The assessors will score your answers except for questions 6 and 7. You will receive feedback for questions 1 to 5.
Your answer to each question can be up to 800 words long. Do not include any links to website addresses in your answers.
Question 1. Business opportunity
What is the business opportunity that your project addresses and what is the size of the potential market?
- the business opportunity identified and how you plan to take advantage of it
- how it is done today and the limits of current practice
- the customer needs that have been identified and how the project will meet them
- the challenges you expect to face and how you will overcome them
- the target market, and how the outputs from this project are required to progress or achieve strategic targets
- the growth opportunity your project will create
You can submit charts or diagrams as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF up to 2 A4 pages. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 2. Exploitation and dissemination
How will you exploit and disseminate your project results? What economic, social and environmental benefits do you expect your project to deliver, and when?
- expected project outputs, including products, services, processes and capabilities
- your initial exploitation plan: the route to market, intellectual property, changes to business models or processes, research and development (R&D), and manufacturing services
- spill-over or dissemination of ideas, demonstrating how your activities will contribute to the wider energy sector and other sectors
Question 3. Innovation
What is innovative about your project?
- what challenge or challenges you intend to address
- which research pillar or pillars will be the focus of your project
- how it will push boundaries beyond current leading-edge science and technology
- how it will apply existing technologies in new areas
- what competitors are doing, and how they are trying to achieve the same outputs
- how and why any intellectual property (IP) from the project will be free from restriction and readily exploited
- how the research is novel in an industrial and/or academic context
You may submit a table as an appendix in a single PDF of up to 1 A4 page to support your answer. The font must be legible at 100% zoom. In your table list the technology, why it is innovative, and the change in technology or manufacturing readiness at the start and end of the project
Question 4. Skills, experience and facilities
Does your proposed project team have the right skills, experience and facilities to deliver this project?
Demonstrate that the likely project team:
- has the right mix of skills and experience to complete the project
- has a track record in managing research and development projects
- has international experience of working on collaborative R&D projects
- has experience of international partnering and/or commercialising technologies internationally
- has clear objectives and roles or responsibilities
- includes project partners with clear objectives and roles or responsibilities
Question 5. Adding value
How does financial support from the NYSERDA-Innovate UK programme add value to the UK? What will happen to the project in the absence of funding?
Describe or explain:
- why you need this funding
- what other sources of funding have been considered, including private investment, and why it is not available
- what will happen to the project in the absence of funding
Describe and provide evidence for what will occur if the application for funding is not successful.
Question 6. Company registration number
This question is not scored.
Please enter your company registration number so we can verify you are eligible for funding in the UK.
Question 7. Finances
This question is not scored.
Provide us with estimates of all UK partners’ eligible costs and the funding you are seeking.