Competition guidance: UK China collaboration to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Published 28 March 2018

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1. Dates

Competition opens 3 April 2018
Applicant webinar 18 April 2018
Final date for UK registration 30 May 2018
Submission of the full application
including finance forms, appendices and Je-S forms
6 June 2018
Decision to applicants by 1 November 2018
Project start 1 January 2019

Please read the full competition scope before you make your application.

2. Funding

There is a share of up to £10 million of funding available from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), through Innovate UK, for the UK members of UK-China research consortia. DHSC will provide a maximum grant of £750,000 to UK members. The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) will provide up to 5 million RMB funding to the Chinese members. This is for innovation projects to support the development and, where appropriate, clinical evaluation of new products or services described in the brief for this competition.

2.1 Financial support UK

This is in line with the UK Government’s Official Development Assistance budget.

2.2 Expected costs, grant and eligible costs

We expect total UK project costs of between £850,000 and £1.2 million, giving rise to total UK grant of no more than £750,000.

Read full details of what project costs are eligible for funding from Innovate UK.

3. Requirements and eligibility

  • projects must state clear commercial goals and associated commercialisation strategies
  • proposals must demonstrate the joint UK-China project team’s expertise and capacity to manage the proposed project in their respective countries
  • building on the principles of a true bilateral partnership, all projects should demonstrate equal effort from both the China and UK partners
  • successful project participants should demonstrate that all partners contributing to the R&D project have agreed on IP Rights, route to market and the commercialisation plan as part of the final grant agreement process. These plans must be relevant to the needs of people in low and middle income countries, including China, with particular focus on accessibility and affordability
  • successful project participants should put in place a collaboration agreement amongst all project partners as part of the conditions of taking up the grant offer
  • projects must build on existing research, for instance we are not expecting to fund fundamental research
  • projects must exploit unique opportunities resulting from partnerships between UK and Chinese researchers which could not be done with either side acting alone
  • projects must be innovative and market-driven, leading to the proposed development of a new product, service or process, and ultimately to commercialisation in low and middle income countries, including China.
  • projects must demonstrate ODA compliance

Your project must predominantly focus on industrial research. We will consider projects that have work packages with elements of experimental development.

For industrial research, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a small business
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 50% if you are a large business
  • up to 100% (80% of full economic costs) if you are a university or other higher education institution (HEI)
  • up to 100% if you are another type of research organisation undertaking non-economic activity

For experimental development work packages, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a small business
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 25% if you are a large business
  • up to 100% (80% of full economic costs) if you are a university or other HEI
  • up to 100% if you are another type of research organisation undertaking non-economic activity

Find out if your business fits the EU definition of an SME.

4. Finding partners

Meeting Mojo platform

Innovate UK, together with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has launched an online Meeting Mojo platform to help applicants to find partners. All interested applicants should create a profile on Meeting Mojo and search for partners in the database specific to this UK-China collaborative competition. When you find a potential partner, you can message them to determine whether you are a good match to apply as part of a project team.

You should register for Meeting Mojo, giving your full details. It will take up to 24 hours to be approved by the site admin before you can search for partners.

The Meeting Mojo link is also available on the Innovate UK competition webpage under the ’Finding partners’ section.

5. Competition process

5.1 Assessment process in the UK

Each application is assessed by up to 5 independent expert assessors against the same set of gateway and criteria questions. Each assessor completes and submits a score-sheet with comments for each application they assess, using a specifically designed matrix. A report is written to identify ranked order of all applications. All applications will be evaluated by Innovate UK’s standard assessment process, full details of which are available in the guidance for applicants.

5.2 Joint review and decision making process

Following the independent evaluations in China and the UK, a joint review committee will be held. The committee will consist of representatives from the China and UK funding agencies along with any experts they want to engage. They will identify the final list of successful applicants.

All funding organisations reserve the right to apply a portfolio approach across projects in different challenge areas, subject to applications reaching the required quality threshold.

The decision to offer financial support and the conditions under which the support is given is subject to each country’s financial institutions. These will independently analyse requests for funding in accordance with the operating policies of each institution.

