ATF assessors will score your application to determine if it aligns with the planned objectives and prioritisation of the Automotive Transformation Fund.
After your application has been assessed, a separate strategic score is given to your application by an ATF moderation panel.
That score is based on your answers to application questions 1 and 2, taking into consideration the wider automotive landscape in the UK and internationally.
You will be notified through your IFS dashboard via email if your application is successful or unsuccessful. You will not receive feedback through the Innovation Funding Service.
APC may choose to contact you directly to explain how you have met, or have not met this criterion.
Your answer to each question can be up to 400 words long. Do not include any website addresses (URLs) in your answers.
Question 1. Automotive Transformation Fund
How does your project align with the Automotive Transformation Fund?
Demonstrate how your project aligns to the competition objectives, associated focus areas and overall aims of the automotive Transformation Fund. Provide up to date evidence where possible.
- which area of the Automotive Transformation Fund your project will help deliver
- your current role in the UK supply chain and how this project will change that
- how your project will help delivery scale up in the UK
You can submit one appendix. It can include diagrams and charts. It must be a PDF, can be up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB in size. 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 by 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 automotive industry and other sectors
- the UK benefits expected to be delivered as a result of this project, such as R&D and capital expenditure, supply chain, jobs, training and skills, and environmental benefits
Question 3. Technical approach and management
What technical approach will you use and how will you manage your project?
Describe or explain:
- the technical approach, including the main objectives of the work
- how you will improve on the nearest current state-of-the-art identified
- how and why the approach is appropriate
- how you will make sure the innovative steps in the project are achievable
- how you will measure your success
- the areas of work and your objectives
You must submit a work breakdown structure (including the cost of each work package). It must be a PDF, as one A4 page and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.
Question 4. Market awareness
What does the market you are targeting look like?
Describe or explain:
- the markets (domestic, international or both) you will be targeting in the project, and any other potential markets
- the size of the target markets for the project outcomes, backed up by references where available
- the structure and dynamics of the target markets, including customer segmentation, together with predicted growth rates within clear timeframes
- the target markets’ main supply or value chains and business models, and any barriers to entry that exist
- the current UK position in targeting these markets
- the size and main features of any other markets not already listed
If your project is highly innovative, where the market may be unexplored, describe or explain:
- what the market’s size might to be
- how your project will try to explore the market’s potential
Question 5. 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 clear objectives and roles or responsibilities
If you are part of a consortium, describe the benefits of the collaboration. What advantages does being part of a consortium offer the project?
Question 6. Adding value
How does financial support from the Automotive Transformation Fund add value to the UK? What will happen to the project in the absence of funding?
Answer both of the following:
- why do you need this funding? Explain 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 7. Finances
Provide us with estimates of the project’s eligible costs, including any partner’s costs and the grant funding you are seeking. If your proposal includes R&D and Capital investment, please separate these costs out.
Type ‘Table attached’ as your answer and give your estimates in a table as an attached appendix. Give details of the total eligible costs and total funding requested for this project.
Give your table the following headings:
- company name
- country where work is being carried out
- eligible costs (£)
- funding sought (£)
Where there is more than one company involved, please ensure a similar table is completed for each partner. The funding sought by a partner can be zero.
You must submit a summary of your estimated costs as a table. It can be submitted as a PDF or spreadsheet, as one A4 page and no larger than 10MB in size. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.