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 motivation and objectives
What problem, challenge or opportunity relating to the prevention of persistent plastic pollution entering the environment do you plan to explore through this project?
What high-level objectives do you expect to achieve through this project?
You should describe or explain:
- the context and motivation for the project
- the main aims and objectives of the project
- who will benefit directly from the project outcomes, and how
- any relevant wider economic, social, environmental, cultural or political challenges which you are aware of or wish to explore further through this project
Question 2: Project activities and outputs
How will you conduct the project to achieve the aims set out in question 1? You should outline a concise, step-by-step project plan, broken down into individual phases of work. For each phase, 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.
You can submit one appendix which can include charts and diagrams as a PDF to support your answer. It can be up to 2 A4 pages and no larger than 1MB. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 3: Team and resources
Who will carry out the work and how will you access appropriate design capability?
Give details of:
- the roles, skills and relevant experience of the project team
- the specific experience, expertise and capabilities of the team with regard to early-stage, human-centred design
- any resources, equipment and facilities required for the project and how you will access them
- any important external parties, including sub-contractors, who you will need to work with to execute the project successfully
- any gaps in the team that will need to be filled
You can submit one appendix. This can include a short summary of the main people working on the project to support your answer. It must be a PDF and can be up to 4 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 4: 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 these risks will be mitigated
- any project inputs that are critical to completion, such as resources, expertise, data sets
- 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 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 5: Additionality
Describe the impact that an injection of public funding would have on this project.
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 research and development activity the partners would undertake, and the related spend
Question 6: 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 project cost and the grant being requested in terms of the project goals
- how the partners will finance their contributions to the project
- how this project represents value for money for you and the taxpayer and how it compares to what you would spend your money on otherwise?
- the balance of costs and grant across the project partner
- any sub-contractor costs and why they are critical to the project