What do you mean by 'innovation', 'cashable savings' and 'non-cashable savings'?
For the purposes of Innovate to Save, we’re using the following definition of the term innovation:
"Put simply, public sector innovation involves creating, developing and implementing practical ideas that achieve a public benefit. These ideas have to be at least in part new (rather than improvements); they have to be taken up and used (rather than simply remaining ideas); and they have to be useful. By this definition innovation overlaps with, but is different from, creativity and entrepreneurship.”
For the purposes of Innovate to Save, we’re using the following definition of the term cashable savings:
"Cashable savings are those savings that are reflected on a budget line."
For the purposes of Innovate to Save, non-cashable savings can be defined as any activity that increases value or reduces the amount of resources required to deliver a service which cannot be reflected on a budget line. This may include delivering more (quantity or value) for service users.
Can I apply if I’m a private sector company?
No, applications can only be submitted by public and third sector organisations based in Wales. However, private sector organisations can partner with one of these organisations.
How do you define "third sector"?
For the purposes of Innovate to Save, third sector organisations are:
- independent, non-governmental bodies;
- established voluntarily by people who choose to organise themselves;
- ‘value-driven’ and motivated by social, cultural or environmental objectives, rather than simply to make a profit;
- committed to reinvesting their surpluses to further their social aims and for the benefit of people and communities in Wales
This definition is inline with the definition used by Welsh Government to administer applications to the Invest to Save fund.
Can the budget be used to cover staff costs?
Yes, however, you should also ensure that you have enough budget to cover the costs associated with your R&D project. Think about how you’re going to prototype, test and evaluate your idea - do you need to build something new or work with an external partner?
Can the budget be used to cover overheads?
No, we can’t cover overheads during the R&D phase.
I’ve already tested my idea, can I skip the R&D phase?
Innovate to Save is a programme so we can’t, at this stage, accept applications for loan finance from people who haven’t taken part in the R&D phase. If you believe that your idea is ready to be implemented, please get in touch with the Invest to Save team to see how they can help.
Does my idea have to be digital?
No, not at all. In fact, we expect a significant number of applications not to involve the use of digital technology.
Does my project need to be related to one of the four thematic areas?
No. We are interested in supporting ideas that generate cashable savings in the public sector, wherever they operate. There is no expectation that projects bend towards any of the themes that are of interest to Innovate to Save, and there is no weighting in favour of projects concerned with the themes in our scoring criteria. Of the approx 20 projects that are expected to progress to the R&D phase of the programme, we anticipate that approximately 10 of these will be related to the themes and 10 will not be related to the themes.
Do I have to secure match funding?
No, match funding isn’t necessary. You are welcome to bring match funding into the project, however, this must be secured before you submit your application to Innovate to Save.
We don’t have any research skills in our organisation, will this be a problem?
No, not at all. The team from Y Lab will support you to deliver the research element of your R&D project where appropriate.
Is there a deadline?
Yes, the deadline for submission of applications is 10am on Tuesday 23 May 2017. We will then process, score and shortlist all the applications received before inviting a selection of applicants to take part in interviews.