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The application process

We don’t want any part of our application process to be a barrier to your team entering so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or concerns via

We are more interested in your ideas and approach than a perfect application. We are looking for applications from many voices and backgrounds. To support your application, we encourage you to speak to one of the Rapid Recovery team and use the resources on this site. Find out more below…

How the application process works

The application form: The application form will help you explain how your solution meets the various assessment criteria. Download a PDF version to get an idea of how long this process might take your team.

The assessors: Each eligible application received will be reviewed by two assessors. Using a combined average of their scores (marked against criteria as detailed in the assessment criteria) all entries will be ranked and a moderated shortlist of 24 entries (12 per stream) will go to the judges.  Assessors are external experts recruited specifically for this role. 

The judges: The judges will meet to review the assessors’ shortlist and select 12 participants (six per stream) to take part in the Rapid Recovery Challenge as semi-finalists. The external, independent judging panel has a wealth of experience and insight relevant to the challenge and the challenge’s assessment criteria.

Due Diligence: We will undertake background checks on your organisation to assess financial security and to check your organisation against the eligibility criteria. These checks are designed to highlight issues that could affect the integrity of the Challenge or prevent you from completing the Challenge.

How we support you to apply:

  • Please download a PDF of our application form so that you have a good idea of what the application process will involve. When you are ready to apply, click the link below to complete the application form online. Please note, all applications must be submitted via our online application portal
  • You can sign up to one of our information webinars to hear more about the Challenge and to ask team members any questions.

Webinar 1. 24 September, 11am – 12am.

Webinar 2. 6 October, 10am – 11am


Applications open on Monday 14 September 2020 and close at 12pm (noon) GMT on 26 October 2020.