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1. Dates and deadlines
|Competition opens||12 November 2018|
|Briefing event in London||13 November 2018|
|Final date for competition registration||Midday 9 January 2019|
|Submission of the full application
|Midday 16 January 2019|
|Decision to applicants||22 February 2019|
|Contracts awarded by||30 April 2019|
|Feedback provided by||1 March 2019|
This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. It is open to organisations of any type and size, from any sector. 100% funding is available to successful applicants.
Please read the full competition scope before you make your application.
These guidance notes complement the invitation to tender, which can be found on the FTP site. They are designed to help with completing the application form.
Please read the full set of competition documents on the FTP site before you make your application.
2. How to apply
Before you apply into this SBRI competition, it is important to understand the whole application process. The information below is specific to this competition and may differ from Innovate UK’s general guidance for applicants.
All applications will be treated in confidence.
The application process for the SBRI competition requires the completion of the application form.
The form should be completed and submitted as directed. We strongly advise that the accompanying guidance notes are read before you submit.
You must follow the directions in the guidance when submitting your application. Do not send by post or any other means than as directed in the guidance.
Assessment: Once the competition submission deadline is reached, your application is sent for assessment.
Notification: We will notify you of the outcome of your application on the date stated in the timeline.
Feedback: We will give feedback to successful and unsuccessful applicants approximately 4 weeks after you have been notified of the decision. You can access the feedback by signing into the secure website where you uploaded your application documents. No additional feedback can be provided and there will be no further discussion on the application.
3. The application form
This section explains the structure of the application form and offers guidance on what to answer in each question.
All sections are mandatory.
The structure is as follows:
- application details
- title and abstract for publication
- competition questions
- technical team and expertise
- application finances
- additional questions
Please make sure that you upload the final version of your application by the deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not upload a blank or incomplete application form.
These notes should be read together with the application form. They are designed to help you to provide the information required. Where text limits are indicated, please do not exceed these, as this will result in your application being rejected.
A reference number will be given to you once you have registered for the competition. You will be notified of this number by email. You will need to register separately for each application that you want to submit.
The application form should be completed using a font size no smaller than 10 (Arial). Keep the use of acronyms to a minimum and be sure to define them. Only use acronyms where a term is mentioned frequently throughout the proposal. Bear in mind that individual sections of the application may be read separately during the selection process.
In order for your application to be accepted you must submit all the required information. This includes all fields from the application form. Failure to complete them will result in your application being rejected on the grounds that it is incomplete.
4. Competition questions
The following are all mandatory fields.
|Project title||Enter the full title of the project. This must be descriptive and concise. It must contain keywords relevant to the project.|
|Contract duration (months)||Projects must be completed within 3 months. Requests for more than 3 months will be rejected.|
|Total contract cost (£)||Proposed projects can request a maximum total cost of £50,000 (including VAT). Requests for more than £50,000 (including VAT) will be rejected.|
|Proposed start date||Enter the estimated start date.|
|What is the best way to describe your innovation?||Select from the options.|
|2. Application details||Please submit all the details requested in the application form.|
|3. Contact details||Please submit the lead applicant’s name, post held, company name, position and so on.
Lead applicants are expected before submitting applications to have discussed their proposals with their own company or any other body whose co-operation will be required in the conduct of the project. By submitting the application you are confirming that the information given in this application is complete, that you are actively engaged in this project and responsible for its overall management, and that you agree to administer the award if made.
In addition, please provide details of where you heard about the competition.
4. Title and abstract for publication
Please provide a brief, public facing description of the project. Should your project be successful, this information will be made public once the award is confirmed. We reserve the right to amend the description before publication if necessary, but will consult you about any changes.
5. Description of proposed idea or technology
Avoiding the use of unnecessary technical jargon, describe clearly how the proposed project will deliver the outcomes as described in the competition documentation.
You may wish to attach an image or diagram separately with the application form. This should be a maximum of 2 A4 pages and should be submitted in PDF format.
6. Technical project summary
Please provide a structured summary of the technical basis of the project. This should outline the background to the technology, including what the innovation is, and the key deliverables. This would typically involve highlighting the research and development that will prove the scientific and commercial merit of the project. Also describe what might be achieved by deploying the innovation to address the technical challenges.
7. Current state of the art and intellectual property (IP)
Please provide details of any competing technologies / market alternatives and the relative benefits of the proposed technology. Include details of any existing IP and its significance to your freedom to operate.
8. Project plan and methodology
The project plan should identify the major packages of work within the project, with well defined milestones and deliverables. The plan for phase 1 must be comprehensive, for phase 2 only an outline is required.
The emphasis throughout should be on practicality. We are seeking evidence that the technology works, can be made into a viable product and can achieve the proposed benefits. Appropriate record-keeping and reporting are essential but reports are not in themselves the main goal of the project.
- supply a Gantt chart in PDF format
- indicate how you would handle any IP which might arise during the project
- allow for the preparation of a detailed plan for phase 2, towards the end of phase 1.
Identify the project management processes you will use to ensure that milestones are achieved in a timely manner. Provide details of identified risks and mitigation actions.
If you are applying from a university or other non commercial organisation, include details of your plan for commercialisation of the results of your project.
9. Technical team and expertise
Provide a detailed description of the skills, expertise and track record of the team, including the relevant knowledge and skills of each member and the proportion of their time that will be spent on the project. Describe relevant commercial and management expertise.
10. Application finances
The costs you quote must reflect actual costs at a “fair market value” and not include profit.
Provide a summary of costs for phase 1. All costs must include VAT and be justified. If you have made significant use of subcontractors, explain how and the costs of each.
Assessors are required to judge the application finances in terms of value for money, deciding whether the proposed cost for effort and deliverables reflects a fair market price.
The costs should cover the following, as applicable.
Directly incurred costs
These are costs that are specific to the project. They will be charged to the project as the amount actually spent. They should be fully supported by an audit record in justification of a claim.
- labour costs for all those contributing to the project broken down by individual
- material costs (including consumables specific to the project)
- capital equipment costs
- sub-contract costs
- travel and subsistence
- indirect costs
- other costs specifically attributed to the project
Indirect costs should be charged in proportion to the amount of effort deployed on the project. Calculate them using your own cost rates.
They may include:
- general office and basic laboratory consumables
- library services or learning resources
- typing or secretarial
- finance, personnel, public relations and departmental services
- central and distributed computing
- cost of capital employed
We may later request an itemisation of costs and methods of calculation to support the application.
You must also give an indication of potential costs involved in participating in phase 2.
Progression to phase 2 is dependent upon successful completion of phase 1 and on phase 2 application and assessment.
11. Commercial potential
Provide details of the clear commercial potential to lead to a marketable product, process or service. Give a clear plan to deliver that and the route to market.
Describe the significance of the competitive advantage which this technology affords over existing or alternative technologies that can meet the market needs.
Tick the box or your application will be rejected.
Please note the data sharing declaration and draft contract terms you are agreeing to by submitting this application.