The Mayor's Resilience Fund FAQs

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1. What is the Mayor’s Resilience Fund?

The Resilience Fund is the Mayor of London’s £1 million open innovation programme calling on  innovators to address key challenges facing London, help us emerge stronger from COVID-19 and ensure the capital is prepared for future disruptive challenges.

We will fund a range of proposals that will help London’s small businesses and civic society emerge from the current crisis stronger and more resilient. You can find out more about what each individual challenge is trying to achieve by visiting https://challenges.org/mayors-resilience-fund/. For the delivery of data-led projects, we champion the approach and methodology set out by the London Office of Technology And Innovation.

An open innovation competition is a public competition that aims to tap into and engage the broadest possible community of innovators in the solving of a specific problem or challenge. They are particularly suited to solving problems that share some key characteristics: 

  • Problems that are defined well enough so that a clear goal for innovators can be set.
  • Problems that would benefit from the fresh thinking that comes from new innovators; for instance, because the field is stagnant, has few players, or there is a related field that is much more dynamic.
  • Problems where a prize could attract new innovators to address them, within a reasonable budget and timescale.
  • Problems where the additional funding and attention of the prize could address market failures, galvanise action and accelerate progress.
  • Problems where the solution could thrive in the market (or find continued funding) after the prize is awarded.

The Resilience Fund is delivered by the Mayor of London in partnership with Nesta Challenges

Nesta Challenges has been designing and running innovation challenges that help solve pressing problems that lack solutions for nearly 10 years. We shine a spotlight where it matters and incentivise people and organisations to solve these problems. We are independent supporters of change to help communities thrive and inspire the best placed, most diverse groups of people around the world to take action.

2. Fund Structure and Timeline

The Fund is running in four different stages.

Stage 1: Open call for Resilience Partners and designing Challenges

Stage completed 

The Fund selected 10 Resilience Partners (local authorities, BIDs, charities etc.) who put forward challenges that will help London emerge from the current crisis stronger and more resilient. Working with the Resilience Partners the Fund designed 10 distinct challenges that require innovative solutions.

 

Stage 2: Open call for innovators

23 February – 1 April 2021

Entries to the Fund will be open for all 10 challenges. Potential innovators will have the opportunity to attend webinars with Resilience Partners to understand the challenges better. We are looking for submissions from innovators such as tech start-ups and SMEs, engineers, data scientists, social enterprises and organisations that are working in an area that could address one of the challenges.

 

Assessment & Selection (first round of assessment)

April 2021

Up to four innovators will be selected for each of the 10 challenges – up to 40 innovators in total – and will each receive £10k at this stage.

 

Stage 3: Delivery Phase 1

May-June 2021

Innovators work with Resilience Partners to refine and test solutions. Innovators will have the opportunity to access a network of potential customers and investors, and attend a programme of expert advice and training to support product development including on topics such as service design, user-centred design, pitching support and more. 

 

Assessment & Selection (second round of assessment)

June 2021

Ten winning teams (one innovator per challenge) will be selected to receive up to £40k each to implement their projects in the real world.

 

Stage 4: Delivery Phase 2

June-September 2021

Winning innovators implement solutions with Resilience Partners

 

 

Entries Open: 23 February 2021

Entries Close: midday (12pm GMT), 01 April 2021

40 finalist innovators announced: Early May 2021

10 winning innovators announced: In June 2021

 

Innovators will be selected by a judging panel, who will assess entries based on the Fund’s assessment criteria which can be found on our website. The Resilience Partners and the Greater London Authority (GLA) will also participate in the assessment and selection process. More information on what the different challenges are looking for can be found in the respective challenge briefs on our website.

3. About the Resilience Partners and challenges

We have selected 10 Resilience Partners – local authorities, public agencies, social enterprises and business improvement districts – to define a range of challenges that reflect the stresses facing London to help make our city a stronger, more robust place to live.  More details about each Resilience Partner can be found in the challenge briefs online at https://challenges.org/mayors-resilience-fund/.

We looked for organisations that were seeking a solution to a challenge compatible with London’s eight resilience themes as set out in the London Resilience Strategy, and that were willing to put in the time and resources needed to collaborate to find the solution. An open call for Resilience Partners was held from September – December 2020. The open call for Resilience Partners is now closed.

Resilience Partners are the problem holders enabling innovators to develop solutions around the challenges. They will provide support and guidance to innovators as they design their solutions. What each Resilience Partner will provide to innovators will vary depending on the challenge, but could include access to relevant data, networks, 1:1 meetings, workshops, access to pilot sites etc. See the relevant challenge page on our website for more information.   

 

The Resilience Partners will also participate in innovator assessment and selection.

