For Challenges which primarily focus on the validation of new technologies, prototypes and methods that are closer to market and so require less research and lower development costs compared to Two-Phase Challenges, there is a single phase process. Applicants should refer to the Guide for Participants (below) which contains more information on the competition.
Applications for Single Phase Challenges describe plans for addressing the key deliverables detailed in the Challenge brief. This includes an assessment by a Virtual Review Panel. The most promising proposals will be invited to a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style interview by the Challenge Panel who will recommend up to one Single Phase award per Challenge.
View 2016 CRACK IT Challenges.
|1 August 2016||2016 Challenges announced|
|8 September 2016||2016 Challenges launch event|
|12 September 2016||Competition opens|
|16 November 2016, 12pm||Single Phase application deadline|
|December 2016||Shortlisted applicants notified of outcome|
|January 2017||Challenge Panel|
CRACK IT Challenges are run using the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) process which is supported by Innovate UK. The competition is open to any European Union (EU) body, public or private. Applications can be from single organisations or investigators or from consortia. The lead applicant must be from the EU.
Applicants may already hold a grant or contract from the NC3Rs or other funding bodies for research related to the topic for which new funds are being sought. In such instances, details of all relevant research funding, including that from industry, should be included in the application.
Single Phase Challenges awards made following the Challenge Panel are subject to the successful applicant’s organisation signing a non-negotiable agreement with the NC3Rs. The NC3Rs will have an agreement with the sponsors and an agreement is also recommended between the successful applicant and the Sponsor.
Applicants are strongly advised to read the agreements prior to applying.