Submitting your application

This section of the guidance for applicants provides you with the following step by step instructions on how to upload your documents for submission to a Technology Strategy Board competition:

  1. Registering for a competition
  2. Your username and password
  3. Your files and their formats
  4. Uploading your documents

1. Registering for a competition

If you are the lead or single applicant, you will need to register for a competition in order to receive your username, password and a unique application form. Click here to register for your competition:

2.  Your username and password

Once you have registered for your competition you will receive an email containing your username, password and a secure URL. 

  1. Please check immediately the information you have received by clicking on the URL.
  2. You will now see the public website for the competition. From here you will be able to download documents specific to the competition. For example, for a single stage competition or at the full stage of a 2 stage competition, you will need to download the Finance Forms from this area.
  3. From this website you will  be able to enter (do not copy and paste)
    • your Username
    • your Password
    • click to confirm your acceptance of Terms & Conditions
    • click the 'Log in' button.
    • If this is your first log in then you will be required to change your password to one that is at least 8 characters long.

The online folder that is now visible is where you will be able to upload your completed documents.  

3.  Your files and their formats

Before you upload your documents, we advise you to check that you have the correct files, filenames and formats for the competition.

Your files must be named as follows:

  • Appendices should begin with APPENDIX and include the appendix reference of A, B or C plus your applicant number. For example: APPENDIXAApp12345
  • File names must only be made up of Alpha Numeric characters, otherwise they will not be recognised by the system and they will not be assessed. Please do not include any other signs or symbols in the filename.

File formats must follow the conventions listed below:

  • Application or Finance Forms supplied by the Technology Strategy Board for completion should not be converted, encrypted or zipped.
  • Your Application Form should be saved as a Word document (.doc) or (.docx).   They must not be converted and submitted as a pdf document as they will not be recognised by our system and so will not be assessed.
  • Finance forms should be saved as an Excel document (.xls) or (.xlsx).
  • Appendices must follow the requirements described in the specific Competition Details guidance and be of a recognised file format: MS-Word (.doc or .docx), MS-Excel (.xls or xlsx), MS-PowerPoint (.ppt) or Portable Document Format (.pdf)

4.  Uploading your documents

To upload your documents and submit them to us, please follow these steps:

  1. Click on the URL supplied with your username and password which will take you to your secure login site.
  2. Enter (do not copy and paste) your Username and Password.
  3. Click on the T&Cs box, and click the log in button. 
  4. The online folder that is now visible is where you need to upload your completed documents. Click on the upload tab and click select files to show the file browser.
  5. Select your file and click open and your file(s) will appear as 'pending'. You now need to click on the Start Upload button to upload your files.
  6. Once your file is uploaded you will see the file size, type and date information. Please ensure that the file size and name match the file details that you wished to upload. This will confirm that your files have successfully uploaded.
  7. Thats it! You have successfully submitted your application. Please note that you will not receive an email notification of your submission.

Please note;

  • If you cannot view the login tab on the right hand side of the page, use the zoom out function on your internet browser window until it appears.
  • The system may not work when copying and pasting username/password. If this happens, please manually enter your details.

 For security reasons you will be unable to download/open any documents that have been uploaded to the secure area. You should therefore verify that the file showing on your secure upload site has the same name and size as the one you intended to submit.

If you experience any difficulty with your login at any time during the competition process, please contact the Competitions Helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email

Last updated on Wednesday 26 September 2012 at 09:56

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