The China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC)/MoST and Innovate UK/DHSC will communicate the final decision in writing (by email or letter) to all the CPL and UKPL applicants respectively.

6. How to apply

Before you apply into this competition, it is important to understand the whole application process. The information contained in this guidance is specific to this competition. In addition, please read Innovate UK’s general guidance for applicants to help you submit a good application. It will give generalised information on:

  • funding rules
  • project costs
  • state aid
  • how to submit your application
  • categories of R&D
  • participation in a project

6.1 Applicants from the UK

Register: You will receive an email acknowledgement of your registration followed by a second email up to 48 hours later. The second email will contain a username and password for our secure upload facility along with a unique application number and form.

If you want to apply for funding for more than one project, register once and then request additional application forms by emailing Innovate UK’s Customer Support Service You will be able to make separate submissions by completing a unique application form for each project. This will ensure you upload the appropriate application form to the site under the correct application number.

If repeat or duplicate applications for the same project are submitted, the repeat or duplicate applications will be ineligible and not assessed.

Once you have received your unique username and password, you can sign into the secure website to access the finance forms for this competition.

Only UK finance forms named ’UK Project Finance Form.xls’ are eligible for this competition. Previous versions of the project finance form will be ineligible. When you register for the competition you will have access to our secure site. You will be able to download the UK finance form from the public area of this site.

All appendices must conform to the guidance for this specific competition.

Submit your documents: You or your lead partner should submit:

  • your application form with your unique application number for this competition
  • appendices A to E as PDF documents, labelled with your application number
  • UK project finance forms for every non-academic UK partner in your project
  • Je-S submission PDF output document for every UK academic partner in your project, if any

The UK and China project leads for each application should make sure that they liaise and coordinate to provide the application form and all additional documentation required in both countries. If an application does not include all the documentation needed it will be ineligible and not sent for assessment.

Scope check: Only applications that meet the eligibility criteria, scope of the competition and ODA criteria are eligible for assessment. If an application is only received in one country, your application will not be sent for assessment. You will be notified if your application is not going for assessment with a full explanation as to why. DHSC and Innovate UK have the right to declare applications as out of scope and not ODA compliant.

Assessment: Once the competition submission deadline is reached, your eligible application will be sent for assessment.

Notification: The UK project lead (UKPL) and China project lead (CPL) will be notified of the outcome of your application on the date stated in the timeline.

Feedback: Innovate UK will give feedback to successful and unsuccessful UK applicants approximately 4 weeks after leads have been notified of the decision. The UK lead applicant can access the feedback by signing into the secure website where you uploaded your application documents. It is the responsibility of the lead to communicate the feedback with the rest of the consortium. No additional feedback is provided and there will be no further discussion on the application.

6.2 Applicants from China

Chinese applicants must apply through the MoST application process.

For further information please visit MoST’s official website for this competition when it is launched.

6.3 Ineligible or rejected applications:

  • applications that do not meet the stated competition eligibility criteria as set out in this document, including scope and ODA compliance
  • project proposals that are not in the prescribed template. Hand-written applications will not be accepted
  • applications via email will not be accepted, they must be submitted as per Innovate UK’s standard process only
  • applications that are submitted after the deadline for submissions, as stated in this document
  • applications submitted to the incorrect organisation or using the incorrect application form for the competition
  • applications in which only one side (such as one country) has submitted an application

7. The application form

This section explains the structure of the application form and offers guidance on what to answer in each question.

The structure is as follows:

  • application details
  • summary of proposed project
  • gateway question: scope
  • section 1: the challenge (4 questions)
  • section 2: project details (4 questions)
  • section 3: project costs (2 questions)
  • public description of the project
  • finance summary table for both UK and China partners

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.

