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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is inviting submissions to carry out an effective impact evaluation and “Summative Assessment” for the ‘Sustainability Hub and Accelerator - Innovate to Adapt’ project.

The project is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the conditions for which include a requirement to conduct a thorough Summative Assessment in accordance with guidance published by the ERDF Managing Authority, which is the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

As well as meeting the requirements of DLUHC, the Summative Assessment should be underpinned by a programme of active and planned engagement with project beneficiaries and the project team who will provide relevant data to assist the Summative Assessment. The final Summative Assessment report will include an evaluation of the overall impact of the project and any lessons learned that might inform the development of further activities and engagement with businesses.  More information can be found below.

Project Description

This project was designed to help businesses respond to major shocks such as climate change and its impacts, as well as market and trading environments, and to assist them in developing resilience whilst turning these challenges into business opportunities and to drive competitiveness, primarily in the Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough ESIF area but open to SMEs in all of England.

The project was also designed to exploit the capability that exists in small and medium sized enterprises to respond to the sustainability challenges through innovation and adaptation.

CISL has expertise that can be focussed on SMEs through business support and the creation of the new accelerator, to provide support, convene and network in an open innovation environment with corporates, staff and academics.

The project has/is being delivered through two elements:

  • Capital refurbishment and fit out of 1 Regent Street
  • Revenue SME Business Support

Download the Summative Assessment Tender Specification

Download Annex A and B

Tender Opened: 31st October 2022
Submission of questions by: 14th November 2022
Responses to questions posted by: 18th November 2022
Tender return deadline: 30th November 2022

Please send your tender to

Questions/clarifications can be sent to



Q. Could you please state what the targets are for the Sustainability Hub and Accelerator project? In particular, what is the C1 target?

200 (broken down into C4: 180 and C5: 20)

Q. Is the £20k proposed budget inclusive or exclusive of VAT?


Q. Is the final report due at the beginning or the end of April 2023?

End of March 2023

Q. How many project beneficiaries were there?  

Our original target was 250 (SMEs or entrepreneurs) which was subsequently reduced to 237 in line with an approved project change request

Q. What was actually delivered to the beneficiaries under the Revenue Business Support part of the scheme? Were there variations in what was delivered to each beneficiary? For example?      

We have delivered support via a variety of programmes - mainly, but not limited to, 6-week ‘accelerator’ support programmes, providing 12 hrs support, held online.  There have been 2-3 other formats (in-person, shorter sessions, and those members who locate in the workspace) so far.

Q. Are there lists of firms who applied but who were not successful and do they have contact details for these firms?


Q. The scheme was open to firms in Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough ESIF area but open to SMEs in all of England. What is the geographical split in project beneficiaries?          

We can provide this data as part of delivery of the summative assessment, but due to online format of delivery (due to Covid19) we have had a higher geographical spread than envisaged.

Q. How many Business Innovation Managers are there working on the project?



Part-funded by the EU's European Regional Development Fund.