How to pitch
Selected applicants will be invited to give a 5-10 minute to pitch to the CAPE Challenge panel, followed by up to 10 minutes of questions from the panel. Applicants can use visuals during their pitch.
Pitches will be assessed on the following:
The extent to which the proposal addresses an aspect of the policy challenge which has been set.
The scope for increasing academic-policy engagement through the proposal
The scope for enhancing research impact on policy through the proposal
How innovative the proposal is in addressing the policy challenge
The general credibility of the application and pitch and the extent to which it is expected to meet objectives
Pitches will take place virtually.
The CAPE Challenge Panel will consist of members of the CAPE team and the policy stakeholders who proposed the challenge(s).
How to prepare your pitch
Selected applicant’s pitches should demonstrate a feasible policy engagement strategy and implementation plan that speaks to the particular policy challenge to which you are responding. You should cover:
- a brief description of the policy challenge that you are responding to as you understand it and how your proposal will address an aspect of that policy challenge
- a brief statement of why you personally will deliver on the challenge (i.e. your skills)
- the kinds of outcomes you expect to have, who will benefit and why
- how you plan to engage stakeholders throughout the project and beyond
- how you will create and evaluate outputs and outcomes
You might also wish to consider value for money and time frame, and any additional context you want the panel to be aware of.
- Keep to 5-10 minutes
- Demonstrate your awareness of the policy context
- Be clear on which policy challenge you are addressing and explain why and how
- Speak to all panel members (not just the individual relevant for your particular challenge)
- Be specific (don’t just say you’ll meet with stakeholders, say with who, why and what)
- Focus on your envisaged outputs and outcomes
- Use jargon
- Spend time describing research methods