  • you can only use the application form provided. It contains specific information including a unique reference number for your project
  • the application form contains specific fields. It is important that you complete each field and submit a fully completed form. Incomplete forms will be rejected
  • the application form must not be altered, converted or saved as a different version of Microsoft Word
  • the space provided in each field of the form is fixed. You must restrict your responses in each of the fields to the space provided. The typeface, font size and colour are predetermined and cannot be changed. Illustrations and graphics cannot be included in the main application form
  • please check your completed application form in print layout as any text that can’t be seen in this view or when the form is printed will not be assessed
  • the light grey shaded fields are completed automatically from other information entered on the form, such as the total columns of a table. These cannot be overwritten.
Field Guidance
Competition name This field will show the full name of the Innovate UK competition to which the form applies. You do not need to enter anything here.
Document ID This field is completed automatically.
Applicant number This field is completed automatically and is the reference that you should use on all correspondence (this is the 5 or 6 digit number after the dash).
China application number This is the application number from the CPL’s China application form.
Application details  
Project title Enter the full title of the project.
Theme Please select from the dropdown list.
Research category Please select from the dropdown list.
Project timescales Enter the estimated start date and its planned duration. These are indicative at this stage and are not guaranteed.
UK project lead (UKPL) organisation name Enter the full registered name of the (lead) organisation for the project. Please note that the lead organisation will be the main point of contact between Innovate UK and the project team.
UK project lead (UKPL) organisation contact details Enter the full name, postcode, email address and telephone number of the main point of contact between Innovate UK and the project team.
China project lead (CPL) organisation name Enter the full registered name of the (lead) organisation for the project. Please note that the lead organisation will be the main point of contact between MoST and CSTEC and the project team.
China project lead (CPL) organisation contact details Enter the full name, postcode, email address and telephone number of the main point of contact between MoST and the project team.

7.1 Summary of proposed project (not scored)


Please provide a short summary of the content and objectives of the project including what is innovative about it.

This summary is not scored, but provides an introduction to your proposal for the benefit of Innovate UK staff, DH and assessors only. It will not be used for any public dissemination. It should cover, in brief:

  • the unmet need and specific challenges, from both a healthcare and technical perspective, that your project will address
  • the commercial viability of your proposed product and sustainability in the market place
  • the approach to be taken and how this will impact on antimicrobial resistance
  • the difference the project will make to the competitiveness and productivity of the partners involved and to low and middle income countries

7.2 Public description of the project (not scored)


To comply with government practice on openness and transparency of public-funded activities, Innovate UK has to publish information relating to funded projects. Please provide a short description of your proposal in a way that will be understandable to the general public. Do not include any commercially confidential information, for example intellectual property or patent details.

Please describe your project. Funding will not be provided to successful projects without this.

7.3 Gateway question: scope


How does this application align with the specific competition scope?

  • all applications must align with the specific competition scope criteria as described in the competition brief
  • you must show that a clear majority of the project’s objectives and activities are aligned
  • please state which theme of the competition described in the scope your project aligns with
  • explain why a UK China collaboration is important to the project

8. Competition questions

All questions apply to all project partners and are scored out of 10 marks

8.1 Section 1: The business proposition

We accept that in addressing the challenges of AMR, maximising return on investment is not the key driver for all stakeholders, but products and services must be sustainable and commercially viable. There must be a clear route to market and applicants must demonstrate that they understand the barriers to adoption and will work to overcome them during the period of the grant and beyond.

Question 1: What is the business opportunity that this project addresses?

Describe the AMR challenge that your project will address and how the new products and services you’re developing will address the AMR challenges you’ve identified. In some cases, for example the identification of new diagnostic biomarkers, your project will not be about developing a product but will advance the field towards new products. If this is the case, describe these and the impact they will have on AMR.

Describe how your proposal will exploit existing research in order to create relevant new products and capabilities.

Outline the business opportunity. Describe what the project team needs to do to complete the project within the competition timeframe and cost criteria.

Outline the business opportunities relevant to people in LMICs, including China.

In a separate appendix named ‘AppendixA-(application number)’ you can submit in PDF format up to 5 A4 pages to include graphics describing the nature of the problem, market dynamics and/or exploitation plans.

Question 2: What is the size of the market opportunity that this project might open up?

Include details of:

  • the current nature of the specific markets the project targets. For example, is it characterised by price competition among commoditised suppliers? Is it dominated by a single leading firm?
  • the dynamics of the market, including its current size, and actual and predicted growth rates
  • the projected market share for the project outcome, with justification in the light of any potential competitors
  • the potential to add value to the UK and/or China

Describe and clearly measure the return on investment that the project could achieve. Provide relevant source data references.

