What are the different phases of the application process and what is expected of me?

Shooting Star


Phase 1: Programme submission
  • Register on the open call page and receive an email with the link to the full application.
  • Submission of a written submittable application to the research challenge by 23:59 UK time on the 3rd of April 2022.
  • Round 1 – Judges will review applications, and will notify successful applicants of their desire to progress the applicant to round 2, and will also provide feedback on the initial application. Applicants will then have 2 days to update their application, to incorporate this feedback.  Also, selected applicants who pass this review will be asked to enter into a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with NCSC. Once the NDA is signed, shortlisted applicants will be provided with a draft programme agreement (“Programme Agreement”) setting out the contractual terms which apply to the Programme, and will progress to the next stage of the application process.
  • Round 2 – Judges will then review the amended applications, and will select the final applicants to progress to the Pitching session.
Phase 2: Pitching session
  • For shortlisted companies, a presentation of your proposed research, including proposed methodology and identified risks, to a panel of judges relevant to the programme.
  • Final selection of the participation companies will be made after the pitching session.
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Phase 3: Successful offer of a place on research programme and contracting
  • You will be informed of the outcome of the application, and if successful, we will offer you a place on the programme.
  • You will then be asked to confirm your place and sign the T&Cs and Programme Agreement. The successful applicant will then enter into a contract directly with NCSC.
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