The Innovation Funding Service puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

GOV.UK cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How cookies are used on Innovation Funding Service

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use GOV.UK. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, such as improving site search.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on Innovation Funding Service
  • how long you spend on each Innovation Funding Service page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We don’t collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes

Innovation Funding Service events

Name Purpose Expires
contributor_invite_state 1 hour
invite_hash 1 hour
organisationId 1 hour
userId 1 hour
applicationId 1 hour
organisationForm 1 hour
organisationType 1 hour
competitionId 1 hour
applicationSelectionForm_comp_x 1 hour
assessorSelectionForm_comp_x 1 hour
decisionSelectionForm_comp_x 1 hour
role 1 hour
flashMessage 1 minute
_shibsession_xxx When you close your browser or logout
JSESSIONID When you close your browser
CSRF-TOKEN half hour

Our introductory message

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit GOV.UK. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message 1 month

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