Where possible provide evidence for your statements about the target market for project outcomes. Outline your strategy for developing market share.

For highly innovative projects (see question 6) where the market may be unexplored, explain:

  • what the route to market could or might be
  • what its size might be
  • how the project will explore the market potential

Describe how you will consider the accessibility and affordability of any new projects to people in LMICs, including China.

Question 3: How will the results of the project be exploited and disseminated?

List or describe the potential exploitable outputs of the project such as:

  • products or services
  • processes
  • applications

Then describe how these outputs will be exploited including, where applicable:

  • the route to market
  • protection of intellectual property rights
  • reconfiguration of the value system
  • changes to business models and business processes
  • other methods of exploitation and protection
  • considerations relevant to the exploitation and dissemination of results in low and middle income countries, including China

Where helpful to the exchange of best practice, and not damaging to commercial interests, the results from this work should be made public on a voluntary basis. You should include a plan for the distribution of generic outputs from the funded project.

UK research organisations that are involved in a project and funded for undertaking non-economic activity should give evidence that they plan to distribute their project outputs over a reasonable timescale. The requirement for dissemination of research results is intended to secure wider benefit from the higher level of public support given to research organisations. For further information, please see the Innovate UK funding rules.

Question 4: Why is the project eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding? What beneficial outputs is the project expected to deliver to those inside and outside of the consortium, and over what timescale?

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must clearly explain and give evidence for why and how their project fits within scope for Official Development Assistance (ODA) as defined by OECD. UK applicants must be able to demonstrate that their projects are primarily and directly relevant to the needs of people in LMICs, including China. There must be a clear economic and societal benefit to LMICs from their proposed project. This is in line with the UK government’s Official Development Assistance budget.

Your project must demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential. It must also demonstrate that it will have a positive impact on both the economic development and social welfare of China, beyond primary commercial interests. Proposals that do not demonstrate how they aim to further sustainable development (and thereby contribute to a reduction in poverty), or improve the welfare of the Chinese population, will be considered out of scope.

Applicants must clearly state and give evidence for how their project will:

  • create outputs to be carried out in China
  • create outputs leading to clear and widespread socio-economic benefit for the population of China

Consider the benefits to those outside the consortium and to consortium participants. Make a clear distinction between the two. Clearly demonstrate that wider socio-economic benefits will result outside of the consortium in China, in a short- to-medium timeframe. Clearly elaborate what those benefits are and to whom.

Read further information on Official Development Assistance and ODA compliance.

8.2 Section 2: Project details

Question 5: What technical approach will be adopted and how will the project be managed?

Provide an overview of the technical approach including the main objectives of the work. Describe the main areas of work together with their resource and management requirements.

In evaluating this the assessors will consider these questions:

  • is the technical approach and methodology appropriate to the needs of the project? Are the innovative steps achievable through the proposed approach?
  • is the project plan sufficient in comparison to the complexity of the project? For example, is there enough detail to understand the tasks involved and the resources required?
  • is the timing of key milestones realistic?
  • is there demonstration of sufficient resource commitment and capability to undertake the project?
  • are clear management reporting lines identified?

Describe rival technologies and alternative R&D strategies and describe why your proposed approach will offer a better outcome.

You must provide a milestone based project plan for the project. Please submit it using appendix B, not in the space provided to answer this question. You must submit it in PDF format up to 5 pages and include, for example, a Gantt chart, risk analysis table, project management structure and/or details of evidence for innovation.

For detailed guidance on what to include in the plan, please see Section 11.1.

In a separate appendix named ’AppendixB-(application number)’ you must submit in PDF format up to 5 pages to include, for example, a Gantt chart, risk analysis table, project management structure and/or details of evidence for innovation.

Question 6: What is innovative about this project?

Identify the extent to which the project is innovative, both commercially and technically. Highlight how this project exploits the opportunity of joint-partnership with Chinese researchers which could not be conducted by either country acting alone.

In evaluating this section assessors will consider these questions:

  • does it exploit existing research in creating new, innovative commercial solutions in answer to a clear market need?
  • does it push boundaries over and beyond current leading-edge world science and technology?
  • is it looking to apply existing technologies in new areas?

