Research Innovation Enterprise

Applications open for Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2019

Applications are now open for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2019 – 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.

If you are interested in being nominated please contact Fiona Mason, Leader of Business Engagement in RIO:
T: 0131 455 3357
M: 07747 758703

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.

Why should you apply?
Now in its fourth year, the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards are well established as THE showcase event of the year for knowledge exchange in Scotland.

Being shortlisted or winning an award will provide you with essential evidence for your Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 submissions. The value of impact case studies has increased from 20% to 25%, so applying is the perfect way to start your REF 2021 preparations.

Previous award winners have reported the following benefits from winning:

· Independent endorsement of research impacts

· Peer recognition for students, lecturers, academics, departments and institutions

· Development of transferable skills and increased employability for students

· Innovative partnerships and collaborations showcased

· Increased media coverage.

We are calling for entries across seven categories – the largest number to date!

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.

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.

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.

Powerful Partnership Award
For a partnership that has demonstrated long-term strategic benefits to both the business and the academic teams

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
To recognise different business sectors and academic disciplines that have come together to provide an innovative solution to a challenge.


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