Helping Innovate UK respond to the biggest competition challenge they have ever faced​ | Analytics Engines

June 9th, 2020

Innovate UK | Analytics Engines

The biggest competition challenge Innovate UK has ever faced

Our solution, Cobalt Grant Manager, has supported the Applications & Assessment team at Innovate UK respond to the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.

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The Challenge

As part of the UK’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, the UK government has rolled out a number of measures, including a range of grants, loans and guarantees, designed to limit fiscal and economic damage over the longer term.

In April 2020, Innovate UK managed a £20 million funding competition. This was set up by the UK government to enable innovative businesses to help build the UK’s resilience against the long-term effects of COVID-19.

16 Days

The competition opened on Friday, April 3rd and closed on Friday, April 19th, a period of just 16 days. A typical Smart competition is run over a 4 month period.

8,500 Applications

Innovate UK received almost 8,500 applications for the competition. The organisation typically receives between 9,000 to 10,000 applications annually.

10,000 Assessor Allocations

Each application is reviewed by multiple assessors. Cobalt Grant Manager assigned more than 10,000 applications to assessors as part of the competition.

Testimonial

The Analytics Engines team have been extremely communicative and supportive throughout the process and were very keen to find ways to assist and support us. Building that kind of relationship has been very helpful from my perspective. What it means is that we have a team of people that we can rely upon to get things done with a limited amount of oversight from us.

James Danek
Applications and Assessment Team Leader
Innovate UK

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