Highlight and explain the timeliness and novelty of the research aspects of the project in an industrial and/or academic context.

Describe any evidence you have to substantiate your belief that the intended work is innovative. This could include the results of patent searches, competitor analyses, literature surveys, and so on. If applicable, you should also outline your own background intellectual property rights, as related to the project.

You may additionally consider:

  • what is current “best practice”?
  • what are the current limitations to innovation and how will the project overcome them? This is an opportunity to elaborate on the shortcomings that exist in the proposed area of innovation and how your project can overcome these shortcomings. Current limitations could include: high cost, sub-optimal performance, lack of attention to specific market opportunities, such as poor suitability to high- or low-end markets, size, compatibility, nonconformance to standards and so on
  • what is the patent situation, including background patents and the potential for new patents? Are there any obligations to other agencies which have supported any part of the innovation’s development?
  • which standards relate to the developed product? Will the proposed product meet current and/or emerging standards?

Diagrams and tables can be included in appendix B to help describe the innovation.

Question 7: What are the risks (technical, commercial and environmental) to project success? What is the project’s risk management strategy?

The funding partners recognise that projects of this type are inherently risky, but we look for assurance that the projects we fund have adequate arrangements for managing this risk. Focus, therefore, on the arrangements for managing and mitigating risk as follows:

  • identify the main risks and uncertainties of the project and provide a detailed risk analysis for the project content and approach. Include the technical, commercial, managerial and environmental risks as well as other uncertainties (for example ethical issues) associated with the project. The main risks should then be rated as high/medium/low (H/M/L)
  • state how the project would avoid these main risks. You should tackle all significant and relevant risks and their mitigation
  • identify vital project management tools and mechanisms that will be used to help minimise operational risk and promote a successful project outcome. This should include arrangements for managing the project team and its partners

Question 8: Do the project team have the right skills, experience and access to facilities to deliver the identified benefits?

Describe the track record of the project team members in the UK and China in undertaking and exploiting the results of R&D projects. This should highlight your capability to develop and exploit the technology.

In evaluating this, the assessors will consider whether:

  • the project team has the right mix of skills and experience to deliver the project successfully, and each member has a clear role
  • the project team’s formation objectives are clear, and whether it would have been formed without investment from this competition

If you are part of a consortium, is there evidence of additional benefit from the collaboration, such as increased knowledge transfer? Is the consortium greater than the sum of its parts? In other words, how will the organisations achieve more working together than if they were working individually?

In a separate appendix named ’AppendixC-(application number)’ you must provide details of the specific expertise and track record of each project partner and each subcontractor. You should use half an A4 page for each partner and contractor.

Academic collaborators may wish to refer to their research standing.

8.3 Section 3: Funding and added value (10 points per question = 20 points in total)

Question 9: What is the financial commitment required for the project?

Indicate the estimated project cost. Make clear the level of contribution from any project participants and the level of funding required from the funding partners. This information should be provided in the financial summary tables in the application form.

If a project partner is not proposing to claim grant, it must still show its costs in the finance summary table and describe them in the answer to this question. That will allow assessors to evaluate the whole project. However, the detailed finance forms will not be required for UK partners not requesting grant.

Provide supporting information and an explanation for project costs in this section of the form. It must be consistent with the category of R&D being undertaken within each work package. Please see the guidance section of our website for further details on the funding rules.

If the project spans more than one type of funding (for example because significant work packages are in both fundamental and industrial research), you must describe and justify the breakdown of costs between them within the answer to this question.

In evaluating this the assessors will consider the following questions:

  • is the budget realistic for the scale and complexity of the project?
  • does the financial support required from Innovate UK fit within the limits set by the specific competition?
  • is a financial commitment from other sources demonstrated for the balance of the project costs?
  • has a realistic budget breakdown been provided?
  • have any work package breakdowns been described and justified adequately?

Find out more about UK eligible and ineligible project costs.

Please note: for collaborations involving UK research organisations, the costs of PhD research students are no longer eligible to be included in project costs. This is in line with current Research Councils UK guidelines. Please see the guidance in the link above for further details.

