The assessors will score your answers. You will receive feedback for questions 6 to 11.
Your answer to each question can be up to 500 words long. Do not include any website addresses (URLs) in your answers.
Question 1: De minimis declaration (not scored)
Please download the de minimis declaration template. You must complete this declaring any other de minimis aid received during the current and previous 2 financial years. You must keep all documentation relating to this and other de minimis awards for a period of 10 years and be prepared to release it to any public funding body that requests it. Please upload the completed declaration form to this question as a PDF.
Please type “declaration attached” in the text box.
Question 2: Previous applications (not scored)
Have you applied for funding from any Innovate UK competition previously? Please select Yes or No.
Question 3: Previous support (not scored)
Have you previously received support from the Innovate UK family including Knowledge Transfer Network, Enterprise Europe Network and the Catapults?
Please state Yes or No as part of your answer and explain what support you have received
Question 4: How you heard about the Awards (not scored)
How did you find out about the Women in Innovation Awards? Please select one or more of the following:
- recommended by a colleague
- recommended by a friend
- Innovate UK’s social media channels (Linked In, Twitter)
- KTN’s social media channels (Linked In, Twitter)
- KTN Women in Innovation newsletter
- an email or other communication from Innovate UK
- an email or other communication from KTN
- Women in Innovation event
- World Labs platform
- Enterprise Europe Network
- other (please specify)
Question 5: Additional support (not scored)
Even if you are unsuccessful we may be able to find you some support. Are you happy for us to share your details with our partner organisations, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and Catapults?
Please select either yes or no.
Question 6: Your potential to be a leader in business innovation
Do you have evidence that you have the capabilities and potential to be a leader in your area of business innovation, and a role model for others?
Describe or demonstrate:
- why you have the potential to become a leader in innovation
- why you have made the decision to focus on innovation in your field
- that you have the ambition to achieve great things and the business acumen to deliver commercial success
- your relevant skills and capabilities, giving evidence of aptitude and potential to lead, inspire and influence, communicate, and a willingness to work hard to achieve your potential
- how you would feel about being a champion for equality, diversity and inclusion and a role model to inspire more women into business innovation (especially in your sector or innovation area, region and to young people)
- your role in previous innovation activities including the development of novel technologies, innovative products or services and their commercialisation
- your understanding of the processes and stages involved in making innovation happen, including any relevant experience, such as accessing funding, protecting intellectual property rights, getting buy-in from stakeholders, leading teams, identifying resources for innovation projects, or understanding market requirements and dynamics
- the difference that an award will make to you personally
- any particular equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) challenges in your sector or innovation area that have motivated you to apply
If you were encouraged to apply for this award by a colleague, please include a few sentences from them on why they put you forward.
You can submit an appendix to support your answer. It can include recommendations from colleagues, publicity or outside references to your work. It must be a PDF, up to one A4 page and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 7: Your vision for your business and timeliness of the award
What is the vision for your business and why is this the right time for you and your business to benefit from the award?
Describe or explain:
- your vision for where you see your business in the future
- how the vision is ambitious
- the current status with your business and progress to date including other relevant support that you have received
- the added value of the award to the business and why this is the right time for the injection of support it offers
- the dynamics of the market you are targeting and any other potential markets
- what you expect the future to look like
You can submit details of any public or private support received to date and graphics to illustrate the vision as an appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF, up to one A4 page and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 8: Need or challenge
What is the pressing societal, environmental and/or economic challenge(s) you are trying to solve through your innovation and what is the expected impact?
Describe or explain:
- the overall societal, environmental and/or economic challenge(s) you are focusing on
- any links to current government priorities where relevant, including the UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, grand challenge areas and the R&D Roadmap
- expected impacts on society, the economy and the environment, what potential negative impacts have you considered
- any equality, diversity or inclusion challenges if appropriate
Question 9: Your idea or business opportunity
What new idea or business opportunity would you like to develop with the award, and why this is a critical next step for your business?
Describe or explain:
- the new idea or business opportunity
- why this is important and how it relates to your vision described in question 7
- how your new idea or business opportunity will respond to the challenge identified in question 8
- the business need, technological challenge or market opportunity
- how you will improve on the nearest current state-of-the-art, including those near market or in development, and its limitations
- any work you have already done to respond to this need, for example if the project focuses on developing an existing capability or building a new one
- whether the innovation will focus on the application of existing technologies in new areas, the development of new technologies for existing areas or a totally disruptive approach
- the freedom you have to operate
- how it will make you more competitive
- how you will consider equality, diversity and inclusion in the development of your innovation (for example unintended exclusion of minority groups, recognising bias)
Question 10: Plan for the award
How will you use the package of support provided by the award?
Describe or explain:
- the specific activities you would undertake with £50,000 of funding
- the cost of each activity you plan to undertake and explain how this represents value for money
- who you will need to work with to successfully execute your project or carry out the planned activity, including any important internal or external parties, such as subcontractors
- any resources, equipment and facilities required for the project or activity and how you will access them
- how you will manage the project to keep it on track and maximise the likelihood of success, including any tools and mechanisms that will be used to ensure successful delivery
- the main risks and uncertainties of your project or planned activity, for example any technical, commercial, managerial or environmental risks, and explain how these will be mitigated
Explain fully how you plan to use the non-grant package of support to add value to your work and to develop yourself as a leader in innovation. Refer to the information on the package of support in the funding section. Tell us what expert advice you are most interested in and why. Say if you would like to access world-leading facilities and equipment and, if so, provide details of what you are looking for.
You can submit a project plan or Gantt chart to support your answer. You must also include a risk register. These must be submitted as a single appendix. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 11: What does success look like?
What are the expected outputs of the award and how will these be measured?
Describe or explain:
- what outputs you expect to see for each activity described in question 10
- what success looks like and how it will be measured
- the nature of the outputs you expect from the project (for example, report, demonstrator, know-how, new process, product or service design) and how these will help you to target the need, challenge or opportunity identified
- how you will protect and exploit the outputs of the project, for example through know-how, patenting, designs or changes to your business model
- any output likely to be subject to regulatory requirements, certification, ethical issues and so on, and how you will manage this
- what you expect the next steps to be after the award