Before you begin

Applications are due by 23:59 GMT 8 December 2019.

The application form is likely to take 1.5 hours in total to complete. You are able to save and return to the form if you cannot complete it all at once.

You can make use of the check list provided below to ensure you have all the relevant information to hand ahead of completing the application form.

Check list 

This form will ask you about:

  • Your organisation, any partners, and who will be involved in delivery. NOTE: Only the LEAD partner for the application needs to complete a form, but you do need to include the details of any additional partners that will be involved in the delivery. 
  • Your proposed solution, including:

          -  The problem you want to address for whom, and how you wish to address it.

          -  What makes your solution distinct. 

  • The impact you plan to make (in either improving financial sustainability or increasing engagement in public interest news).
  • Who will be involved in delivery, and what skills, experience and capability they have to deliver.
  •  Your high-level budget, including how much grant funding you are requesting.
  • What non-financial support would be most helpful to you in advancing your solution.
  •  Your plan to sustain the solution beyond the grant-funding period


Applicants need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply:

  • You must be a UK registered organisation; if you are not, then you must have a lead partner who is a UK registered organisation and applies to this fund. 
  • Ideas need to be focused on public interest news in England and address the focus areas of this funding round.
  • The idea must be designed to benefit people in England (noting people elsewhere could also benefit)  
  • The idea, solution or business must have an intention of delivering measurable social impact & ambition to continue beyond the duration of this fund 

We are unable to support:

  • Applications from individuals 
  • Ideas that have no public benefit
  • Ideas that are likely to increase inequality or exclusion, or otherwise have a harmful or detrimental effect on individuals (such as through the unethical use of private data) 
  • Any activity that is party political, affiliated to a faith or religious group
  • Pure editorial work or individual investigative journalism pieces
  • One-off projects that we would want to close down by the end of this fund


Please make sure you have read the 

 Welcome to the online entry form for the CareerTech Challenge Fund, a part of the CareerTech Challenge. The CareerTech Challenge consists of both a Prize and a Fund - this form is to enter the Fund. If you wish to apply to the Prize, information is available on the Nesta website. 

 Applications must be submitted via the Submittable platform by 14:00 GMT, Tuesday 9th December 2020.

•  The application form will take about 2 hours to complete. You can save and return to the form if you cannot complete it all at once and you can print a blank version of the form prior to filling it out. You are also able to download your submission as PDF once completed. 

•  If you are applying as a partnership, only the lead partner needs to complete an application, but they will need to include details about other partners when prompted in the form

Please make sure you have read and understood the fund eligibility criteria and FAQs. The eligibility criteria are:

•  You must be a UK registered company or UK registered charity, or have a lead partner who is

•  You are required to allocate a budget for a programme evaluation

•  You will need to have in place the ability to deliver the proposed innovation within in an existing online learning course / qualification that involves 15 - 50 hours of learning

•  Learning has to be delivered wholly or predominantly online

•  The solution must be designed to benefit people in England

•  You must be available for a development workshop on 30th January 2020 and a selection day w/c 10th February 2020.


We are not looking for:

•  Applications from individuals 

•  Solutions that are not likely to be of public benefit. We cannot support ideas that are solely or predominantly for the personal or private financial benefit of an individual or organisation.

•  Solutions that are likely to increase inequality or exclusion, or otherwise have a harmful or detrimental effect on individuals (such as through the unethical use of private data) 


This form will ask you the following information in relation to the assessment criteria:

Your details - your organisation and any partner organisations

Innovation - your solution and the technology it will use

Target beneficiaries and impact - the experience for target beneficiaries and the impact your solution will have

Capacity - your delivery plan and budget, including how much grant funding you are requesting

Sustainability -  your plan for sustaining the solution

Welcome to the online entry form for the CareerTech Challenge Prize, a part of the CareerTech Challenge. The CareerTech Challenge consists of both a Prize and a Fund - this form is to enter the Prize. If you wish to apply to the Fund, information is available on the Nesta website.

Prize entries must be submitted via the Submittable platform by 14:00 GMT, Wednesday 29 January 2020. 

Entries must respond to the prize statement, and will be evaluated against our Judging Criteria. We expect to be able to notify you of the outcome of your entry in April 2020

Please respond directly to the questions in the form, providing concrete examples and/or evidence to support your entry where possible. Entries should be completed in English, and we ask that you avoid unnecessary jargon or unexplained acronyms. You must complete the entry form; partial or incomplete forms will not be eligible. 

All the information about the Prize can be found in the Innovator Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions. Before submitting, ensure you have read these documents, and review the following checklist:

  1. Have you read and understood the prize statement and are you confident that your idea meets the aims of the Prize? 
  2. Do you understand all the Judging Criteria and know what the judges will be looking for? 
  3. Do you meet all the Eligibility Criteria?
  4. Have you read carefully through the Prize Terms and Conditions?
  5. Have you read our Privacy Policy?
  6. Have you reviewed the entry form and the questions you will be expected to answer?

 

Before you submit an application, please ensure that you have carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) and eligibility criteria.

At the first stage, the application form is designed to provide us with an overview of your solution and the limited word count reflects this. Please respond directly to the questions and stick to the word limits. Use examples or evidence to back up your statements wherever possible.

All applications will be assessed against the judging criteria.

Please note that questions marked as ‘public’ will be the basis of the information we use to promote your application if you are selected as one of the 15 semi-finalists of the prize. All questions marked with an asterisk (*) are compulsory.

You can save a draft at any time and come back to your application later. The name and email address you entered to log in will be used as the lead contact details for your application. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. If not, please check your spam folder.

If you have any further questions or queries relating to the Challenge Prize that have not been answered in the FAQs or T&Cs, please email smartageing@nesta.org.uk.

The deadline for applications is 17:30 CET on 26th February 2020. The AAL Programme and its contractors cannot be held responsible for late applications caused by technical problems.

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