Make sure that all vital finance project points that you wish the assessors to consider are included in the main body of your application form, or in the relevant appendix. These are the main documents used within the assessment process.

Question 10: How does financial support from the Department of Health and Social Care and its funding collaborators add value?

The project should demonstrate the contribution of the participants from both countries on an equal basis, and the project must be equally significant to UK and China participants. This is in terms of the work packages and not necessarily the funding amount.

The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technological co-operation between the participants from the 2 countries. This might be an increased knowledge base, commercial leads or access to R&D infrastructure.

On the UK-China project level you will need to provide evidence that:

  • successful delivery of your project will increase the total amount of money the project team spends on R&D in UK and China
  • UK and China funding would allow you to undertake the project differently, for example more quickly or on a larger scale, and why this would be beneficial to China and the UK

On the UK side you will need to provide evidence for:

  • why Innovate UK funding is required for the project to be able to proceed or
  • how Innovate UK funding would allow you to undertake the project differently (more quickly, on a larger scale and so on) and why this would be beneficial to China and the UK

9. Finance summary

This table lists the total eligible project costs by contributor. Note that only certain project costs are eligible for grant funding under UK state aid rules. See our project costs guidance for information on eligible project costs and how to complete the finance forms.

Column 1
Organisation name
Please provide the full names of the (lead) organisations (both UK and China on separate rows) and any participants in the project consortium (organisation names as noted in Companies House/CIN) on separate rows below.
Column 2
Organisation registration Number
UK partner: companies should provide the Company Registration Number (as noted in Companies House). UK Research Organisations should enter their RC number/Charitable status/legal entity registration number and so on.
China partner: provide your Corporate Identity Number (CIN) issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
Column 3
Enterprise category
UK partner: select your enterprise category. SME definition is based on the EU definition.
Medium sized: headcount less than 250, turnover less than 50 million euros or balance sheet total less than 43 million euros.
Small: headcount less than 50, turnover less than 10 million euros or balance sheet total less than 10 million euros.
Micro: headcount less than 10, turnover less than 2 million euros or balance sheet total less than 2 million euros.
China partner: please enter the appropriate category for your Chinese partners according to Chinese legal definitions.
Column 4
Postcode where majority of work will be done
Provide the postcode of each organisation participating in the project.
Column 5
Contribution to the project by each organisation (£)/(RMB)
List the total contribution to be made to the project by each organisation. For the UK submission, all applicant figures in columns 5 to 9 must be in £ at the stated exchange rate. For China submission, all figures in columns 5 to 9 must be in Renminbi (RMB) at the stated exchange rate.
Column 6
Funding sought from Innovate UK value in (£)/(RMB)
Enter the funding sought from Innovate UK for each UK participant organisation in the consortium for this competition. See column 5 above.
Column 6
Funding sought from MoST (China) value in (£)/(RMB)
Enter the funding sought from MoST for each China participant organisation in the consortium for this competition. See column 5 above.
Column 7
Other funding from public sector bodies (£)/(RMB)
Include any funding for the project from any other public sector bodies which has been applied for separately, and not as part of this competition. Funding from other public sector bodies might include other applications to research councils, other government departments, devolved administrations, other public sector organisations and some charities.
The purpose of this column is to provide MoST, DHSC and Innovate UK with information on the total public funding for the project. See column 5 above.
Column 8
Total (£)/(RMB)
The total cost of the project for each contributor. This is the sum of columns 5, 6 and 7 and is calculated automatically.
Bottom row
Total (£)/(RMB)
The total of each column is calculated automatically.

10. Finance form

Finance form for the UK

Each non-academic contributor in your project must provide a project finance form using the template ‘Project finance form’, which is available on the FTP site. This must be submitted with the application form by the lead applicant. Each finance form provides a detailed breakdown on each contributor’s total eligible project costs listed in your finance summary table.

Finance form for (partner country)

For further information please visit MoST’s official website for this competition when it is launched.

