The new application process aims to make it possible for applicants to get to contract in 6 months, subject to the applicant achieving certain deadlines and passing requirements of the programme. The revisions described below are the first and most significant step to achieving this.
As part of the improvements, Full Applications will be created, assessed and managed on the new Innovate UK digital platform, the Innovation Funding System (IFS). The platform is being introduced across all Innovate UK funding competitions, and allows more efficient application and application management. IFS will be live for Full Applications following the February Strategic Review 1 (SR1).
Monthly SR1 reviews will continue until further notice. BEIS, Innovate UK and ATI are considering altering the approach to the first stage of application, and will update this notice in Q1 2018 with further information. Until further notice, applicants should continue to develop outline proposals following the 10-question format using off-line documentation of their own and submit these to the ATI for SR1. Applicants successful at SR1 will be sent an access link for the IFS system.
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New quarterly Full Application batches will take place in January, April, July and October to review Full Applications. Once submitted, the Full Application is frozen and will undergo ATI, BEIS and Innovate UK independent assessment in parallel. The Strategic Review Committee (SRC) will continue to review and agree funding recommendations between BEIS and ATI.
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As before, all applicants must sign the Institute’s Framework Agreement before submitting proposals.
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