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 strategic needs
- how you will address these needs through your project
Question 2. Approach to development of an industrial cluster roadmap
What approach will you take to the development of a roadmap for your industrial cluster?
- your approach, indicating any critical assumptions, methodologies, and expected outputs and outcomes
- the scenarios and phasing of carbon reductions
- the baseline data that you would use to assist in evidencing a successful project
Question 3. Project challenges and opportunities
What are the strategic challenges and opportunities that you intend to develop in the roadmap?
- the opportunities within your cluster
- the internal and external challenges and risks for your cluster
- the economic, environmental, social and societal benefits from the project to the UK
- how will you develop these opportunities through your project
- how your project aligns with the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge objectives
Question 4. Outcomes and impacts
What impact will your roadmap have by the early 2020s?
- how you will maximise the impact of your project.
- the economic, environmental, social and societal benefits
- how you plan to support wider decarbonisation in the UK
- the impact your roadmap will have on UK government and other public priorities
- any regional impacts
- any impacts on other clusters
Question 5. Evidence and capabilities
What evidence will you be developing?
- the evidence, capabilities and plans you will develop through this project
- how you will monitor and evaluate progress and impact against your described approach and timeframes, including movement from any baseline data
Question 6. 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, you will need to work with to carry out the project
- the resources, datasets, equipment and facilities needed for the project and how you will access them
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
- your project plan in enough detail to identify any links or dependencies between work packages or milestones
- how you will close down the project
You can submit a project plan or 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 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, providing a risk register if appropriate
- how you will mitigate these risks
- any project inputs that are critical to completion, such as resources, expertise or access to external data
- any output likely to be affected by regulatory requirements, certification, ethical issues etc, and how you will manage this
You can submit a risk register 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 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 likely 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 activities 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 in terms of the project goals
- how each partner will finance their contributions to the project
- the balance of costs and grant 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 additional resources that are not included in the finance table, such as access to data