11. Project appendices

You can include appendices to support your responses to the application questions as described in the guidance for those questions. Any additional appendices submitted will not be sent for assessment. Applications submitted with incorrect appendices will be ineligible and the applications will not be sent for assessment. Questions 1, 5 and 8 you can attach appendices. You should also submit 2 further mandatory appendices:

  1. Appendix D to demonstrate how the project, as a whole, complies with the Official Development Assistance (ODA) criteria. If your project is viewed as not compliant with the ODA criteria, it cannot be funded by Innovate UK. You should use 2 sides of A4.
  2. Appendix E should provide an up-to-date working draft of your Collaboration Agreement, signed by all consortium members in China and the UK. Please see the example Collaboration Agreement provided in the public area of the FTP site.

In order that assessors can open and read the appendices, each appendix must:

  • conform to the maximum length specifications stated for each question
  • be submitted in portable document format (PDF)
  • be legible at 100% zoom/magnification
  • display prominently the ‘application number’ as in the filename of the application form

Please do not submit appendices longer than the specified lengths. Assessors are instructed to only read appendices to the lengths specified in the guidance.

11.1 Project plan

Innovate UK application form/process

In addition to your response to question 5 on the application form, you must submit a mandatory project plan as part of appendix B. For UK partners, a more detailed project plan will be required by Innovate UK. This will be used to monitor project progress and should be submitted as part of appendix B. The project plan should consist of:

A chronological schedule of project activities presented in graphical form (such as a Gantt chart on one page). You should clearly indicate the estimated time required for the completion of each main task in addition to milestones. Specific participant assignments for each task should be identified in the project plan even if this information was provided elsewhere. Task assignments for subcontractors and consultants should be separately identified and described with location of work.

A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) detailing the planned time commitment for each task, covering the same project duration (see example in Table 1).

Table 1: Example work breakdown structure and estimated effort

Task Title Task description Start date End date Effort days
1000 Phase 1              
1100 Project management              
1110 Project management and support Plan and monitor project activities and progress.
Implement and monitor subcontracts.
Monthly and quarterly reports.
    70 participant A      
1120 Meetings Kick-off meeting.
Quarterly review meetings.
    10 each      
1200 High-level system requirements and design              
1210 System requirements and design Overall system requirement specifications.
Overall system conceptual architecture and design.
System components definition.
    60 participant A 20 participant B    
1300 Data plan              
1310 Data planning, acquisition and preparation Data planning.
Data acquisition.
Data preparation and processing.
    20 participant A 20 participant C    
1320 Model data integration Integrate data into models.
Test models and analyse outputs.
    40 participant A 40 participant C    
1400 Model identification and definition              
! 1410 Application crop model implementation Model identification, development and testing.     60 participant A 60 participant C    
1420 Integrated intelligent model implementation Integrated intelligent model implementation.     80 participant A 10 participant B    
1430 Product generation model implementation Model identification, development and testing.     40 participant A 10 participant B    
1500 Hardware and software identification and acquisition              
1510 Sensors Identify and purchase sensors.
Install, test and maintain sensors.
    10 participant A 40 participant C    
1520 Software acquisition Software development and testing.     10 participant B      
1600 Commercialisation requirements       20 participant A 20 participant D    
          XX participant A YY participant B ZZ participant C AA participant D

12. Additional information for UK applicants

Exchange rate

For the purposes of this competition, the stated exchange rate UK £ to Chinese RMBs: 1 GBP = 8.80

This indicative exchange rate must be used in any calculations by applicants at all times during the competition process.

13. Contact information

China United Kingdom
MOST Innovate UK
Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST)
15B Fu Xing Road, Beijing 100862, P. R. China
For policy inquiry (MoST): LIU Guojing
Tel: +86-10-58881357 or Fax: +86-10-58881354
Email: or

For application inquiry (China Science and Technology Exchange Centre)
DONG Keqin
54 Sanlihe Road, Beijing 100045, P. R. China
Tel: +86-10-68513370
Customer Support Services
Innovate UK
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Swindon SN2 1FL
Competition helpline: 0300 321 4357 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm)

Intellectual Property and doing Business in UK/China

For queries from UK applicants only related to Intellectual Property and doing business in China, please contact the UK’s Intellectual Property Officer in China, as below.

Please reference this competition when communicating to the UK IPO representative:

Tom Duke | Senior Intellectual Property Officer British Embassy Beijing