With just a week left to apply, and to aid the application process, the Department for Transport (DfT) has collated a summary of follow-up queries arising from two webinars hosted by DfT and KTN (on 3 and 6 November), summarising the questions received as a ‘FAQ’.
As a reminder, The Department for Transport (DfT) is inviting entries to a competition seeking concepts to help mitigate NOx emissions from road traffic, offering a total of about £300,000 to fully-fund projects designed to address air quality on the strategic road network.
The Department will 100% fund four to six projects, budgeted at £25,000 to £50,000 each, addressing one of the three different challenges in relation to NOX air quality.
Entries must be completed by next Thursday, 5pm on 20 November 2014.
For full details see: Department for Transport launches £300,000 Air Quality competition seeking new concepts to mitigate NOX ‘post tail pipe’.
The Air Quality Challenges for short Term Measures to Mitigate NOx Post Tail Pipe webinar of 3 November can be reviewed in two formats so they can be viewed in your device: a Flash version and mp4 version (suited to mobile devices).
Answers to questions asked during the first webinar on 3 November, as well as further details of the background to the competition and application process, can be heard during the 33 minute long video.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. It was mentioned that funding for the project will be paid at the end of May 2015 once the final report is submitted, will there be any money upfront of the project?
A. There is no funding available up front. Subject to compliance with the terms and conditions of the grant funding agreement and delivery of the project as described in the grant application, the successful applicant will receive 100% funding once the final report has been agreed with the DfT.
Q2. Could you provide any info around the ownership of IP?
A. With regards to the ownership of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), the successful applicant will be expected to agree that DfT may disseminate any information, know-how, system or process learned from or created as part of the project among persons or bodies who have responsibility for similar projects. It will be expected to agree that such persons may share and use freely all such information, know-how, system or process for their own purposes. The funding agreement will also require the successful applicant to grant a licence to DfT under section 91(3) of the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988 in relation to the future copyright in works funded in whole or in part by the grant. The licence will be non-exclusive and granted without provision for the payment of royalties for the full period protected by copyright in the works. This will allow DfT to copy, issue or adapt any such works for its own purposes.
Q3. We are able to send a proposal to fit into TrL 2-4. However, what would the response be if we send a TrL 6 proposal - would it be completely out of scope? We would like to be able to send a proposal that would be in TrL 6 if we are able to.
A. Proposals that fit into TrL 2-4 are acceptable. Projects that extend to TrL 6 will be considered as long as they are in scope and meet the criteria outlined in the Grant Specification and Evaluation Criteria documents.
Q4. Are solutions involving plants (the green vegetable type of plant, not plant as in machinery) within scope?
A. Solutions involving plants would be within the scope as long as the solution meets the criteria outlined in the Grant Specification and Evaluation Criteria documents.
Q5. We have a solution, already tested by third parties, that has a significant reduction to NOX and PM by enhancing the fuel (diesel, petrol LPG etc.) to burn more efficiently thus reducing emissions. We need grant assistance and collaboration partners to get this solution into the mass market and therefore have a significant effect on the vehicle polluting effects of our UK Towns/Cities. Is the grant competition relevant for us please, or at the very least some advice.
A. Solutions involving fuel are not ‘Post tail pipe’ and therefore out of scope of this competition.
Q6. We are following up an opportunity to work with Hong Kong University on of the categories. Are you able to tell us whether we would be able to work with a non-British organisation or individual as part of this study?
A. Yes, British organisations can collaborate with non-British organisations but the application will have to be from a British organisation and the majority of the work must be carried by the British partner.
Q7. As part of the research plan we had an idea for a human-automotive interaction PhD which would look into ways of influencing driver behaviour using information displayed on car dashboards and gamification. I realise that this competition is for short term research but would your department consider an application for PhD funding on a topic that is relevant to this call? The amount a PhD costs at York (around £60k) is fairly close to the grant limits of this project (£25-50k), but would of course give you 3 years of research rather than a few months.
A. Unfortunately this is outside the scope of this competition.
Q8. Please can you advise whether the terms and conditions for this grant have been issued?
A. The overall terms of this grant have been incorporated into the Grant specification and the Evaluation criteria. The legal T&C will be issued in the grant letter to the successful applicants and these will be tailored to the individual application.
Q9. We were considering a proof of concept analysis to evaluate the feasibility of zero emission in a specific type of vehicles in the UK, to completely eliminate NOX from their fleet. This is in light of recent work we've completed for two vehicle manufacturers which are looking to do exactly this, but are concerned about future public policy and the feasibility from a driver/opinion and cost point of view.
A. We will consider the proposal as long as it is innovative, offers post tail pipe solutions and meets the other criteria set out in the Evaluation criteria and Grant Specification. This feasibility study does not appear to be in the scope as it is not a mitigation study to reduce NOX post tailpipe.
Q10. We want to qualify what is meant by ‘Barriers impregnated with titanium dioxide have already been tested and therefore are out of scope.’ Are barriers a generic terms for any surface or road side barriers?
A. This refers to the road side barriers being impregnated with titanium dioxide.