Applications are now open for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2019

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the impacts achieved through academic and business partnerships.  We'd like to show Scotland how innovative businesses, universities, research institutes and colleges are leading the way towards economic growth, societal improvements and environmental advances and further positioning Scotland as a CAN DO nation.

We are excited to introduce new look categories and for the first time, we are on tour!  We will be bringing businesses, entrepreneurs, higher and further education staff and support ecosystem partners together through a series of regional events.

Applications are now open – deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 30th November 2018 and the winners will be announced at The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards on Thursday 21st February 2019.

Champion of the Year 
Recognising an individual in academia (university, college, research institute), business or support organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to Knowledge Exchange. Applications should demonstrate how the individual has gone the extra mile above and beyond their day job. Submission via application form - download the form here. 

Innovation of the Year Award
Awarded to an innovative product, process or service that has been developed over the past five years. Applications should demonstrate how the academic partnership has been fundamental in supporting the product, service or process innovation.
This award is for Interface facilitated and Innovation Voucher projects only. The Interface team will nominate projects and will contact businesses and academics directly to request further detail for the judging panel.

Making a Difference Award
Celebrating collaborative projects which have achieved significant social or environmental impacts that ultimately contribute towards a better, fairer and more sustainable future.
Submission via application form - download the form here.

Multiparty Collaboration Award 
Open to groups of consortia involving three or more parties working together on an innovative research project; the group must include research partners from academia and at least one business. Applications should demonstrate innovation and impact as a result of working together to solve a common challenge while also having a significant benefit for each party involved.
Submission via application form - download the form here.

Powerful Partnership Award 
For a partnership that has demonstrated long-term strategic benefits to both the business and the academic teams.
Submission via application form - download the form here.

Rising Star of the Year
Open to final year students, Postgraduate Students or KTP Associates who have been hosted or sponsored by a business based in Scotland for a minimum of three months for a specific project that has increased the skills of the individual student or associate as well as increased innovation within the company.

Spotlight Award – new for 2019!
To recognise different business sectors and academic disciplines that have come together to provide an innovative solution to a challenge.
The winner will be selected by the judges from all of the applications received. 

Knowledge Exchange Tour - Getting the right people together

This Autumn we're taking Knowledge Exchange on Tour for an exclusive series of events for businesses, entrepreneurs, higher and further education staff and support ecosystem partners.  We want you to be part of our knowledge exchange conversations and networks as we tour across Scotland.  Join us to take a closer look at some of the exciting collaborations that are happening between academia and industry learning from some of our fabulous collaborators – who knows, maybe you’ll be future Scottish Knowledge Exchange Award Winners!

For more details on the awards and tour please visit the Interface website