Answers to these questions will be scored by the assessors. You will need to pass a minimum threshold for all questions except question 5. Written feedback will be provided.
Applications are assessed by up to 5 assessors. The assessors are experts from business, academia and/or the public sector. Applications are assessed against the same set of scoring criteria. All applications are assessed on individual merit.
After assessment, a proposed list of projects for funding will be reviewed by both BEIS-led and Innovate UK-led panels. The panels will submit a list of recommendations to BEIS ministers for a final decision. The decision will be based on your assessment score and the portfolio approach. It is possible that an application that received lower assessors’ scores may be recommended for funding over others in order to achieve a more balanced project portfolio.
Do not include any website addresses (URLs) in your answers.
Question 1. Study overview
What is the objective of this study? What are the resourcing requirements and delivery plan?
Describe or explain:
- the aims of the study and the study delivery plan
- the details of any partners and sub-contractors who you will need to work with to carry out the study successfully
- the project work packages
- the roles, skills and experience of key members of the team (company staff and contractors)
- study risks and corresponding mitigating actions
Your answer to this question can be up to 800 words long. This question is worth 20 marks.
To support your answer you must submit, in a single appendix:
- a project plan (Gantt chart)
- a risk register
The appendix must be a PDF and can be up to 3 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 2. Technical feasibility
What potential solution to improve the energy efficiency or reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of your industrial process has been identified?
Describe or explain:
- the overview of the technology (or technologies) to be explored
- justification for choosing this technology (or technologies)
- evidence of the concept being scientifically or technically feasible
- the nature of the outputs you expect from the study, such as a feasibility study report, an engineering design (for example, front-end engineering design), a report producing engineering plans (for example, approved for design standard)
- how you will deploy the technology
Your answer to this question can be up to 600 words long.
This question is worth 20 marks.
You can submit an appendix demonstrating where the chosen technology has been deployed in a similar or comparable operational environment. It must be a PDF and can up to 2 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 3. Potential for carbon savings
What potential is there that realistic carbon savings will be made by implementing the project explored through this study?
Describe and justify the predicted carbons savings (including an estimate of accuracy) the potential project will make (including carbon savings realised through increased energy efficiency).
You must provide predicted carbon savings in MtCO2e.
Your answer to this question can be up to 600 words long. The question is worth 25 marks.
You can submit one appendix to provide a case study of a similar project and evidence of carbon saving at another site. It must be a PDF and can be 1 A4 page long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 4. Costs and value for money
How much will the study cost and how does it represent value for money for the taxpayer?
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In terms of the study goals, describe or explain:
- the total eligible study costs and the grant you are requesting
- how each partner will finance their contributions to the study
- how this study represents value for money
- the balance of costs and grant across the partners
- any sub-contractor costs and why they are critical to the study
Your answer to this question can be up to 600 words long. This question is worth 25 marks.
Question 5. Replicability for the sector
Describe the extent to which the technology to be explored though this study could be adopted by others in the sector or wider sectors.
Describe or explain:
- how the study could be replicated by others in the sector
- how the technology could be adopted in other sectors
- any measures you intend to take to encourage the project to be replicated outside your organisation.
The answer can be up to 400 words long. This question is worth 10 marks.