Frequently Asked Questions

The application requires me to submit costs. How should these be calculated?

Costs should be developed with the support of your Technology Transfer Office (TTO) contact. The precise process is likely to vary at different partner universities but may involve your pre-awards team and the use of a standard system e.g. pFACT. Your TTO contact should be able to advise. You should note the guidance on overheads/Full Economic Costing in preparing your costs for submission.

What costs are allowed?

Northern Accelerator funding comes from Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund and this is fairly flexible in terms of allowable costs. The overriding principle is that the funding should be used for the purpose it is awarded i.e. to advance the commercialisation of university research.

You should make sure that it is clear in your application how the costs submitted relate to the commercialisation objective. The Guidance for Applicants (below) provides a little more detail and your TTO contact should be able to advise.

Where can I find the guidance documents?

These are available from the link below:

Where can I find the application template?

This is made available by completing the form on the Application Process page. Please note that you will have to submit your university email address to be able to download the template. This also sends an alert to the project team so that we can estimate in advance of the closure date how much interest there might be in applying for a given call.

What are the key dates for applications?

The Northern Accelerator CCF Project will run until March 2021. Call open and closure dates are advertised in the Application Guidance (above) and through alerts to your technology transfer office.

How do I apply?

Please see the relevant Application Guidance (above) on how to apply.

A specific point to note is that applications will only be accepted by the Northern Accelerator project team if received from a TTO representative. This is our way of ensuring that the development of applications has been supported by your TTO contact and they have reviewed the final submission.

How will my application be assessed?

Once a call has closed the applications will be checked for compliance and distributed to a review panel, comprising external experts with knowledge of innovation and technology transfer and representatives from partner universities, to score in accordance with the guidance. A meeting of the review panel will then be held for moderation of the scoring and this will be followed by a funding decision panel at which those projects that will receive funding will be confirmed.

There are three possible outcomes for each application. These are: Award approved, Award not approved, Application deferred. The latter of these means that the panel felt your application had merit but the available funding from the call was awarded to higher scoring applications. Deferred applications will be carried forward to the next panel and compared to applications in that call.

How will I find out the outcome of my application?

A decision letter will be issued by the project team. This will be sent to you, your TTO contact, and your university Northern Accelerator lead. In the event that an award is being made the letter will also be copied to relevant contacts in your research office and department.

If I am successful when can I start to deliver against this funding?

It may be necessary for the project team to receive a formal acceptance of the offer of award. This will be made clear in the letter you receive. Northern Accelerator funding will be made available in line with your university’s standard processes. Likewise any procurement or recruitment that arises from this funding award should follow your university’s standard processes.

Funding must only be used for the purposes outlined in your application (which will be replicated in the award letter). The transfer of funding will be against invoices raised following actual spend within the terms of the award (again via your university’s standard processes) and approved by the project team.

What if I am not successful in my application?

You should discuss your alternative options with your TTO contact.