Glossary of the most commonly used terms and expressions
Consortia / Consortium
A consortium is typically comprised of a group of companies, research organisations and/or academic bodies or institutions with the objective of delivering a project instigated by the ETI, after being awarded the work following the submission of a collective response to a Request for Proposals. Project delivery teams do not need to structure themselves as a consortium, but rather can deliver the project through a principal contractor/sub-contractor structure
The Executive Committee is the managing committee of the ETI, which has well defined executive powers and which meets frequently to manage the affairs and further the purposes of the organisation.
This is the organisation which is a member of a consortium working on an ETI project, and which coordinates the activities of all the consortium participants, and which acts as the primary interface between the consortium and the ETI. Prior to contract award, the ETI also expects that organisations carry out this activity to effectively manage the project team to get to contract award.
Member Company / Member Companies / Partner / Board Member
These refer to one of the private and UK Government organisations who are one of the “partners” or “owners” in the ETI, a limited liability partnership. The ETI is currently comprised of seven members: BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell (private sector members) and the UK Government (through the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) . Each Member has at least one representative on the ETI Board.
Project Participant / Project Partner
This refers to an individual organisation whether from the private sector, public sector or academic body / institution and which is part of a consortium delivering a project on behalf of the ETI.
Request for Proposals or RfP
A Request for Proposals (RfP) is the first stage of the ETI’s procurement process, which involves issuing a request for suppliers to submit a response to a project identified by an RfP.
In its simplest form, state aid is a European Commission term which refers to forms of assistance from a public body or publicly-funded body, given to undertakings engaged in economic commercial activity on a selective basis.