You can find more information on each of these challenges on https://challenges.org/mayors-resilience-fund/.

4. Who can enter the Fund?

Entries received by the relevant deadline will be assessed against the eligibility criteria set out below. Entries which do not meet the eligibility criteria shall not be accepted. Late entries will not be accepted. The eligibility criteria are final and the Greater London Authority (GLA) reserves the right to refuse any entry that does not meet the eligibility criteria or comply with the terms and conditions.

 

Eligibility criteria: 

  • A London-based team, with a registered company/charity in the UK
  • Sole traders can apply but must show VAT registration, public liability insurance or employer’s liability insurance, and audited accounts or a profit and loss statement
  • You may enter as a single organisation or as a partnership, however partnerships must nominate a lead organisation (that is a registered entity). 
  • Entries will not be accepted from individuals
  • You can submit an entry for more than one challenge, but you must submit a separate application for each challenge. 
  • We cannot fund activity which is party-political in intention, use, or presentation nor to support or promote religious activity.
  • Employees of Nesta, Greater London Authority, Resilience Partners or organisations working on the Prize, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter.
  • We are unable to accept entries from any organisation that is currently: bankrupt, in liquidation, having their affairs administered by the courts or entered into an arrangement with creditors. 

Yes.

The Fund is open to entries from any type of organisation or company registered in the UK. Partnerships and collaborations between organisations are also eligible. Sole traders are eligible.

5. How to enter the Fund

Submit your entry online through the GLA Open Project System (GLA-OPS). Fund entries must be submitted by midday (12pm GMT) 01 April 2021.

Before completing your form, make sure that you’ve:

  • Read the FAQs, the funding terms and conditions and Privacy Policy, you can find links to these on our website.
  • Reviewed the PDF version of our entry form.
  • Familiarised yourself with the relevant challenge statement, the eligibility criteria, and the judging criteria and make sure you can clearly address them in your entry form. 

If you are ready to enter, go to the entry page here. You will need to register your organisation on GLA-OPS. When registering, please select the Mayor’s Resilience Fund programme under “GLA Regeneration Unit”. 

We will use the contact details you provide to contact you about the Challenge. If you do not respond within 14 days, or if you subsequently withdraw or are withdrawn from the Challenge for any reason, another entry may be selected in your place, but there is no requirement or obligation for this to happen.

We have designed the entry process to be as straightforward as possible. We advise you to start your entry before the deadline because we cannot be responsible for technical difficulties after the deadline of midday (12pm BST) 01 April 2021. The downloadable pdf entry form can be accessed here. If you have any problems with the online form please contact innovation@london.gov.uk.

There are no fees to participate in the Fund.

No.

6. Why participate - what the Fund offers

In the first round, up to 40 innovators (one per challenge) will be awarded £10k each, as well as access to capacity building support to develop their solution.

The Resilience Partners will also be offering access to various types of in-kind support to help innovators develop their solutions (e.g. access to data, testing sites etc), please see the individual challenges located at https://challenges.org/mayors-resilience-fund/ for more information.

In the second round, 10 innovators will be selected as winners and will be awarded up to £40k each to implement their solution.

In addition to the grant money, participation in the fund will provide opportunities for:

  • Route to market: Connect with potential customers, investors and partners and work with Londoners to refine your product offering
  • Validate solutions: Test and validate your solutions directly with market leaders
  • Business support: Access the knowledge, expertise and insights of our partner networks, and attend a programme of expert advice and training
  • Raised profile: Increase your brand awareness and profile by taking part in the Mayor’s Resilience Fund

The grants will be paid in pounds sterling and the grantees are responsible for payment of tax and other charges in relation to the award of the Fund.

7. Help and Support

Visit the website https://challenges.org/mayors-resilience-fund/ or https://www.tech.london/resilience or contact innovation@london.gov.uk about any questions you may have about the Mayor’s Resilience Fund.

8. Intellectual Property Rights

Yes, contestants will retain rights over any intellectual property developed as a result of participation in the Fund, and will grant to the GLA a non-exclusive, perpetual, sub-licensable, irrevocable, royalty-free licence to the project intellectual property rights for the purpose of using, testing and developing the products. Where possible, we encourage entrants to demonstrate a willingness to follow the principles of open data and open standards as set out in the Emerging Technology Charter. This is not a requirement for entry, but is looked favourably upon.

Entries will be kept confidential. Entrants are required to share information (for example, any information included in their entry) with the GLA for the purposes of administering the Fund. The GLA may in turn share this information with our partners in this Fund, subject to appropriate obligations of confidentiality and data protection. More information on how we use your personal data is included in our Privacy Policy.

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