inputs that are critical to project completion, such as resources, expertise, access to external data
- any output likely to be affected by regulatory requirements, certification, ethical issues etc, and how you will manage this
You must submit a risk register as an appendix to support your answer. It must describe the most relevant risks, and how you will mitigate them. It must be a PDF and can be up to 1 A4 page. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 9. Added value
What impact would an injection of public funding have on the industrial cluster?
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 impact of the project on the businesses of 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 activity the partners would undertake, for example in phase 2 of this competition
Question 10. Costs and value for money
How much will the project cost and how does it represent value for money?
Describe or explain:
- the total eligible project costs and the grant you are requesting
- how each partner will finance their contributions to the project
- the balance of costs across the project partners and across work packages
- any sub-contractor costs and why they are critical to the project
- how this project represents value for money for your team and the taxpayer
- any industry, public or other support not included in the finances table, such as data or access to sites