Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

There are some restrictions for entering this competition. Please check the terms and conditions carefully before entering. By entering this competition you are deemed to accept these competition rules and the terms and conditions. 

By submitting an application to the competition you declare that you are eligible to participate, that the detail you submit is your own team idea, that you give permission for the University of Glasgow to use and disseminate your work without restriction and that you have read and accepted all of the terms and conditions in full. 


1. The competition is open to teams of 2-5 early-career researchers to submit an application. Teams which include an industrial collaborator are encouraged. Similarly, applications which include team members from the College of Science and Engineering; Physics; Chemistry etc. are encouraged. Lead applicants must be PhD students within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. Teams can consist of:

  • PhD student(s) within MVLS (at least two per team). *
  • MRes student (optional). *
  • MVLS research staff within eight years of the award of their PhD (restricted to only one member of research staff per team). *
  • Industrial collaborator (optional)

* Applicants must be working or studying at the University of Glasgow until 26 September 2019

2. Entries must consist of at least a Team of 2 to a maximum of 5. 

3. Lead applicants must be PhD students within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (eg. if your team consists of only two members, both must be MVLS PhD students. Larger teams can include other members as stated in point 1 above, but must still have two MVLS PhD students).

4. PGR students who participate in this competition can claim two transferable skills credit. 

5. Only one application can be submitted per team, and individuals can only be involved in one team. 

6. Copyrighted material must not be used unless written permission has been granted. 

7. All application entries/pitches must be the original work and idea of the team and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entries/pitches must be the owner of copyright and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries/pitches or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. Where a residential property, belonging to someone other than the entrant is featured, written consent must be provided. 

8. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight, Tuesday 30th April 2019

9. Applications received after midnight on  Tuesday 30th April 2019 will be disregarded. No responsibility is taken for applications that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete, or for applications that cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.  Proof of delivery of any entry is not proof of receipt. 

10. Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The degree of novelty, timeliness and originality of the Innovation idea and the mix of disciplines – applications which include collaboration with colleagues from other colleges and industrial partners are particularly welcome.
  • The extent to which the research team has the necessary skills to realise the aims of the application.
  • The potential impact of the research.
  • The extent to which the application details how the team will be sustained after the duration of the award and the longer term plans of the team.
  • The planned outcomes of the project in terms of external funding applications and publications.
  • Consideration of any commercial opportunities that may arise from the project idea.
  • Alignment with the University strategic plan and MVLS priority research themes.

The winning team will be awarded the £10,000 first prize which should be spent within 2 years of receipt, the winners will also receive an IP review conducted by the university's Technology Transfer Office. It is a condition of acceptance of the prize that the money will be used for the development of the Innovation. This may be for marketing, advertising, market research, research and development costs, laboratory consumables, Contract Research Organisation services outside of the University and any reasonable costs associated with realising the potential of the winning Innovation. The funds should not be used for research that is unrelated to development of the Innovation, funding research where there are already funds in place, extending the contracts of individuals working on the innovation or hiring new University employees to work on the innovation.

11. The innovation idea must not have won a prize in any other competition or be patented. Do not submit an application that is being considered for other competitions or if idea is patented.  

12. The judges’ decision is final and binding. As such no correspondence will be entered into in this regard.  The organisers reserve the right not to process applications submitted, at their sole discretion.  In particular, organisers will decline to process applications which are considered to be unduly offensive, or that might put any person or group at particular risk.

13. The entrants indemnifies the competition organisers from any loss, injury or damage that may occur in the production of their innovation application.  If the idea has a potentially dangerous experiment or pitch has flashing images, a warning must be given or as a written warning.

14. By submitting an entry to the competition you declare that you are eligible to participate, that the work you submit is your teams' and that you give permission for the University of Glasgow to use and disseminate your work without restriction. Entrants also agree to take part in post-competition publicity. While we make every effort to credit entrants, including in reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every use will include the entrant’s names.

15. At any point the organisers can request a detailed breakdown of prize money expenditure and progress of development. If money is deemed to not being used appropriately or in line with University of Glasgow financial regulations, the organisers can request a return of funds. 

16. Entries must not contravene any confidentiality terms or agreements.

17. Entrants must not have breached any laws when submitting their application and in creation of pitch. 

18. By entering this competition you are deemed to accept these competition rules and the terms and conditions which will be governed by the laws of Scotland.

19. The University of Glasgow reserves the right to cancel this competition or amend the terms and conditions of the competition at any time.