Wonder no more - the KTN is here to give you our top ten tips on how to be successful with Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) funding competitions like the Agri-Tech Catalyst.
- Fit within scope: Make sure your project is within the remit for the competition – details can be found in the Briefing Document
- Agree key points with partners: Get started on your outline project plan and Consortium Agreement as soon as possible – who will do what and who will own what when it comes to Intellectual Property?
- Be clear and concise: You don’t have much space so make every word count and avoid overly technical language
- Make a realistic plan: Remember if you get the funding you will have to do the work so don’t write yourself into a corner
- Be convincing: Why do you need the money? Ask yourself – would you invest?
- Remember risk & innovation: Projects need sufficient quantities of both to be eligible for Innovate UK funding
- Quantify and justify assertions: Provide numbers and evidence where possible to back up your claims
- Check ALL deadlines: All Innovate UK deadlines are noon and you also need to register by the week before to be able to submit a proposal
- Get advice and feedback from the KTN: We are here to help and our service is free – we can review your application and provide independent, objective feedback
- Don’t leave it too late to ask questions or submit! Contact us early to get the most value from the support available
If you want to know more, there is also a YouTube video (see below) of KTN Agri-Food team member, David Telford, presenting some more detailed advice on developing a successful proposal.
You can also contact a member of the KTN Agri-Food team.
Kezia Williamson - Knowledge Transfer & Project Manager at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
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